The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People

Autism neurodiversity
Autism neurodiversity

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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.

AdamAuron Lodestone (2)

#ActuallyAutistic #ABASurvivor who is also an advocate, a single dad, an artist, profoundly Pagan, Gay, and Trans. Adam has worked as a Trauma-informed Peer Counselor, serving the Neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ populations; currently engaging heavily in advocacy, creative endeavors, and his own personal healing. The intersection of identities and lived experience is his sweet spot. Tip him at:

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

alwhite (1)

I'm both a therapist and autistic. I believe that my neurological difference is helpful to my clients because I naturally see situations differently and the new perspective is helpful.

I do a lot of hiking and biking in the warm months.

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.

Anantha Krishnamurthy (3)

Anantha is a 13-year-old from Calgary, Canada. Anantha does most of his communication via typing or a letterboard. Creative writing gives Anantha great pride and solace; it is also how he shares his autistic experiences with the world. If you like his writing, you can click here to leave Anantha a tip.

Andi Barclay (5)

I love engaging with others about what I write. I encourage you to comment below or, to speak confidentially, shoot me an email. She/Her.

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Andrew Wolfheart Sanchez (9)

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.

aprenderaquererme (3)

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

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.

Ashleigh J Mills (1)

Non-binary Black Femme who uses they/them pronouns. I'm a poet - writer - and actor in training. Because I can never just choose one thing!

I am, of course, proudly autistic + have some other flavours of neurodivergence too.

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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 🙂

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

aspirationalautistic (2)

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.

Autism Level Up! (2)

Autism Level UP!
A partnership of two developmental psychologists, one neurodivergent (Dr. JÂcqûelyn Fede) and the other neurotypical (Dr. Amy Laurent). Our philosophy is that through education, accessible resources, practical strategies and a commitment to consistently incorporating the experiences and perspectives of autistic people, we can support the leveling up of society when it comes to autism and neurodiversity. Of course, our primary goal is to support autistic individuals, but the more we are able to spread real awareness and support others in moving from awareness to acceptance, acceptance to appreciation, appreciation to empowerment and from empowerment to advocacy, the more positive change we will see at those large institutional and societal levels that can greatly benefit the autistic community. So we do aim first and foremost to empower autistic individuals to navigate their world, but we also aim to make the world a more autism-friendly environment and the universe more accommodating to the neurodiverse - after all, it is a partnership and change should not rest solely on the shoulders of the autistic community.

autistamatic (5)

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.

Autistic Science Person (12)

AutisticSciencePerson is a neuroscience graduate student who is a late-diagnosed autistic person, and self-advocate.

Their blog can be found here:

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
And their subreddit

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Ben Hochstrasser (1)

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

Beth Tolley (2)

Beth retired in 2018 from a leadership position in Virginia’s lead agency for early intervention for infants and toddlers. Her experience as a parent and grandparent of neurodivergent children who were not always able to meet their schools’ behavioral expectations has fueled her passion to advocate for the lives of other vulnerable children and their families through education, mutual support, and advocacy.

bneal89 (11)

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 (17)

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:

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 (5)

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.

Cheyenne Thornton (7)

Cheyenne Thornton is a Navy veteran and late-diagnosed autistic writer from New York. She is currently completing her MFA in Writing and Producing for Television and creating a portfolio focused on gender, race and disability
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Chris Finnes (1)

Chris is now 22-years-old. He is autistic and has epilepsy, is nonspeaking, and has severe motor challenges. In 2011, he was introduced to RPM and had sessions with Soma Mukhopadhyay, who straight away taught age-appropriate topics to him. Chris told his mum, Sue, that he wanted to help others to learn this approach, and so she began to share video clips on her youtube channel. In 2013, she set up the international learning group, Unlocking Voices -Using RPM, providing free resources to help others to learn RPM.

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 (29)

David is an autistic adult living in the UK. He is Chief Operating Officer at NeuroClastic, he is in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and has experienced several complex mental health conditions. His special interests are autism, addiction, mental health, and sexuality 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!

Dr. Dinah Murray (1)

Dinah Murray is an independent researcher with a PhD on the topic of Language and Interests; a campaigner, a former support worker for people with varied learning disabilities including autism. Her autism-related work has been published in Autism, in Good Autism Practice, Autonomy, and was featured in a number of books, including Dr. Stephen Kapp's anthology, Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement.

Dr. Murray serves on the board of directors for the National Autistic Taskforce in the UK. To learn more about her life, research, and work, see her NAT bio here.

Duane Law (1)

Duane Law, L.Ac., is among the earliest acupuncturists licensed to practice in the west. His work these days emphasizes self-care and client education as a more empowering path to optimal physical, emotional, and mental health than the alternatives. Duane, now 66, has recognized his spectrum status for the the last thirty years, but didn't bother to obtain a formal diagnosis until two years ago, from UCLA. His website is

Dynamite Garden (4)

I'm an autistic writer who has a long-standing love affair with the Oxford comma. Leave me a comment about what uncomfortable, self-deprecating, overly-honest topic you'd like to cringe your way through reading, and I'll do my best to oblige.

