Backstage with Life After Death Autism Forum Panellist, Langeline Leong

Langeline Leong (with shawl) and her friends

Langeline Leong (with shawl) and her friends

Life After Death Autism Forum (LAD) is the first autistic-led autism event in Singapore. The forum will cover topics that are pertinent to the well-being of the autistic person after the demise of the caregivers.

Langeline Leong, an adult who lives with Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism, and ADHD, is one of the panellists who will be sharing her views at LAD. We decided to get to know her a little more before we meet her at the forum on 28 September!

Hi Langeline, tell us a bit about your adult life.

I have been teaching musicality, theory and composition for the past 20 years in this piano nation.

Despite feeling like a more god-like sunflower on legs, I have a mission to physically help out in the homes of the single and ASD-parents in non-encroaching ways so that they can have some respite. The love from interacting with my spiritual families who like and accept me lasts till morning so I try to plan my life so that I can feel genuinely for people. I am trying to develop a golden brain for myself to go with my golden heart.

I have a video to show you, it’s me doing k-pop and it’s funny.

WATCH: A 1.5-minute clip of Langeline at her regular k-pop dance class. “I just think if I don't laugh at myself, I would sink,” she says.

Are you into k-pop?

Yes, I like k-pop because it’s not overly sexual. The dance moves are not suggestively provocative.

You wouldn’t know this from watching the video, but I go for k-pop dance classes three times a week. (huge grin)

What is a quote that you live by?

The apostle Paul said, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

What is one book or lecture that you think everyone must read or listen to?

One book: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson.

Why did you agree to be a LAD panellist?

I recognised in Eric and the other auties as being my tribe who will interpret for me when I'm voiceless or bereft of speech. I can be myself with them and not look over my back for gossip or dismissive, invalidating behaviour.

What do you hope attendees will take away from your sharing?

Let us humans be more sensitive about the stiffness of our bodies, faces and voices and not just work on expressing ourselves through the richness of our clothes, nails and hair.

Join the dialogue with Langeline and other adult autistics at the Life After Death Autism Forum on 28 September 2019. They will discuss solutions for adult autistics to continue thriving even after their caregivers have passed on.


LIFE AFTER DEATH AUTISM FORUM

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019
Time: 1-5pm
Venue: Lifelong Learning Institute (2nd Floor Lecture Theatre, next to Lift Lobby B)

Donation-based tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Click here for more information about Life After Death Autism Forum.


The cover photograph and video belong to Langeline and may not be reproduced, copied, or manipulated without the written permission of the owner.

To read our interviews with the other LAD panellists, click here.