A Profound Separation with Joanna Grace

Recently a new term has emerged ‘profound autism’, which refers to autistic individuals who have intellectual disabilities and require round-the-clock support. While this term has been well received in some circles, it has sparked controversy in others.

We delve into this topic with Joanna Grace and explore the new term and its implications within the autistic community in today’s podcast ‘A Profound Separation’.

During our discussion, we touch upon the following:

  • High or low functioning
  • Intellectual disability
  • The need for another new term
  • Negative connotations
  • Listening to the autistic community
  • Neurokin

Join us for this thought-provoking conversation as we shed light on profound autism and explore the controversial term.

“Why do we need these terms when we’ve got the term intellectual disability?”

Joanna Grace, Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist

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About Joanna Grace

Joanna Grace is a sensory engagement and inclusion specialist, doctoral researcher, author, trainer, TEDx speaker and Founder of The Sensory Projects.  

Joanna has worked with people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent conditions aged from 0-100 (well 1 day old – 87 years old to be precise) in a range of settings and context. 

Through all she does Joanna is seeking to contribute to a future where people are understood in spite of their differences.

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