Eitan Rosa (4)

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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, and doing climate activism. I'm also #ActuallyAutistic, and want to improve autism representation in the arts and sciences.

Embrace Autism (5)

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.


Emma (3)

I live with my family in rural West Wales. When I am not writing in my professional role as a business development manager, I can be found writing my autism and wildlife blogs.
I ride a motorcycle, play the clarinet (but not at the same time!) and I love nature and the outdoors.
My passion for wildlife is shared in my monthly newspaper column and I'm a director of a small non-profit organisation called Autism Wellbeing. I'm delighted to be able to share my personal, family and professional experience of autism with people.

If you'd like to buy me a coffee, please visit:

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.

Faye Fahrenheit (2)

Fay Fahrenheit is an autistic youtuber who writes articles and makes videos about social justice issues, animal rights, autism rights, neurodiversity, video games, pop culture, representation, LGBTQA issues and more.

She identifies as NonBinary, but uses she/her pronouns.

Genesiz (1)

I'm Genesiz, Deaf, Disabled, and Autistic. You can visit my website, Chronic and Lovely, here," or follow me on Facebook or Instagram. If you like my writing or videos, consider leaving a tip on Cashapp: $ChronicAndLovely

Grace Taylor Rae (1)

Grace Taylor Rae (she/her) is an artist who works in movement, language and form. Her work is guided by frameworks that affirm consent and reparative ecology. Grace is an Autistic, synesthetic, diasporic writer, dancer, photographer and illustrator who bridges the archetypal and relational through performance. She graduated from Williams College in 2013 with a BA in English and Philosophy; she is a 2019 alumna of EMERGENYC in New York, NY, where she focused her process in reimagining-as-healing the intersections of birth, memory, matter and time. She continues to seek new learning in centering trauma-informed embodiment and disability justice in her creative work. Grace is a beginner homesteader who enjoys distance road running, improvisational dance, nature immersion and deepening her spiritual tradition through study and practice. She lives with her husband and their plants on unceded Abenaki territory (Upper Valley, Vermont).

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.

Hopper (1)

Hopper is a 37 year old musician. Agender, but uses she/her pronouns. She was diagnosed with autism late in life, but had already known for quite some time. She's currently in school for Anarchist Archaeology, has a family of three plus two dogs, has a long history in activism, and wishes laundry and dishes simply didn't exist.

International Coalition Against Restraint and Seclusion (ICARS) (7)

The International Coalition Against Restraint and Seclusion seek to connect efforts and organizations to end the use of restraint and seclusion, as well as representing over 1600 families internationally whose children have been subjected to restraint and seclusion abuse. With legislation passed the parent lead campaigning group continues to work with lawmakers and human rights organizations internationally.

ItinerantMystic (7)

I am a neurodivergent interfaith minister and student pastor in seminary. I'm a nonbinary and queer homeschool parent with two neurodivergent kids. I spent my time preaching, writing, teaching and building community wherever I can.

If you like my work, please support the caffeine that keeps me going at

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.
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Jasmine (3)

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

jbcurtin (2)

My stories aren't designed to align with hive-mind expectations. I share them to help other Autistic Individuals learn how to think for themselves while merging our masks

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

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 (2)

“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

Jo Ram (1)

Jo has been a BCBA for over 10 years and is excited to embark on a journey to obtain a master's in mental health counseling and bring more light to the abuse and long-term mental health damage that results from ABA.

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.”

johnmcallister467 (4)

I am an autistic activist whose dream is to make the world a better place for fellow autistics. I use my writing to help educate others about autistic culture and the way society sees us. My hope is that together, we can change society for the better. Like my writing? Click here to buy me a coffee.

johnnyprofane1 (5)

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.

Jorn Bettin (21)

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 (9)

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).

Kwame R. Brobbey (1)

My name is Kwame R. Brobbey. I am 19 years old. I enjoy swimming, basketball, track, the beach, cartoons, roller coasters, and movies. I use a letterboard to spell to communicate.

Lauren Melissa (2)

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 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.

Lavern Rushin (1)

I’m fighting every day to bring my Black autistic son, Matthew Rushin, home. He had a car accident following a seizure or loss of consciousness, and he was charged that night with attempted murder. You can learn more by visiting

Life Guides for Autistics | NeuroGuides™ (13)

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.

Matt Crittenden (1)

Matt is a non-speaking autist from the UK, aged 17. He loves traveling and visiting places of interest, swimming, and going to the gym. He is a passionate advocate for other non-speakers whom he thinks should have the same communication opportunities as himself.

Matthew Rushin (2)

I am autistic, I'm an artist of many forms, and I am me. If you enjoy my writing, you can leave me a tip here.

Melissa Simmonds (2)

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.

Michaela Morgan (2)

Michaela lives in London and has a background in academic philosophy and professional editing/copywriting. In her spare time, she enjoys caring for plants and photographing plants and nature, as well as moderating a Facebook support group for autistic women. She loves to play simulation games and is trying to learn to make 3D computer models.

