AUTISM ORGANISATIONS AND WEBSITES
(that take a pro-neurodiversity perspective)
- ASAN (US-based, but with international chapters)
- AutCom (US)
- Autism Women’s network (US)
- Autistic UK
- AMASE (Edingburgh, UK)
- AutAngel (Reading, UK)
- Autistica (a research charity that is incorporating autistic participation)
- CRAE at the IOE at UCL have a focus on promoting participatory autism research
- International Aspergirls Society (run by Rudy Simone) (worldwide)
- Spectrum Women magazine
- Masking magazine
- Spectrum (digital magazine from the NAS)
- Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
- More coming soon!
Autistic-run journals and publishers: Autonomy, AutPress
In-person autistic communities:
- Autscape (UK)
- Autspace (US)
- The National Autistic Society may run social groups local to you (UK)
- Meetup has some autistic gatherings in many major cities worldwide
- If you know of any more let me know and I will add them to the list!
I have a Pinterest page with links to some great (in my view) videos about autism. Currently there are approaching 300(!), and I am forever adding more – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/sianiatkins/autism-videos
My favourite autistic Youtubers and autism-related channels (as of December 2018), include:
- Amythest Schaber
- Neurodivergent Rebel
- Aspergers from the Inside
- Purple Ella
- Invisible i
- Agony Autie
- Lilly Alive
- B blushes
- Melanie Yergeau
- Kieran Rose
- Becca Lory
- Nathan Selove
- Super pepette (Fr)
- Runaway Germ
- Autistic Changeling
Good hashtags to follow include: #ActuallyAutistic and #AskingAutistics.
Autistic Twitter people include:
Plus tonnes more – I could never list them all here. And a load more I haven’t yet come across. The autistic community on Twitter seems rather big. I would definitely recommend it as the place to go if you want to connect with other autistic people online.
You can always see the people I follow to find more autistic people on Twitter – https://twitter.com/following
Autistic Facebook groups
Check out this Pinterest page for a log of all the books I’ve read on autism. There are a few I wouldn’t recommend… especially some of the ones I read earlier in my post-diagnostic journey. But most of them are very good.
My favourites include:
- Authoring Autism, Melanie Yergeau – indescribably good [academic/autie-ethnography]
- A mismatch of salience, Damian Milton [academic]
- Theory of Mind and the triad of perspective on autism, Olga Bogdashina [academic, textbook, narrative]
- Odd Girl Out, Laura James [autiebio]
- The Real Experts, Michelle Sutton (eds) [compilation of blog posts, advocacy]
- A Field guide to Earthlings, Ian Ford
- La Difference Invisible, Juie Dachez [French comicbook]
- Shy, Nerdy and Socially Inappropriate, Cynthia Kim (runs the Musings of an Aspie blog) [autiebio, some academics]
- Aspergirls, Rudy Simone [narrative].
- Somebody Somewhere, Donna Williams [autiebio] – outdated now, and contains some troubling representation of autism – but still so worth reading, it is a deserved classic (along with the others in the series)
More coming soon!