Em Rusciano has received backlash after opening up about her struggles with ADHD and autism.
The comedian, 42, posted on Sunday imploring her followers to ‘be willing to understand [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do’.
However, one mother took offence at the post, accusing the former radio host of ‘jumping on a trend’.
Firing line: Em Rusciano has received backlash after opening up about her struggles with ADHD and autism
In a candid video recorded in her car, Rusciano admitted, ‘I was a kid in school that was constantly told I wasn’t living up to my potential.’
‘So now I’m an adult who never feels good enough and is always overreaching.’
‘If you can teach your kids to advocate for themselves, and you help them and you get a teacher who’s just willing to put in that little bit of extra [work] and be willing to understand them if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do.’
‘Their potential is endless.’
Diagnosis: The comedian, 42, posted on Sunday imploring her followers to ‘be willing to understand [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do’
However, in a subsequent post, the former radio host claimed she had received a message from a woman accusing her of ‘jumping on’ a ‘trend’ when she claimed to have autism and ADHD.
The woman, who has kids ‘with severe disabilities’, told the comedian that she ‘trivialise[s] her experience when I speak about mine’.
Rusciano claimed that ‘because I have chosen to disclose my neurodiversity, I think that the advocate hat got placed on my head even though I wasn’t ready to wear it.’
Unhappy: However, one mother took offence at the post, accusing the former radio host of ‘jumping on a trend’
She then admitted she ‘doesn’t pretend’ to know how hard life was for the woman in question, or her children,’ before going on to reveal her own experience of ‘neurodiversity’.
‘I can’t look people in the eye for too long. I can’t do the food shopping without feeling so overstimulated I have to sometimes abandon the shop all together and go and lay down in the back of my car.’
She also claimed to ‘have no short term memory’ and to not ‘like being touched unless I initiate it.’
Red carpet return! Rusciano recently turned heads in a low-cut purple dress as she attended Melbourne Fashion Week at Regent Theatre following the city’s long lockdown
Rusciano, who only this year was diagnosed with ADHD, said that ‘up until a year ago I just thought that I was a rubbish person with a broken brain’.
She then went on to acknowledge her high level of functioning, saying she is ‘extremely creative’ and has ‘elite level problem solving skills’.
Em’s emotional post comes after she opened up in February about her ill-fated stint as breakfast host on 2Day FM.
Purple haze: The 42-year-old stood out in a low-cut vintage-style velvet dress teamed with chic grey heels
In a series of Instagram posts, she shared her experience of having her tone ‘policed’ during her employment at the radio station.
‘I was constantly told I was angry, I needed to be nicer to people, I needed to smile more and my tone was policed,’ she said.
‘I was under this microscope the whole time. Meetings would be on a screen and if I didn’t smile the whole time, there would be emails about what’s going on with Em.’
Em claimed it was an ‘exhausting’ time made worse by having a miscarriage and being told the format of her show would be changing.
Candid: In February, she opened up about her ill-fated stint as breakfast host on 2Day FM
She also alleged her colleagues ‘were leaking bulls**t stories about me’ to the press, and felt there was an overall ‘really toxic work environment’ at the station.
For her part, Em acknowledged her own behaviour at 2Day FM ‘wasn’t great’, but said no one around her was willing to ‘cut me any slack’.
‘I’m still dealing with it all but I feel like I understand it a bit better,’ she concluded.
Em was hired to host 2Day FM’s breakfast show in 2017, alongside Harley Breen.
In September 2018, she announced she was leaving the show in order to focus on having a baby.
Em was hired to host 2Day FM’s breakfast show in 2017, alongside Harley Breen
Before her departure, multiple reports alleged employees had left 2Day FM and others were looking for new jobs due to Em’s ‘attitude’.
In May 2018, Em herself admitted she could ‘turn’ if she felt slighted by colleagues.
‘Something just goes in my eyes and I become a different person. So I’m not very good at crescendoing my moods,’ she told Wil Anderson’s Wilosophy podcast.
During that same interview, Em also complained about her co-hosts Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee, who had been drafted in to replace Harley Breen in late 2017.
She said: ‘I, all of a sudden, got two co-hosts that I’d never really met or spoken to, and then I’m expected to have this instant chemistry with.’
Em added that she took a ‘big ego hit’ upon discovering she no longer had top billing on the show.
‘It was just hectic,’ she said. ‘It was The Em Rusciano Radio Show. It was my show, and all of a sudden Ed’s anchoring, the show’s called The 2Day FM Breakfast Show.’
Family Life: Em is married to Scott Barrow and has two daughters Marchella and Odette (), and one son, Elio. She is pictured with her husband and daughters here