Michelle Sara (13)

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.

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.

myk (2)

Hi, I'm myk! I write software for a living and write about autism and ADHD as a passion. You can reach out to me on twitter any time, and if my writing has helped you and you'd like to give back I've got a ko-fi account set up here.

NeuroClastic (30)

This article is either a team effort or is published anonymously at the author's request. NeuroClastic is a nonprofit 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 leave a tip.

Nicole Liggon (1)

Nicole is a 26 year old neurodivergent with obsessions in psychology, body language, film, and perception. Self love is the cure. Buy Nicole a coffee here.

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:

Maybe you have a euro, a dollar or a pound left for a cup of coffee? Or like the German punks said: "Haste mal ´ne Mark?"

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 (5)

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

Likes to infodump about autism.

Osime Joan (2)

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I am a hardworking, caring, responsible, and reliable qualified mental health nurse. I have been described as a keen, warm-hearted, and having a good sense of humor by my peers. I have got skills such as immaculate time management skills, non-judgmental, and the ability to relate to people from a wide variety of social background, cultures, and creeds, without judging them or try to impose on their personal ethics. My philosophy in life is, never accentuate your failures; just use them as a stepping stone to the future.

pastthequasar (4)

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

patrickmagpie (15)

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:

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 (3)

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 (3)

Rachel is a writer, reader, and graduate 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, and listening to true crime podcasts. Rachel lives in Central Texas with her husband, cat, and various succulents. Read more of her work at

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.

Randy Vance (1)

I do what I do to make it harder to forget the Disregarded Ones.

Russell James (6)

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.

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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.

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

Schereeya (4)

Schereeya is a queer, nonbinary (Fey/They), Black and autistic mother of two. A North Carolina-bred, United Kingdom-trained, multi-disciplinary theatre artist, Schereeya makes art with a mandate in mind: Make art, love people. With a deep focus on themes of home, identity, and purpose, Schereeya's art seeks to uplift and amplify traditionally marginalized voices. More of Schereeya's work can be found here on Neuroclastic, or at faer patreon. (links below)

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Playwriting: NewPlayExchange

Shalom Lavender (2)

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! Visit me on Instagram or Twitter.

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: and 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

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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

Stephanie Bethany (2)

Stephanie is a late-diagnosed autistic content creator, diving into research and sharing her experiences and views as an autistic adult.

stinkyzen (9)

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

Sumayya Hasan Akhtar (5)

Sumayya Hasan Akhtar is an avid Floor Jansen fan and a Robin (Batman's protégé) enthusiast.

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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.

Tejas Rao Sankar (2)

Tejas Rao Sankar is an autistic nonspeaker who spells to communicate. He is 23 years old. Tejas is a passionate traveler and loves to dance, spend time with his friends. He is part of the Spellers and Allies Advocacy Network and brings advocacy to spellers causes. He loves creating memes around this for social media. He has presented, as a panelist, at conferences such as Innovations in Education. Georgia, Atlanta, The Bookwallis - a social media book group. He has been recognized by Congressman Max Rose and other legislators for his advocacy for nonspeaking Autistics. If you enjoy his writing, you can leave a tip for Tejas here, on Ko-Fi.

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Terra Vance is an industrial and organizational psychology consultant and founder and CEO of NeuroClastic, Inc. Her passions are in the intersections of social justice, equity, literature, Truth, and science. Tip for
Sennheiser replacement fund.

The Autistic OT (5)

Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez is an autistic occupational therapist, advocate, and parent. In her spare time, she likes to infodump about sensory processing, stim with Hozier, and rewatch Firefly for the millionth time. Check her page on FaceBook.

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.

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

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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!

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Tee Mone't runs the page, Unmasked, on Facebook. Diagnosed as an adult with Autism Level 3 (high support needs), she works to help others understand what it means to be autistic. She is here to educate. Here to learn.

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.

Wendy Katz (10)

Wendy (aka AspieGurl) has a Masters Degree in Social Work. She loves spending time with her boyfriend and family, writing, and singing. She is training at Relationship Coaching Institute to become a certified autistic Relationship Coach, specializing in Neurodivergent singles and couples with one or two Neurodivergent partners. She is a passionate self-advocate and proud member of the NeuroClastic Advisory Board. More of her work can be found on her Facebook Page The Amazing Adventures of AspieGurl VS An NT World.

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

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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.

zenmasterbear (5)

I was diagnosed as autistic on my 54th birthday. I describe myself as a Creative Technologist. No job description I have ever seen really captures what I have to offer.
I'm an avid (some would say obsessive) runner.
I like bears. I wonder sometimes about the pros and cons of self-identifying as ursine, but worry that I would end up in a zoo, or hunted.
You can read more of my writing at

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Zoe Darazsdi is a writer, autistic advocate, autism researcher, educator, and clinical mental health counselor in training. Her passion is creating equitable opportunities for autistics to find joy and community. You can connect with Zoe and her work on Linkedin at Zoe Darazsdi or on Instagram at @zoedarazsdi.

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