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As part of The Autism Acceptance Project, which is an affiliate of The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Estée engaged the autistic community on autistic culture and is working with the TAAP board and committees on position statements regarding Canadian policy and attitudes regarding autism at The purpose of TAAProject began in order to support autistic individuals to advocate for themselves and to stand alongside them in order that they receive the accommodations they need in order to contribute to society as they are.She wrote , among articles on different subjects other than autism are in the works.She studied creative writing at The Humber School For Writers and The University of Toronto yet prior to her intensive interest in writing, she wrote regular columns regarding art from 1987-1995 after graduating from U of T in Fine Art History and working subsequently as a curator of art.In the words of Longmore and Umansky: “the new academic field of disability studies has arisen in response to the medical model’s deficiencies in explaining or addressing the social marginalization and economic deprivation of many people with disabilities.Disability studies takes as its domain the intricate interaction among cultural values, social arrangements, public policy, and professional practice regarding ‘disability'” (in, 2001, 12).Estée began her public speaking career when she noticed that autistic people were not being included in schools, places of employment, and most community programs.Digging deeper, she discovered that few, if any, autistic adults were included on autism or school, government or autism organization policy committees regarding autism education and supports.
She is a writer and a freelance curator of art (with degrees both in Fine Art History and Critical Disability Studies), currently engaged in doctoral study at York University in Critical Disability Studies.
In 2006, she launched a Toronto lecture series at the Al Greene Theatre in downtown Toronto and another gallery exhibition that received world-wide media attention called: The Joy of Autism: Redefining Ability and Quality of Life.
Estée is also the author of journal articles on art and autism and contributing contributing author to Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood released by Key Porter Books in 2007.
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