Autism Interview #59: Kieran Rose on the Fatigue of “Masking”

A campaigner for Autistic rights, Kieran Rose has turned his passion for writing to good use, focusing on Advocacy and Acceptance for Autistic and Neurodiverse people, with his blog The Autistic Advocate. The freedom for Neurodiverse and Neurodivergent people to speak for themselves and be heard is paramount for Kieran, mostly due to the fact that he has spent his whole life immersed in Autistic life and culture as an actually Autistic person, with Autism diagnoses for much of his immediate and wider family; and now two Autistic children of his own.

Kieran lives in Durham, England, with his wife, Michelle, where they run their Marketing Consultancy: (With a little help from their three children, Quinn, Albie and Olivia). The whole family all live in a happy bubble of Sensory overwhelm and underwhelm.

This week Kieran shared some of his personal experiences as an autistic individual as well as important advocacy tips for parents and families who live with or near autistic individuals.…

Autism Interview #58 Part 1: Daniel Bowman Jr. on Teaching and Poetry

Daniel Bowman Jr. is an autistic writer, poet, and Associate Professor of English at Taylor University. He’s the author of a collection of poems titled A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country, a blog contributor for Ruminate, and has written articles and poems featured in a variety of other publications. In part one of this interview, Daniel Bowman discusses his decision to write about autism, as well as his daily routine as a professor, husband, and father.

7 Reasons Why the Neurodiversity Movement Matters to Parents

neurodiversity for parents

How invested are you in the neurodiversity movement? The societal shift to treat autism (along with a variety of atypical neurological conditions) as a difference rather than a disease has improved autism acceptance, thereby potentially improving the quality of life for individuals on the spectrum. But it would be a mistake to think this movement is only for autistic people. Parents too have several important reasons to embrace neurodiversity.

Autism Interview #56: Georgia Lyon on Navigating School with Autism

Georgia Lyon
Georgia Lyon is a college student, author, illustrator, and autism advocate who was diagnosed with autism at age three. In her book How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl, Lyon details her journey trying to figure out facial expressions, make friends, and navigate the social world of school. This week she shared her experience growing up with an autism diagnosis and how she’s used her writing and illustrating skills to advocate for other autistic individuals.

Love on the Spectrum: 5 Considerations Regarding Spectrum Romance

This is a reposting of an article originally published on this site February 14, 2017.

Valentine’s Day can mean cute cards and fun (or stressful) holiday parties for young kids as well as bring a mixed bag of emotions for teens and adults on the spectrum. There has been a lot of media buzz about autism and relationships recently, even more so since the release of the documentary Autism in Love. Here are some suggestions from people on the spectrum about things to consider around Valentine’s Day or with romantic relationships.

Autism Interview #57: Mickey Rowe on Autism and Theatre

Mickey Rowe

Mickey Rowe is the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone in the Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and one of the first autistic actors to play any autistic character. He has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Teen Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN’S Great Big Story, Huffington Post and more. Mickey is also Artistic Director of Arts on the Waterfront, a high-quality free theater and arts program in downtown Seattle where many homeless community members live. This week he shared his experience working as an actor with The Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Autism Interview #54: Jennifer Elizabeth Brunton on What Neurotypical Parents of Autistic Children Need to Know

Elizabeth Brunton

Jennifer Elizabeth Brunton, Ph.D., is a writer, editor, former ethics professor, and author of the blog Full Spectrum Mama where she writes about her experience as an autistic mother raising two children, one of whom is also on the autism spectrum. This week she shared information about a new book she is working on and offered some wonderful reminders for neurotypical parents trying to raise their autistic children in the most positive and supportive environment possible.

Autism Interview #55: Haley Moss on Growing Up with a Positive Autistic Identity

Haley Moss is an artist, author, and autism advocate attending law school at the University of Miami. Her work is nationally recognized, and she is the author of “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About” and “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders.” This week she shared how she grew up with a positive autistic identity and offered suggestions of ways parents and family can improve autism acceptance and advocate for their loved ones on the spectrum.