Aaron J. Wright is a Family Nurse Practitioner, parent, and advocate for disability access in public education. He recently published his memoir chronicling his family’s fraught and painful experience navigating the special education system with his autistic daughter. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and three dogs. Follow Aaron on Instagram, Twitter, andFacebook.
Adam is a 31 year old writer, Aspie, and Neurodiversity advocate living in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder at age 9 and began his blog Differently Wired seven years ago as a way to reclaim his place on the spectrum from prejudice. He did altogether too much school, holding a Master of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education. Adam is also a huge nerd, and can usually be found reading science fiction, playing video games, and lurking on Reddit. He dreams of a world where Neurodiversity is accepted as a valid and normal part of being human.
Alex Parker is a trans autistic adult whose special interests in psychology, books, and writing probably started with reading out of a medical dictionary at five years old. He hopes to educate about autism and his experiences as best he can through his writing.
If you like his work, please consider buying him a coffee! Alex’s Ko-Fi
Hard-ass labor is my love language. I’m only 9 months into this self-awareness that I am an Aspie. I don’t write a lot but I try to make it count.
I am an Indigenous Blackfoot and Hispanic young Writer who favors free-verse poetry and Haiku, a photographer, and digital abstract artist.
I was diagnosed at age 5, then re-diagnosed relatively recently.
I struggled most of my life with things I didn’t understand were associated with Autism and have dealt with common hardships that came with it.
Did my writing help or move you in some way ? Please buy me coffee sometime ! So that I can continue helping others through shared experiences.
I’m an Autistic mother of neurodivergent teens. I write in my blog Aprender a Quererme — Autista cuestionando paradigmas (Learning to love myself, autistic person questioning paradigms) and am part of the the following autistic collectives writing in Spanish or translating articles:
Mi Cerebro Atípico
Autismo, Liberación y Orgullo
I am Colombian, living in Colombia but have also lived in Argentina, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.
I am probably one of the first persons writing in Spanish about autism from the perspective of the Neurodiversity Movement and as an Autistic person.
I am an instructor at Rio Abierto where I can stim while dancing
I used to be a software developer.
They/Them or He/Him
Ra Vashtar is a visual artist, illustrator, writer, and self-described “monster rights activist.” Currently Ra works in blogging, monster adoptions, commissioned illustration, video game art assets, and shirt designs for the Hot Topic Creator Program. They find joy and meaning in designing creatures that show even things that are a little different deserve love. Sometimes we all feel like monsters, but monsters are symbols of power and change. Ra is trans nonbinary and bisexual, and believes in advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse communities through education and visibility. A fiery and funny extrovert, Ra found that through going first and speaking up, plenty of other monsters often echoed out from the shadows, inspired by not being alone.
Special interests: horror and monsters, middle eastern mythology, ancient Egypt, ferrets, criminal psychology, and fire.
Profile: Marcie Ciampi, M.Ed. (aka Samantha Craft)
Marcie is best known for her writings found in the well-received blog and book Everyday Aspergers. A professional educator, she has been featured in various literature including peer-reviewed journals, Aspien Women, Autism Parenting Magazine, The Mighty, Project Aspie, Art & Autism, and Different Brains. Marcie serves as a Senior Recruiter and Outreach Specialist at ULTRA Testing, a technology company with a neurodiversity hiring initiative. She is a coauthor of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism and speaks globally on the topic of neurodiversity as it relates to employment and self-empowerment. To date she has corresponded with over 10,000 autistics around the world. She resides in Olympia, Washington, USA.
I am a wife, mother, Jesus follower and Aspergian (Aspie) who just so happens to love writing. I express myself best in written words 🙂
Otherwise known as Wendy, AspieGurl is a 39 year old blogger living in Northern Virginia with her wonderful mom and NT boyfriend Shawn. She got her MSW from George Mason University and has worked in both direct service and non-profit development and communication. Her passions include her family, singing in her UU church choir, activism, and well written sci fi.
