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All About Women (Digital Talks): Actually Autistic w. Grace Tame, Chloé Hayden & Jac den Houting (13-31 March) (Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6, TAFE Students, Teacher, Parent)

On Demand

Chloé Hayden (Quinni from Heartbreak High), Grace Tame and other panellists discuss what living with autism is actually like and the fact 80% of females with autism are misdiagnosed. 



We live in a society that is only just beginning to recognise neurodivergence in women and non-binary people. So how does it feel to be misdiagnosed for years? Does greater public awareness make socialising a little bit simpler? What are some strategies to cope with ableist systems? And what stereotypes do we really need to put in the bin?

Your students are invited to join this panel of powerhouse women and non-binary people to hear about living with autism. They’ll be sharing about navigating social scenes and professional settings, and what masking and mimicry mean. This will be an essential session exploring how everyone can be part of a world that is inclusive, accessible and full of support.


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Sydney Opera House


Since being announced Australian of the Year in January 2021, Grace Tame has become a household name as an advocate for systemic change to prevent child sexual abuse. She was the first female in Tasmania to be granted the right to speak under her own name about her personal experience of sexual abuse as a child. Since then, Grace has used her voice to raise awareness of the impacts of abuse. Her memoir, The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner, was published in 2022.

Chloé Hayden is an award-winning actor and disability advocate, motivational speaker and social media influencer whose story of being ‘different, not less’ has attracted a worldwide following. She stars as Quinn in Heartbreak High, the Netflix remake of the iconic Australian series. Her first book is Different, Not Less: A neurodivergent’s guide to embracing your true self and finding your happily ever after.

Dr Jac den Houting (they/them) is a research psychologist and autistic activist working in pursuit of social justice. Jac trained as a psychologist in Brisbane, Australia, where they also completed their PhD through Griffith University’s Autism Centre of Excellence. Currently, Jac is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, where they investigate structural and systemic inequities in autism research. Jac is a strong advocate for the autistic community, and served for 7 years on the Board of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 31-Mar-2023 11:59PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


1 Hour


This talk has been made available for free to registered High Schools as part of All about Women – Sydney Opera House’s Talks and Ideas festival.



Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

HSIE » Society and Culture

Other KLAs


Creative Arts

Presenter Bio

Dr Amy Thunig is a Gomeroi/Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi yinarr (woman) and mother who resides on the unceded lands of the Awabakal peoples. An academic in the field of education, Amy is also a Director at Story Factory in Redfern. As well as being on various committees and councils, Amy is a media commentator and panellist, regularly appearing on television programs such as ABC’s The Drum, and writing for publications such as Buzzfeed, Sydney Review of Books, IndigenousX, The Guardian and more.

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