Aaron J. Wright (1)

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 Mardero (2)

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 (1)

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

alyokaye0626 (1)

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.

Andrew Wolfheart Sanchez (3)

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.
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/bnUJ61zgK

apren­der­a­que­r­erme (2)

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
Traduciendo Autistas
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.

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Ra Vashtar
They/Them or He/Him
ASD, ADHD.

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.

Aspergers Girls (2)

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.

aspiea­spired (8)

I am a wife, mother, Jesus fol­lower and Aspergian (Aspie) who just so hap­pens to love writing. I express myself best in written words 🙂

AspieGurl (10)

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.

AspienBlue (4)

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

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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.

autis­ta­matic (4)

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 (7)

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 (5)

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
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KhFxtlq4H

Ben Hochstrasser (1)

Tends to a uni­ver­sity insti­tute’s IT, plays in a con­cert band, restores wood­wind instru­ments, likes to create graph­ical stuff.

bneal89 (10)

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 (11)

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 (2)

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 (3)

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.

chrishoward (1)

Diagnosed Aspergers 10 years ago at 45. Web devel­oper, graphic designer, all ’round nerd.

Dallyce Potess (1)

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 Gray-Hammond (8)

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.

dif­fer­ent­not­d­e­fi­cient (8)

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 (4)

Buy Me A Coffee
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.

Elle Loughran (3)

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.

Embrace ASD (4)

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 (1)

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.

Contact: volz519@gmail.com

Emma Dalmayne (1)

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 (1)

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 (2)

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.

International Coalition Against Restraint and Seclusion (4)

The International Coalition Against Restraint and Seclusion seeks to con­nect efforts and orga­ni­za­tions working to stop death, phys­ical abuse, psy­cho­log­ical abuse, and PTSD caused by restraint and seclu­sion prac­tices. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

iraeidle (3)

A young autistic self-advocate on the rise.
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/r3JME7T

Jaime A. Heidel — The Articulate Autistic (12)

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

Jasmine (3)

I try to figure out things, and have tor­na­does in my head. From Iran.

JD Leza (3)

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

jen­bluhm (6)

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 (4)
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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.
Jo Bloggs (1)

“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

Joel Schwartz, PsyD (1)

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.”

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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…

So.

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.

Jorn Bettin (4)

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 (4)

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.

kaylasmith22 (1)

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).

Life Guides for Autism | NeuroGuides™ (11)

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 (2)

Lucy Frances is a self-identified autistic mother of three neu­ro­di­verse chil­dren. Her pas­sions include weird sci­ence, print­making, lan­guage, jus­tice, hagiog­raphy, and pen­cils.

Melissa Simmonds (1)

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 (3)

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.

neu­ro­di­ver­gent­grrrl (2)

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/ .

nihilivonne (3)

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:
Website: https://www.nihilivonne.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nihilivonne/
Spotify: https://sptfy.com/8XTX
Wordpress: https://spectralness.wordpress.com

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?“
https://ko-fi.com/nihilivonne

Nolan Perry (1)

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.

onelonedan­de­lion (6)

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. ♾🔴✍🏻

Oolong (3)

Science teacher, visual-toy pro­grammer, infre­quent cre­ator of giant pup­pets.

Likes to info­dump about autism.

past­the­quasar (4)

Mother, and other stuff, too. Still Team Zissou.

patrick­magpie (14)

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 Wharmby (4)

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.

Philip Reyes (2)

Philip Reyes is a non­speaking autistic self-advocate and aspiring writer. He uses the Rapid Prompting Method and types to com­mu­ni­cate. He is a high school stu­dent in Buffalo, NY, and writes the blog, Faith, Hope, and Love with Autism.

Prismatic (2)

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 Strickland (2)

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 (1)

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.

Ren Everett (9)

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 James (1)

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.

Save the Neurotypicals (1)

Save The Neurotypicals is a Canadian autistic writer focusing on sass and neu­ro­di­ver­sity. Follow her on Twitter @SNeurotypicals, or tip her on ko-fi.com.

shalomlavender (1)

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 Willoughby (3)

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.

Spectrum Hacks (4)

Tackling the myths and sharing the hacks

st1rdude (1)

Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might oth­er­wise make strong men weak, or make you give up.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

stinkyzen (9)

An autist diag­nosed later in life, with a love of reading and writing, and some fairly quirky atti­tudes.

Sydney Henry (1)

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 (55)

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.

The Aspergian (24)

This article is either a team effort or is pub­lished anony­mously at the author’s request. The Aspergian is a col­lec­tive of neu­ro­di­ver­gents rewriting the nar­ra­tive about autism in our own voices. Thank you for vis­iting, and be sure to help us get out the word by sharing our arti­cles and telling a friend about this site. Like our con­tent? Click here to buy us a “coffee” as a tip to help our fundraising efforts to become a 501©3 non­profit orga­ni­za­tion.

theautis­ticde­bater (5)

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!

tom­pruyn (1)

Autastic Tom is all about spreading the mes­sage that autism can and should be cel­e­brated. You can sub­scribe to him on YouTube by clicking here or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.

Traduction (3)

La tra­duc­tion est volon­taire bénévole. Vous pouvez con­tribuer par des propo­si­tions cor­rec­tives en com­men­taires, ou en traduisant d’autres arti­cles.

TrevorTypes (2)

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!

vor­maen (8)

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.

xgodley (1)

Chris Godley is the admin of Asperger’s Life Support and an admin and founding member of The Aspergian.

Yo Samdy Sam (8)

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.