Blue is a thinker of too many thoughts and a doer of too many things. She is a scientist by training, a science educator by vocation, and a writer quite by accident after stumbling into her autism diagnosis on the brink of 40. She is a mother of two vivacious girls, a grumpy cat, and a backyard full of chickens, bees, echidnas, and the occasional kangaroo. She sometimes forgets whether she’s supposed to be writing in American or Australian English, but she’s almost always writing about mental health, autism, or creating the books she wishes she had when she was younger. Connect on Twitter: @AspienBlue
Taylor Linloff is a 25 year old autistic femme (they/she) from Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. After being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2018, they started their work as an autism advocate to help prevent more autistic people from falling through the cracks. Taylor’s personal advocacy focuses on the intersections of autistic community, rural life, queer identity, and feminism. Their grassroots work has brought them into the living room televisions and breakfast table newspapers across Canada, and her words are being brought to various levels of Canadian government. Buy Taylor a coffee.
Quinn is one of the elders of autism. Diagnosed in the 1980s before most people knew anything about autism, including himself, the journey since has been one of learning, acceptance and growth. Now he does what he can to help others walk the same road in the hope that we will soon see a generation for whom being autistic is nothing out of the ordinary.
Quinn is married, runs and creates the Autistamatic blog and video channel, and has a cat with enormous feet.
AutisticScienceLady is a neuroscience graduate student who is a late-diagnosed autistic person, and self-advocate.
Her blog can be found here: http://www.autisticsciencelady.wordpress.com
Avouleance is a writer looking to explore experiences with different mental health conditions through poetry and prose in various places online, while doing a research masters in chemistry on the side.
You can read more of their content
on thier facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AvouleanceWrites/
And their subreddit
And buy them a coffee here
Tends to a university institute’s IT, plays in a concert band, restores woodwind instruments, likes to create graphical stuff.
Brittney is an Early Childhood Education & Development professional, as well as a gigging local musician. She lives with her husband and daughter in Lynchburg, Va.
C.L. Lynch is an award-winning author and socially awkward autist living in Vancouver, B.C. with one husband, two children, several fuzzy animals, and uncountable unwashed dishes. She enjoys smashing tropes and hiding from adult responsibilities.
If you enjoyed this article, consider buying her a diet pepsi: https://ko-fi.com/cllynch
Callie (real name undisclosed due to terminal awkwardness) is a 35-year-old self-diagnosed autistic person with no particular credentials outside her own experiences. There is no actual evidence of her being three feral raccoons lashed together in a trenchcoat, but they’ve never been seen in the same room together, either. Consider buying her, or the raccoons, a Ko-fi.
Carol Millman has a degree in Psychology, a diploma in animal health technology, and a diagnosis of autism. She is a self-employed dog trainer who specializes in training assistance dogs.
Diagnosed Aspergers 10 years ago at 45. Web developer, graphic designer, all ’round nerd.
Dallyce is a Texas native who recently graduated from the University of North Texas. Her main focuses are philosophy, women’s and gender studies, political science, and sociology.
David is an autistic adult living in the UK. He is an administrator and editor at NeuroClastic, and he is in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction (now sober) and has experienced several complex mental health conditions. His special interests are autism, addiction, mental health and all the places where those things intersect. He is also the author of Emergent Divergence on Wordpress and Facebook.
I am a PDA autistic with ADHD, an autistic husband and an autistic son.
I am a passionate autistic advocate and my aim is to help to spread awareness, understanding and acceptance of autistics.
I live in the UK and, other than writing, enjoy several different craft hobbies (when I have time and my PDA lets me indulge!) and talking our son and our dog to the woods for a meander!
Eitan Rosa is a husband, father of two, a vocal coach/voice teacher and intermittent activist based in NYC. His studio draws in students from the local Jewish community and even from abroad. He draws from a colorful and diverse professional, educational, and personal background to enrich his teaching, his writing and his parenting, as an observant Latino Jew. His areas of interest include computer science, languages, music, mental health and counseling, grassroots community-based organizations, and activism. Last but definitely not least, neurodiversity has become a major area of interest for him, as someone coming from multigenerational neurodivergent family.
I’m a genetics scholar at Trinity College Dublin. I spend the rest of my time writing, blogging at elleloughran.blogspot.com, and doing climate activism. I’m also #ActuallyAutistic, and want to improve autism representation in the arts and sciences.
We are Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht and Martin Silvertant, an autistic psychotherapist & graphic designer couple.
We provide research & experience-based autism content for personal elucidation & empowerment.
Emily Volz is a queer Autistic writer and rabbinical student. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies from Oberlin College. Her current special interest is NASA. Emily hopes to be a rabbi, academic, and essayist.
