Autism is a healthy variation of the human condition. Autists are not tragedies, nor are we defective. We are justice-seeking neurodivergent people who view and experience the world autistically—logically, in systems, in details, and in our own space and time—living autistic lifestyles.
On this page I’m collecting various autism resources about the autistic experience, including my interviews with Learn From Autistics, Squarepeg, Autism Stories, The Info Dump Files, and Sarah Grillo, as well as my blog post for The Cincinnati Review, and brief articles on neurodiversity in the workplace I’ve written for the nonprofit Specialisterne. Hope they’re helpful!
Autism, a natural neurological variance, is part of the next evolutionary step of the human species, and if autists must learn about the social constructs of the neurotypical world in order to navigate and participate in society, society will benefit from learning about autists: our adherences to truth and routines, our tenacity and resilience, our honesty and directness, our logical, intelligent minds, and our deep interests, our passions, on which we hyperfocus, developing expertise.
Autism is a neurotype, a form of neurodivergence, neither an illness or disorder. Autists are not tragedies. We are justice-seeking neurodivergent humans who view and experience the world autistically—logically, in systems, in details—at our own individual times, and in our own individual spaces, living autistic lifestyles. We’re real.
If anyone wants to know about #matthewrushin case, there are the articles focus on this case.— Kayla Smith for #BlackAutisticLivesMatter (@BeingKaylaSmith) August 18, 2020
First article from @washingtonpost: #FreeMatthewRushin #BlackAutisticLivesMatter #Sayhisname #BlackLivesMatterhttps://t.co/Uv54UtEvND
Can we have a twitter thread where we list all of the therapies and supports that parents -can- use to help their autistic kid? #OtherWaysThanABA #SayNotoABA #AskingAutistics #ActaullyAutistic— AutisticSciencePerson #BlackAutisticLivesMatter (@AspieHuman) April 12, 2019
My go-to is ear defenders/earplugs/sunglasses/hoodies/fidget toys/punching bag
If you are a BIPOC autistic and would like to be interviewed about your experiences or to be published, please respond here. If you're a member of the press writing about disability and race, or if you're a publisher, ask BIPOC AUTISTICS. #allautistics #BlackAutisticLivesMatter— NeuroClastic #iDISSENT #noncompliant #resist (@NeuroClastic) July 9, 2020
Welcome! My homepage is https://t.co/JHGulGTmI2. The first-ever anthology on autism and race is https://t.co/i9OdThiQnb.— Lydia X. Z. Brown (@autistichoya) May 10, 2018
If you learn(ed) from me+have money, consider tipping https://t.co/j9ZqK58YRE or https://t.co/w76kUFsKaJ or sponsoring at https://t.co/o2QP4bh6K1.
Let’s talk about Why No Autistic Child Should Be in ABA Therapy. I am coming at this from the perspective of a parent whose autistic son is an older teen. Regrets, I have a few. And so we need a thread!— Shannon Des Roches Rosa (@shannonrosa) October 25, 2020
Also, you won’t need to unroll, article is here: https://t.co/ejN85U3rim
A lot of autistic psychology students say they're unhappy with how autism is taught on their course.— Sarah Boon (@Saraheboon) November 5, 2020
If you are:
-Have studied psychology at any level (From GCSE to Doctorate)
-Have studied psychology in the UK
Please fill in our survey! https://t.co/AfnifmQ6r0
Hey, how's this for autism 'awareness' month: some percentage of you who are reading this tweet are #actuallyAutistic and aren't aware of it.— myk is more of a question than a comment (@mykola) April 2, 2019
I'm going to post a bunch of questions I wish I had been asked in this context, years ago. This is not diagnosis! But it's instructive.
Some NT people, watching an autistic child play by lining things up:— Pete Wharmby (@commaficionado) November 16, 2020
*I wouldn't enjoy doing that at all. I'd better force this kid to play in a way I would enjoy, and then write a chapter on how autistic people can't understand how other people have their own minds.*
Interested in how and why the #Neurodiversity Movement emerged in the late 20th century? Here's a reprint of my 1998 thesis which I believe was the first sociological study to offer an explanation, and which gave the movt its name. https://t.co/ayJG195xFH pic.twitter.com/6DpfsHnnxZ— Judy Singer (@singer_judy) December 11, 2018
Further Autism Resources
Autism Personal Coach
Provides “Autistic adults and teens hard-to-find support to live self-sufficient and purpose-driven lives through our coaching and community events.”
