April is Autism Awareness Month (I prefer calling it World Autism Month though)! Over the years there have been countless stories of amazing autism advocates who also happen to be on the autism spectrum. Here are some of my favorites below. Many of them have become dear friends of mine and are shining a light on our community! The importance of this list along with acknowledging them for their efforts is to make sure that their voices are heard in our communities not only in April but all year round. Their stories deserve to be shared with the masses.
You see what many don’t know about me is that I was actually diagnosed with autism at 4. Today I have overcome many of my obstacles thanks to intensive occupational, physical and speech therapy.
Today I have 4 jobs as an professional speaker, best-selling author, non-profit founder, TV talk show host and autism film consultant! I would love to speak in your area to your schools, businesses, parent groups, professional development meetings, etc to help spread inclusion and education in our communities. You can contact me anytime here for more details.
Want to learn more about these advocates? Simply click on one of their names below. (The list below is in no specific order)
— Future Horizons (@fhautism) July 9, 2015
— Courier-Post (@cpsj) September 20, 2016
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 19, 2012
— BEST (@ABA_center) January 18, 2016
— Jose H. Velasco (@JoseHugoVelasco) March 24, 2016
— Autism Society (@AutismSociety) March 23, 2016
When People Say ‘You Look Tired’ >> https://t.co/a5Ad2u1mg2
— Autism Speaks (@autismspeaks) October 29, 2015
- Satoshi Tajiri, (Creator of Pokemon)
Ten years after the game of his life made him famous, Jason McElwain is still pushing the boundaries of expectation: https://t.co/IdzvL3MCBF
— ESPN (@espn) February 16, 2016
A photo posted by Jeremy Sicile-Kira (@jeremysvision) on
— Learning By Design (@NicoleTuronDiaz) October 11, 2015
69. Jennifer O’Toole
70. Darrius Frazier
71. Bill Wong
72. Kate Palmer
73. Carly Fulgham
74. John Miller
75. Kris Guin
76. Kate Gladstone
77. David A. George
78. Sondra Williams
79. Catherine Fozard
80. Londyn Giles
82. Ellen Presti
83. Mitchel Timme
84. Ethan Cross
85. Chase Bailey
86. Kit Dwyer
87. Sue Abramowski
88. Erik Weber
89. Marcelle Ciampi
92. John Howard
93. Nathaniel Major
94. Mats Vederhus
95. Jackie Parslow
96. Hayley Gosney
97. Katherin Rider
98. Daniel Toops
100. Mikey Brannigan
Names of people I missed from this list when it came out who I’d like to add for 2018 include Kirsten E Lindsmith, Kelly Israel, Finn Gardiner, Lydia Brown, Ari Ne’eman, Julia Bascom, Sam Crane, Sara Luterman and Sharon da Vanport.
Two young individuals on the spectrum who I’ve had the opportunity to highlight on my Facebook page A Special Community this year that I’d also like to add to this list include…
In addition to this list I’ve also had the opportunity via my non-profit KFM Making a Difference to give students with autism scholarships to college based on their efforts to “make a difference” in their local communities. You can learn more about their stories here. I also hope you take a few minutes to learn more about my journey on the autism spectrum by checking out my website here.
Missing someone from this list? In the spirit of including people with autism in our community we’d love for you to share your story in the comments as well and what you are up too. Tell us in the comments to keep the conversation going!