About Me

Autistic artist-researcher presenting autism as parallel embodiment, with sensory-cognitive idiosyncrasy as the nucleus of research, and an artistic practice of immersive mind-body experiences via music, visual art, photography, narrative, poetry and performance. With Lucy Like-a-Charm, a rescued former racing Greyhound, my beautiful creative muse, research assistant and faithful companion, we traverse blended, multidimensional terrains of wonderment: flipping pages of imagination, dancing around pandiatonic-chromatic-polyrhythmic mental fires, making splotches, humming in and out of tune, flying and falling, meandering in and out of discombobulation, gazing at pulchritude, picking up sound waves, celebrating symbiotic connectivity, and finding new ways to sense the world and Be.

Email me: dr.dawnjoyleong@gmail.com


6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Dawn,

    I have only just discovered the articles of you and Lucy. I am in Queensland and I have an 8 year old daughter with autism. We have been approved for an Autism assistance dog but must raise $20,000 to get it and it will be a labrador. I have heard of the wonderful nature of Greyhounds and would be interested in discussing further with you how you went about getting your dog trained as a service dog. Jennifer

  2. Hi Jennifer, I am in Sydney, and MindDog Australia helped train Lucy. Not sure if they are in Queensland and whether their training will suit your son’s needs, but I will send you a private email with their contacts shortly. Dawn

  3. Dear Dawn,
    I have just read your story about you and Lucy, as I cried the whole way through.
    I am a Teachers Aide working with special needs children and and I feel blessed to enjoy every moment of my job. Our son also has additional learning needs coupled with him being very hyper active. We have a busy family life with 2 young kids and our home can be a bit crazy sometimes. We have recently adopted an adorable 5 yr old greyhound who we have all fallen in love with as soon as we saw her. I have had dogs all my life, but I have never encountered a dog so calm and affectionate with the whole family and friends who visit. She has really taken to my son and sleeps in his room with him at night. She has had such a positive effect on him when she looks at him with those big brown eyes..he just stops in his tracks and cuddles her. We are undergoing our Green-hound training and hope to have her green collar very soon. We have encountered the same misunderstanding from people when they see she has a muzzle on, which is disappointing. We could not be happier and I become an advocate for this most lovable breed of dog.Karen

  4. Hi Karen,
    Thank you so very much for connecting! It is an honour to share my story and do my small part for these wonderful dogs. I am so glad you gave a greyhound a chance to be loved and to love you in this very special way. Wishing you, your family and beautiful greyhound many years filled with joy and blessings together! ❤
    Dawn and Lucy

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