Planning Across the Spectrum
Planning Across the Spectrum specializes “in helping any individual, family, or employer of those with autism and other disabilities to pursue financial independence. We are striving to enhance their quality of lives and their future.”
The Resource Library is a professionally curated, evidence-based learning portal designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to unleash neurodivergent potential in the global workplace.
Become a free member to unlock our entire collection of stories and resources.
Learn from Autistics
Learn from Autistics publishes resources that teach “neurodiversity and environmental accommodations based on autistic input…we believe that autistic input should not be merely sought out as an afterthought or addition to NT advocacy efforts, but rather, that autistic expertise is essential and fundamental to understanding autism. Our website offers a variety of practical parenting and teaching resources with an emphasis on respecting the voice and dignity of the autistic person.”
The Art of Autism
To empower and connect individuals within the autism community through participation in the Arts.
To foster independence, self-esteem and artistic expression by participation in The Art of Autism Project.
We do this by:
Supporting artists, musicians and creative writers on the autism spectrum
Work With Becca!
“My focus as a Certified Autism and Cognitive Specialist is the inclusion, self-defined success, fulfillment, and quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum and other neurodiversities. Through a variety of mediums including public speaking presentations, neurodiversity consulting, and social media consulting, I offer options and insights into successfully living a self-defined, goal-oriented, fulfilling neurodivergent life.”
Neurodiversity Culture + Representation
“NOS Magazine is a news and commentary source for thought and analysis about neurodiversity culture and representation. Expect long form journalism, reviews of pop culture, and more. NOS stands for ‘Not Otherwise Specified,’ a tongue-in-cheek reference to when a condition does not strictly fit the diagnostic criteria, or is in some way out of the ordinary.”
Squarepeg is late-diagnosed autist Amy Richards’ podcast and blog. It’s a resource created to “help other autistic women find a sense of community, navigate diagnosis, find our true selves again afterwards, and imagine and create lives which fit around our autism, rather than being at odds with it. Lives in which we can be our true selves, without having to fit ourselves into boxes shaped by society’s expectations.”
AUsome Autism Training
We will bring your understanding of autism to a whole new level…
Autism has been framed in a negative light since its inception. This is because most of the descriptions were created by people who are not Autistic themselves. Therefore much of what medical experts claim to know is based on assumptions. To address this inaccurate portrayal of Autistic people AUsome Autism Training was created. We need to narrow the gap between assumptions and realities. Unfortunately most autism training and research has never been fact checked by Autistic people.
Autistic people have been excluded from the discussion around autism for decades. In other words, many autism training courses explain very little about Autistic people beyond out-dated and stereotypical representations. AUsome Training is fully Autistic! “The best training ever. Very real, clear & informative. It completely opened my mind” Jean Power, Play Therapist
AUsome Autism Training takes training in a new direction
As a result of this exclusion there are many gaps in understanding autism and many myths and inaccurate ideas about us. First and foremost our training puts Autistic people at the very centre of our design and delivery. We focus on educating from the Autistic viewpoint. Secondly, our autism training sessions incorporate the latest thinking from the Autistic Community. Our information is carefully crafted in line with this thinking. Thirdly, we use up-to-date research to support these concepts.
AUsome autism training is Autistic-led
Therefore our Autistic-led training provides a platform for Autistic presenters, advocates and professionals to educate both the Autistic Community and non-autistic people. AUsome Autism Training focuses on the realities of being Autistic and the beauty in our existence. Our autism training works to change how the world responds to and understands Autistic people.
It’s our mission at AUsome Training to create a world where Autistics can flourish and live longer. Our dream is to create a genuinely inclusive environment for Autistics young and old. We do this by presenting a positive identity for Autistic people. We have many AUsome autism training options for you to explore. If you’d like us to tailor a training session for your staff or organisation then we can consult with you to design an AUsome experience. This is ideal for those who want to be the leaders in the diversity and inclusion.
Most importantly,, our priority is to empower people who want to learn about autism. Whether you are a parent, educator, therapist, practitioner, social worker, HR manager, employer, carer or Autistic person AUsome Training has something to support you.