January 13, 2012
In this moving interview with Peter Gzowski on CBS radio (Toronto), Donna Williams shares her experience as a person with autism, and DID.
From the About page on her blog:
She acquired functional speech in late childhood and went on to become a qualified teacher with an honors degree in Sociology and a degree in Linguistics. She is the author of two international bestselling autobiographies and has 10 published books including 4 text books widely used in autism education and two books of poetry and prose.
As a screenwriter, she wrote the screenplay to “Nobody Nowhere“, the first book in her 4 book autobiographical series. That screenplay is currently under option to become a Hollywood film. She is an professional artist, singer-songwriter and published poet as well as a world renowned public speaker on autism now living with her husband in Australia. In her presentations she draws not only on her own experiences but on international experience as a professional autism consultant since 1996.
Donna’s is a speaker in demand around the world due to her unique perspective and ability to share her feelings and experiences on a very personal level. More information about her and her life’s work can be found on her website at http://www.donnawilliams.net .
From her writings about DID, which I recommend:
I have three friends formally diagnosed with DID and have met with several others. Almost all have been relatively functional people. I am formally diagnosed with DID and other than also being a person with autism/information processing issues and immune disorders who has just come through cancer experiences, I’d say I’m also a reasonably functional person.
December 9, 2011
Since I began this site I’ve discovered so many wonderfully talented artists, of all disciplines. Eventually I’d like to create a special collection featuring samples of each artist’s work, a short bio, and contact information. I’ve put together the beginnings of a list, here, for a start.
Artist Lisa Foster crafts self-portraits that examine a difficult past.
Thursday, December 08, 2011 By James Heflin
Lisa Foster’s “A Willful Assembly”
The word “quilting” tends to bring up images of industrious grandmothers, so it’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind as a medium for a fine-art examination of childhood abuse. But for artist Lisa Foster, reproduction quilting fabrics have become central to her work examining that difficult subject.
I recently spoke with Foster as she hung her canvases for Fragments, Threads and Other Stories: Art Works by Anne Krauss, Susie Reiss and Lisa Foster at the Hosmer Gallery in Northampton’s Forbes Library. She told me that to her, quilting fabric was an extremely feminine, maybe even the most feminine, medium. At her blog, Foster says, “The fabrics soothe me and they soothe [the figures]. They cover their nakedness, heal some wounds, give them back some dignity. The fabrics are thicker skin.”
Though her art openly reflects her childhood abuse, she seems intent on creating work that is not dependent on knowing its context. She has succeeded. The human form may be a timeworn subject, but Foster’s canvases—which consist only of monochrome backgrounds and patchwork-filled figures—are captivating.
Read the rest of the article: http://www.valleyadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=14389
Visit Lisa Foster’s website: www.lisaafoster.com/
January 9, 2011
I know Trish to be a brave and well spoken survivor of extreme abuse. Below is a clip both she and psychologist Ellen Lacter produced of Ellen’s 3 hour interview with her. In the interview, Trish goes into great detail about her recovery process and what it’s like to live with DID.
The 3 DVD set is available on Trish’s website:
March 16, 2010
Matthew Branton re-surfaces here: http://matthewbranton.wordpress.com/
From the About page:
Matthew Branton is a defrocked former novelist, author of The Love Parade, The House of Whacks, Coast and The Hired Gun, amongst far too many others. He disappeared up his own fundament in 2003, following a particularly crunchy breakdown, but is finally ready to start publishing again (I’m a bit backed-up, as Princess Di used to say to her hydrotherapist). His malaises include complex-PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder, which means he doesn’t need anyone else for a rubber of bridge. He likes surfing, longboard skating, and desecrating The Cramps on his gee-tar.
Heal well and keep sharing your writing gift, Matthew, the Diva is a fan already.