Ann discovered she was Autistic at age 11. It wasn’t until then that she saw autism as a spectrum. Ever since discovering she was Autistic, she has wanted everyone to know and be understanding of how it affects her. Unfortunately, she has had negative experiences with stereotypical assumptions, talking about her behind her back, and ignoring her. This week Ann discussed inclusion, friendship, and the dangers of making assumptions.…
Ari Winters is a professional facilitator and creator of The Relating Languages. Growing up, they were drawn to the complexities of human interaction, acting as a bridge between different social circles and communities. This sparked their fascination with facilitating discussions and fostering connections between people from diverse backgrounds. They have worked with organizations such as…
Autism Interview #208: Michael Fugate on Bridging the Gap Between the Autistic Community and Autism Service Providers
Michael Fugate is a commercial driver and public speaker from Indiana. Fugate is passionate about mental health and helping others gain the confidence to improve their lives. He enjoys music, films, history, writing, guitar, traveling, studying the world wars, and Howard Hughes. He hopes to expand his role as a public advocate to serve those in need.
This week Fugate shared some of his experience as a public speaker and his passion for bridging the gap between the Autistic community and autism service providers.
Hanna Mashima is originally from Japan, a self-identified autist with OCD, Bipolar and Dissociative identity disorder.
Hanna builds her life around work and study, knowing the gap between her capabilities in professional capacity and private life.
This week she shared her path to self diagnosis, common misconceptions, and autism acceptance.
Tas (they/we) is a neurodivergent writer & published author. They are autistic, disabled, a medically diagnosed DID system, a person of color, nonbinary, queer, and proud. They have a passion for equal access and human rights. They advocate for inclusion, equal access, and acceptance of neurodiversity & disability. Primarily their advocacy is focused on higher education and workplace accommodations/navigation. Last week they shared an article he wrote on Autism and Religious Trauma. This week they shared some of their own experiences with religion.
Tom is a graduate of Edmonds College with an Associate of Technical Arts degree in Visual Arts. He lives in Seattle and is currently studying as a voice-over actor at the Seattle Voice Academy. He enjoys gaming, video editing, Photoshop, animation, and graphic design. This week he shared his experience working as the DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) on The Sound of Violet.
Daniel Ray Williams is a first time author who self-published his first book, an autobiography, My Voice: Faced with Autism in 2018. Daniel has a passion for writing and been writing since the age of 12. Daniel is at work writing his second book. This week he shared some of his difficulties navigating life as as a member of multiple marginalized identities and how his positive attitude has helped him throughout his life.
Molly Smith is an autistic, chronically ill, transplant recipient from Cambridgeshire, UK.
She loves spending time with her dog, rainbows, Disney, finding bargains, doing jigsaws and Nintendo gaming. She blogs about her life at http://mollysmusingsonlife.wordpress.com/.
This week she shared her experiences managing her social, public and medical environments.…
Autism Interview #202: Grace Liu on Inclusion and the Intersectionality of Race, Sexuality, and Autism
Grace Liu is a biracial, autistic, lesbian writer, artist, public speaker, and podcast host from the UK. She writes and speaks about Autism, LGBT issues, intersectionality and diversity, writing, and family issues.
This week she shared some of her experiences as a mixed-race Autistic lesbian.…
This article is based on an interview with an Autistic 9th grader. It was written and edited collaboratively with the interviewer.…