Emma Dalmayne is an autistic advocate, activist, and mother. Her websites are Autisticate and Autistic Inclusive Meets. She is passionate about stopping abuses against autistic children and stopping the use of dangerous false “cures” and therapies which have caused PTSD and killed autistic children.
Fay Fahrenheit is an autistic youtuber who writes and makes videos about social justice issues, animal rights, autism rights, neurodiversity, videogames, and more.
Heather Truett is a mom to teen boys, a full-time college student, and a slightly heretical pastor’s wife. She publishes poetry, fiction, and essays.
Hello, I’m Jaime A. Heidel, The Articulate Autistic. I was diagnosed on the autism spectrum in 2015, at the age of 35. In addition to being on the spectrum, I also have OCD and PTSD. I am VERY grateful that the Aspergian team invited me to join this amazing group of neurodiverse people from all walks of life. In addition to writing, I also have a YouTube video series called “Why Autistic People Do That”, so feel free to check it out! Also, I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and I identify as a queer femme.
Buy Me a Coffee
I try to figure out things, and have tornadoes in my head. From Iran.
JD is an Autistic musician, therapist, visual artist, and writer. More of her art can be seen on Etsy. If you like my work on the Aspergian, you can help me create more: “buy me a coffee” through https://www.buymeacoffee.com/GDbqYpg
Jen Bluhm is Waltzing On Waves out of Minneapolis. She is a performing & recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Recipient of the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award, Award-nominated film composer, & Neurodivergent Neurodiversity/Mental Health advocate.
Jeremy is a Canadian autism self-advocate. He is a fan of all things transportation, especially passenger trains. He works in a technology field. He is passionate about making the world a better place for autistic youth and adults alike.
“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun
Dr. Joel Schwartz is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. He specializes in therapy and testing for the misunderstood. As a therapist, he is warm, compassionate, and strongly humanistic, allowing for all the oddities and unexplored aspects of his clients to emerge and be validated. As a testing psychologist, Dr. Schwartz specializes in difficult and complex cases.
Dr. Schwartz grew up in Southern California. He developed an early interest in psychology, strangely enough, from a childhood filled with science fiction stories. These stories often provided fascinating looks into human psychology and the human spirit. Dr. Schwartz attended UCLA as an undergrad where he conducted research in the field of neurolinguistics. From there, he attended Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf School of Clinical Psychology for his Master’s and Doctorate degree. He has worked in various settings including colleges, clinics, a federal prison, and residential treatment centers. Through his experience with a vast array of individuals he has stuck with one important lesson among many; as the psychoanalyst Harry Stack Sullivan said, “We are all more human than otherwise.”
I’m Johnny Profane. 66. Pretend Rock Star…
Cuz it’s ALL cosplay.
I was born before autism was invented… More or less. 1953. Long before autism or Asperger’s were widely discussed in medicine or pop culture. That didn’t happen til the 70s.
I’ve been here for the WHOLE movie.
First, I played That Know-It-All Kid. Then I was a Genius. Til I was a Fairy, Nerd, Spaz, Homo, Geek, Weird, Loner, Schizo, Maniac, Black Sheep, Loser, Ex, Ex, Ex, finally Autist…
Been a meditation teacher, cult member, typesetter, editor, magazine publisher, ad agency owner, marketing veep, non-profit activist, 3‑time grad student, 3‑time husband, homeless, mental health counselor, substance abuse counselor, cult counselor, homeless, singer/songwriter, homeless, fast-food clerk, Pretend Rock Star…
I’ve talked with Bill Gates. Argued with Bill Joy. Touched the Maharishi. Met anonymous geniuses in university cubicles, office bull pens, trailer parks, homeless on the street…
I have no credentials to offer. At least none that matter anymore to me.
So I offer my life.
It’s all I have left to give.
The more we help each other to question in ways we otherwise wouldn’t – and correspondingly discover new insights about the world and ourselves, the more we are able to learn from each other, and the more we start to understand each other. The gift that we all bring to the world is the (re)generative potential of all the trusted relationships that we co-create.
Jude Clee is a writer, teacher, and amateur historian. She is one of autism’s undiagnosed, lost girls. Like her writing? Click here to buy Jude a coffee.
Kayla Smith is a young autistic disabilityrights advocate. She started to get involved in disability activism in November 2017. Kayla do autism awareness events at her community college to educate about autism. She hopes students, faculty and staff to look autism in the positive way instead of negative. Kayla Smith is the creator of #AutisticBlackPride. The hashtag is about celebrate and embrace black and autistic pride at the same time and give awareness about lack of representation of Autistic POC( People of Color).
