I'm a Modern Languages postgraduate student at the University of Oxford. I have a degree in Comparative Literature from University College London (UCL).

 

Born and raised in France, I moved to the UK in 2018 after spending several months in Scandinavia. I was formally diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome (nowadays called autism) and ADHD after several misdiagnoses with mental health disorders and unsuccessful treatments to improve my mental health.

I have been drawing for a long time and started sharing my drawings following my diagnosis with autism. I'm trying to break stereotypes about gender, age, and race that surround autism and cause a lot of misunderstanding. I want to raise awareness of the situation of autistic women and girls who are very often misdiagnosed with other mental health illnesses or never diagnosed at all.

I am the founder and president of the UCL autism society and have been involved in numerous talks and campaigns about neuro-diversity, autistic females and mental health.

Alice Farion

Student based in Oxford, United Kingdom

 

Alice and Beda in Sweden

Photo by Jonathan Stakeberg

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Talks and seminars

2021, December

UNAM UK: Applied-Health Humanities Webinar

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5nNdAyOq4zcnRvDIA1u0HJH5Eivvb6KI

2021, 2nd December

UCL Centre for AI: #Wearethe15 in AI Webinar - Chair of the panel on Autism and AI

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wethe15-in-ai-tickets-207803364457

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoRa0hK3csc

2021, 8th June

UCL Societies Awards: Welfare Award

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2fGC9L1-8Q

2021

UCL Students' Union: This Girl Can

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzC2e6xktNI&feature=emb_title

2020, 5th November

UCL - Talk for medical students on accessibility in sports (recording only available for UCL students)

https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/play/7g9dR1TnI76hM660yRKA_Kvr8MjbYIHVVtNVKKiL-CQu787ItY65edGlMkflMGzHxsnkiv9s2L3LlLpD.mQ0W3SBvIqyqX296?continueMode=true

2019

Spotlight on: Life at UCL with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP1p9YUitNs&feature=emb_title

Publications

2022

UCL: Studying tips and tricks: a Neurodivergent Perspective

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/news/2022/mar/studying-tips-and-tricks-neurodivergent-perspective

2021

Where The Leaves Fall: [Illustration] 'The Earthy Sensuous' by Shell Parsons, issue 7, pp. 134-5.

https://wheretheleavesfall.com/explore/article-index/the-earthly-sensuous/

2021

Hope Mindset: [Mixed media] 'Recovery'.

https://hopemindset.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/178195281_489038072516775_6276971419223961159_n-1.jpg

2021

Aspiring to be You: 'The co-occurrence of autism and eating disorders'.

https://aspiringtobeu.com/story-4-the-co-occurrence-of-autism-and-eating-disorders/

2021

UCL Student Union: This Girl Can.

https://studentsunionucl.org/articles/this-girl-can-alice-renard

2020

The Art of autism: 'The Heartbreak and Shame of Pretending to be Normal in a Neurotypical World'.

https://the-art-of-autism.com/the-heartbreak-and-shame-of-pretending-to-be-normal-in-a-neurotypical-world/?fbclid=IwAR1XmX96SLPxxUyB1q7xbYiENVI4-V366Wf6hUGxN0QCLZPp5AeWVi5oaxU

 

2020

Cheese Grater magazine: 'My Four Walls: Coping with an Eating Disorder during a Pandemic'.

https://issuu.com/cheesegratermagazine/docs/cgwinter2020/6?fbclid=IwAR2G6U-loRM2cOhkjEFExCW0-Aha0RkrMK61M0_bUWwzOBB-FahXeU_6grY

2020

Medium: 'Christmas is Coming and it's Scary'.

https://alicefarion.medium.com/christmas-is-coming-and-its-scary-dd33ec6a3e85

2020

UCL Student Union: My summer story.

https://studentsunionucl.org/articles/my-summer-story-alice

2020

Drawing Out

https://drawingout.org/artwork/alice-farion-2/

2020

Drawing Out

https://drawingout.org/artwork/alice-farion/

2020

The Art of Autism: 'How Drawing Helps Me Express the Loneliness and Alienation I Feel'.

https://the-art-of-autism.com/how-drawing-helps-me-express-the-loneliness-and-alienation-i-feel/

2020

Tabou Magazine: 'Sensory Overload'.

https://taboumagazine.com/life-and-insight/sensory-overload