Here Are Resources to Learn About Autism From, According to an Autistic Person

Neurodiversity

When I met Steve Silberman at the Florida CARD Conference in Orlando, Florida (January 2020).
  • In the beginner’s vein, John Elder Robison’s What is Neurodiversity article is also a good introduction to the concept of neurodiversity.
  • Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement (edited by Steven Kapp) is a free, open-access anthology with all autistic contributors on different frontline neurodiversity issues.
  • I also really like NOSMag if you want to explore neurodiversity culture. While NOSMag is no longer publishing, it’s one of the most diverse resources I’ve seen, and was way ahead of its time. It explores politics, policy, news, culture, and so much more.
  • NeuroClastic has a lot of interesting think-pieces written by autistic contributors, and they do a fantastic job highlighting the work of non-speakers and multiply-marginalized autistics.
  • I would also be remiss not to mention The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. Their Neurodiversity FAQ is very helpful for people with additional questions and myth-busting.

Language and Functioning Labels

Understanding Disabled Bodies and Minds

  • Ellen Samuels’ Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time makes me think about how disabled minds and bodies adapt on different timetables than people without disabilities.
  • The Spoon Theory is a classic for anyone who knows a person with a disability, because it explains why tasks can be hard. While the theory is written from the perspective of someone with lupus, it’s applicable to autism.
  • Case in point: Cynthia Kim’s Conserving Spoons explains how autistic people utilize spoons.

Parenting

College

  • OAR’s Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum is a wonderful downloadable resource. I did get to contribute to it, but I promise, I’m not biased.
  • ASAN also has Navigating College for those personal perspectives.
  • There are a lot of parent books I’ve read on the subject of college too, and your mileage may vary. Again, I’m not a parent, so I didn’t get as much out of those books as you might if you are a parent.

Autism & Women

Miscellaneous

  • All Cats Are on the Autism Spectrum is probably one of my favorite books ever because it explains autism beautifully for people of all ages. Full disclosure: I got to be a fangirl and write the forward for it.
  • Steve Asbell’s Stimmy Kitty comic illustrates simply what the autistic experience is like and I know I’ve nodded along to several of these.
  • All The Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism taught me so much about the intersection of autism and race (and is also an AWN production). It’s one of those books that made me reexamine my experiences and privilege and work to become a better ally and advocate.

Social Media Conversations

  • #AskingAutistics is a great way for allies and autistic people alike to engage with one another and ask questions; interacting with #AskingAutistics has made me feel connected and I know many parents and educators who have also learned a lot from it.
  • #ActuallyAutistic is primarily used by people on the spectrum to discuss their own stories and experiences, but it’s a great tag to observe to learn more.
  • #AllAutistics was created by black autistics to be inclusive of all people on the autism spectrum.
  • #AutisticWhileBlack is a black autistic hashtag that wonderfully shares the realities of the intersection between race and autism.
  • #SoyAutista is an autistic hashtag for Spanish speaking communities.
  • #NeurodiverseSquad, began in the ADHD community, but it’s taught me a lot about executive functioning and also autistic people who have ADHD too.
  • Every Sunday at 4PM ET, #Autchat is a chat that autistics utilize to get support, network, and talk about prescribed topics. It’s a great place to observe and learn.
  • There are plenty of more general tags I really like for disability overall (i.e, #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan campaign to engage both voters and politicians in a productive discussion about disability issues). Don’t be afraid to check out #DisCo, #DisabilityTwitter, and for the chronic illness community, #NEISVoid

Florida Organizations

National Organizations (U.S. based)

Government Organizations

International Organizations

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Haley Moss

Haley Moss

Neurodiversity Expert | Attorney | Advocate | Thought Leader | Author | Speaker