Corporate neurodiversity consultant, relationship purist, cultural broker, strategic major donor relationship builder, writer, autistic Dad to three autistic persons, Neurodiversity Ambassador and speaker.
Passionately focused on guiding neurodivergent persons to discover their strengths, gifts and enjoy meaningful lives. A relentless optimist, an encourager who is out to build up individuals, to better communities one great relationship at a time.
Lucy Frances is a self-identified autistic mother of three neurodiverse children. Her passions include weird science, printmaking, language, justice, hagiography, and pencils.
Campaigner on Autism and Neurodiversity and intersections with race and faith. I’m the founder of MisTÂûght and the creator of Black History Month for Dummies & White Teachers. I’m in my final year of a MA in Autism Studies at Sheffield Hallam University; where I’m doing a dissertation on looking at children as ‘Agents of Change’ in birthing a more Autism inclusive society. Leave a tip and buy Melissa a coffee here.
Mike Wise, also sometimes known as The Misfit Christian, was diagnosed in the early 80s as “having Autistic Tendencies.” He is mostly interested in writing about the intersections between autism, mental health, and spirituality, and being an advocate for other folks on the spectrum to live their best lives. He is married to Corrie, and they have 2 dogs which drive them crazy. He also might be a sentient android– the test results haven’t come back yet, so we’re not sure. Buy Mike a coffee.
Amanda Madru is a writer living with Asperger’s syndrome. She resides on a small farm in rural New England with two humans, two dogs, five cats, and three horses. She holds a BA in English and an MFA in creative nonfiction, and she blogs about her life on the spectrum at https://neurodivergentgrrrl.home.blog/ .
I am a German/Spanish multidisciplinary artist and BSc Psychologist on the autism spectrum. My art — graphics, mixed media, prints, objects, videos, electronic music, poetry — focusses mostly on the dark side of the human condition.
The work of Käthe Kollwitz that I saw at the age of 12 have initiated my decision to become an artist. Her honest, personal and ruthless portrayal of the horrors of the First World War have shaped my aesthetics as well as my approach to the meaning of art as a mixture of personal catharsis and social criticism.
I like for visual and mental inspiration: books about cave paintings, medieval art and living, biology, space travel, anatomy, ethnology, anthropology, geology, myths, symbols, history… I think the only topics I am not interested in at all are economy and business (you can see that in my mostly empty bank account…).
I am trying to be active in the autism advocacy and neurodiversity movement, as there is so much to do and to learn.
You can find my art and writing all over the internet:
Maybe you have a euro, a dollar or a pound left for a cup of coffee? Or like the German punks said: “Haste mal ´né Mark?“
Nolan is a High School Student in South Carolina. He is an Administrator with The Aspergian. He is on the Board of Neuroguides, A Nonprofit Giving Life and Career Counseling to Autistic Adults.
I’m a 40-something recently diagnosed Aspie. Still trying to figure out my identity and find my place in this world. Thankful every day for finding my Aspie tribe. ♾🔴✍🏻
Science teacher, visual-toy programmer, infrequent creator of giant puppets.
Likes to infodump about autism.
Mother, and other stuff, too. Still Team Zissou.
Patrickmagpie is an lgbtqia+ novelist with a penchant for pandemonium. He’s opinionated and full of misanthropic snark. An avid word lover, his favorite genres are dark comedy and melodrama. Once he changed his name to Jessica Simpson for a day, and no one noticed. He spends much of his day thinking about fashion, plot twists, and cute sailors. When he’s not writing, he enjoys engaging in the neurodiversity community and rallying against hate groups. He plans to share his experiences with autism, anxiety, PTSD, selective mutism, and ADHD. Check out his new blog: https://www.facebook.com/Escapades-of-an-Autistic-Diva-409851899862459/?modal=admin_todo_tour
Pete is a secondary English teacher who was diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2017 at the age of 34. Since this time he has become very active online, writing a blog about his experiences as an autistic adult and regular threads and videos on Twitter that add some insight into the autistic experience. He has written on a large variety of topics, including autistic burnout, autistic identity and masking, autism and parenthood, autistic humour and autistic interests. He is a keen writer and illustrator, though Lego is perhaps his biggest obsession. Subscribe to Pete’s Patreon here, or buy Pete a coffee.
