Lauren Melissa Ellzey

Lauren Melissa Ellzey
Lauren Melissa, known across social media as Autienelle, is an autistic advocate and social justice influencer. She seeks to cultivate awareness and acceptance for the actually autistic community through neurodiversity activism. Even more, she actively engages in dialogue across lines of difference, highlighting the inequitable systems that oppress queer and BIPOC communities. On Instagram, Lauren Melissa addresses everyday coping strategies for autistics by answering questions through "Autietips." In this way, she hopes to build a society where autistics nurture autistics as we strive against ableism toward a destination of true inclusion. Leave Lauren Melissa a tip on Ko-Fi.

Autism and Meltdowns: One Autistic Woman’s Journey

Lauren Melissa had no idea what was happening to her when she would dissolve into rage, confusion, or even blacking out. Once she was finally diagnosed as autistic, she had the self-knowledge to take control.

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