The Invisible Wheelchair. That's the title given to this session at the Brisbane Writers Festival. It best describes the autism spectrum disorder. It's considered to be a disorder that comes with an 'invisible wheelchair'.
This discussion covers autism, but also spreads more broadly into many other disabilities, seen and unseen. It's about dealing with disability; and how your family, friends and lovers deal with you.
Taking part is Graeme Simsion, who wrote the best selling The Rosie Project, where the chief character has Aspergers, or as Simsion describes it colloquially - "he's an Aspie".
Simsion is joined on the panel by speech pathologist Alice Owen and Robert Hoge, writer and former press secretary. Robert has just published the autobiographical Ugly. You might remember him from a recent Australian Story on ABC TV. This was a moving, gutsy and funny portrait of this man, his family and his work life.
Pat Swell is the moderator of this session.