Elyana Ren is a proud Hufflepuff and unquenchable bookworm. She grew up in the middle of the Pacific, but found herself after moving to the Pacific Northwest. Her work features the authentic experience of being disabled, neurodivergent, and queer. When she isn’t writing, she uses the creative arts to empower others to trust and love their own voice. Elyana can be found on Twitter @aprismuncovered and on A Prism Uncovered. If she isn’t there, she is probably in the company of a few good books, her guide dog, and her collection of plushies. Actually, always check there first.
Rachel is a reader, writer, and MA student who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 25. Since then, she has fallen in love with researching and writing about the topic. She spends her free time browsing bookstores, crocheting blankets, listening to true crime podcasts, and falling down YouTube rabbit holes. Rachel lives in Central Texas with her husband, cat, and various succulents.
Ralph James Savarese is the author of two books, Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption (Other Press, 2007) and See It Feelingly: Classic Novels, Autistic Readers, and the Schooling of a No-Good English Professor (Duke UP, 2018). He is also the co-editor of three collections, including the first on the concept of neurodiversity. A fourth, The Futures of Neurodiversity, is under contract with the Modern Language Association. In 2012–2013, he was a neurohumanities fellow at Duke University’s Institute for Brain Sciences. A documentary about his son’s inclusion journey appeared on PBS in 2017 and won a Peabody Award. Titled Deej, it follows DJ from high school to Oberlin College, where he was that institution’s first nonspeaking student with autism. Ralph teaches American literature, creative writing, and disability studies at Grinnell College in Iowa.
I make it my full-time job to improve my understanding of myself and others, question unchallenged perceptions of normality, and identify value in what I have to offer. I aim to promote harmony between us all, including nature, as I pursue autonomy and sustainability for myself.
Russell is an autistic singer-songwriter based out of Corvallis, OR. He obtained his MA from Webster University and worked as a psychotherapist, focusing on trauma and spiritual healing. He attended University of New Mexico for his Phd work (incomplete) and focused on humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, and ecopsychology. His special interests include: comic books, nerd culture, birds, and nature.
Sophie Lavender a professional photographer, film maker, and a stand-up comedian. Born and raised in York, she moved to Lincolnshire to start a new life shortly after being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autistic spectrum). In February of this year, she was diagnosed with ADHD. Her latest project was a feature length film on Steampunk culture, which was a big hit at the world’s biggest steampunk festival, Weekend at The Asylum. Libra sun, cancer moon, and Gemini rising. Witty Ravenclaw and token Lesbian. Like my work? Buy me a coffee!
Shelly is a retired project manager and technical writer. She now writes about travel and autism awareness with articles in Autism Parenting Magazine and other publications. Autistic herself, Shelly runs two small businesses: http://www.swagimports.com and http://www.sharemyniche.com. She has a passion for helping people discover and monetize their marketable talents, especially within the neurodivergent community. She has a tri-paw (three-legged Bengal cat) named Lagertha. Some of her special interests include unicorns, dragons, and wild cats. You can find Shelly’s personal blog at http://www.shellywill.com.
Tackling the myths and sharing the hacks
Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
An autist diagnosed later in life, with a love of reading and writing, and some fairly quirky attitudes.
Sydney Henry is a pastor & church planter on a journey to abandon comfort & safe living for risk taking and a mission driven life.
Terra Vance is an industrial and organizational psychology consultant and the proprietor of Acumen Consulting, LLC. She specializes in diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and poverty dynamics. She is a founder and administrator at The Aspergian. Her passions are in the intersections of social justice, equality, literature, Truth, and science. To contact Terra via email, click here. Buy Terra a coffee.
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I am an autistic adult who competes in debate and enjoys analyzing the deeper meaning of things in real life and fiction in ways that relate to my lived experience of autism. Buy me a coffee!
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Trevor found his voice on the letterboard about three years ago and has no plans to shut up. Like Trevor’s writing? Leave him a tip!
I am an enigma. Born a spectrum baby, raised an artist and daydreamer. US Veteran, Federal employee in the Behavioral Health field. Lover of life and curious of the individual struggle and how it guides the flow of Society.
Chris Godley is the admin of Asperger’s Life Support and an admin and founding member of The Aspergian.
Sam is a Brit living in the Netherlands, who was diagnosed with autism in 2019. She has a YouTube channel (“Yo Samdy Sam”) where she posts videos about autism and neurodiversity.