Arts and Culture

Not all autistics stride to be tidy

Posted on: Fri 8 Mar 2024

Do you ever feel despondent, low-spirited, or uninspired to clean up after yourself? Upkeeping the cleanliness of not only the interior and exterior components of your inner subconscious, but also within your physical and psychological health parameters is vital to limit the risks associated with emotional dysregulation, demand avoidance and sensory overload while haplessly trying to figure out why it is tidiness isn’t challenging enough for those who identify as autistic.

Let’s Tidy Up is more than just about dealing with the chaotic and propulsive challenges of household domestication. When it comes down to what it is that he is striding for, the endearingly effervescent, highly successful, wickedly clever and critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer, producer, executive producer, showrunner, actor, and podcaster from Blackwater in Queensland, Josh Thomas attests to self-deprecate his varied life experiences, including the unsurprising relief he felt after recently getting diagnosed with Autism three years ago. Co-written by award-winning playwright Lally Katz, Thomas awkwardly captivates with his unfiltered eloquently and poignantly philosophical monologues, which resist over-sharing too much about the unchanging messiness of humanity, identity and mortality.

Thomas also got to discuss with De-Stigmatised‘s Jarad McLoughlin about the excessive imbalanced prices that cash strapped disabled people on the Disability Support Pension are force to pay when purchasing tickets and the inaction surrounding accessibility requirements for certain audience members e.g. providing an Auslan interpreter for only one single session to cater to those who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.

Produced by Jarad McLoughlin

Photo supplied by Nicole Reed

Jarad McLoughlin

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