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 nonverbal till 2.5 and 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 a professional speaker, best-selling author, non-profit founder, and autism film consultant! I would love to give a webinar and/or 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) Did I miss someone? If so my apologies! In the spirit of including people with autism in our community I’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!

Note: This list is in no particular order. Not a ranking but a way to acknowledge self-advocates. 🙂

Temple Grandin

Stephen Shore

Dena Gassner

Anita Lesko

Valerie Paradiz

Anthony Ianni

Jodi DiPiazza

Erin Clemens

Amy Gravino

Dani Bowman

Rachel Barcellona

Phil Martin

Dan Aykroyd

Daryl Hannah

Susan Boyle

Dallas Manning

John Elder Robison

Ann Kagarise

Taylor Orns

Amber Black

Paul Silver

Alexis Wineman

Ron Sandison

Rebekah McClelland

David Powell

Paul Morris

Laque Youngblood

Lamar Hardwick

Anthony Cancel

Michael McCreary

Jadyn Waiser

Satoshi Tajiri, (Creator of Pokemon)

Joshua Dushack

Louis Scarantino

Jason McElwain

Matt Savage

Haley Moss

Scott Lentine

Alex Plank

Kenneth Kelty

Malcom Harris-Gowdie

Marshall Gordeuk

Clay Marzo

Eric Kirschner

Andrew Greenspan

Carly Fleischmann

Michael Korins

Lindsey Nebeker

Arman Khodaei

Jeremy Sicile-Kira

Truly love that my career is taking off.

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Gerald Franklin

Jesse Saperstein

Candy Waters

Grant Manier

Lydia Wayman

Justin Canha

Linsey Schmid

Chloe Rothschild

Ido Kedar

Lars Perner

Erin McKinney

James Durbin

Michael Goodroe

Jonathan Carlander

David Friedland

Marques Carr

Aaron Likens

Jeremiah Swisher

Jennifer O’Toole

Darrius Frazier

Bill Wong

Kate Palmer

Carly Fulgham

John Miller

Kris Guin

Kate Gladstone

David A. George

Sondra Williams

Catherine Fozard

Londyn Giles

Asperger Syndrome Awareness: Bryan

Ellen Presti

Mitchel Timme

Ethan Cross

Chase Bailey

Kit Dwyer

Sue Abramowski

Erik Weber

Marcelle Ciampi

Jeffrey Alan Ford

Colin Eldred-Cohen

John Howard

Nathaniel Major

Mats Vederhus

Jackie Parslow

Hayley Gosney

Katherin Rider

Daniel Toops

Anthony Pantaleone

Mikey Brannigan

Names of people I’d like to add for 2018 that should be shared with the masses as well include phenomenal advocates including…

Kirsten E Lindsmith

Kelly Israel

Finn Gardiner

Lydia Brown

Ari Ne’eman

Julia Bascom

Sam Crane

Sara Luterman

Sharon da Vanport

Names of people I’d like to add for 2019 that should be shared with the masses as well include phenomenal advocates including…

Thomas Iland

Jacob Velaquez

Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Erin Miller

Gyasi Burks-Abbott

Khylil Robinson

Thomas Hassell

Kelly Carpenter

Hattie Rose Groskind

Jillian Nelson

Joel Carver

Noelle Budde

Mina Cuesta

Names of people I’d like to add for 2020 that should be shared with the masses as well include phenomenal advocates including…

William Farrior

Kimberly Griego

Paige Layle

Heath Camerer

Maggie Gossard Thompson

Linda Degise-Kotowski

Michael DeMelfi

Brooke Brockman

Trae Bly

Karl Wittig

Tony Hernandez Pumarejo

Elizabeth Graham

Zachary Morrison-Gray

Alex Feeley

Kelly Carpenter

Autistic Pastor

Austin Ortiz

Austin Sullivan

Logan Mills

Hannah Kandel

Sharisa Joy Kochmeister

Archibald Brechin

Cooper (Finding Cooper’s Voice)

Adam Morgan

Greta Thunberg

Ryan Hooven

Russell Lehmann

Alix Generous

Cassie Crosman

Justice DeAngelis

I have a video series at A Special Community where I highlight several individuals with autism such as Justice’s story which you can watch above. You can follow more of their stories here.

Three young individuals on the spectrum who are quite talented singers I’ve had the opportunity to highlight on my Facebook page A Special Community I also wanted to feature. They include…

Calum Courtney

Ashleigh

and Brooke Andraya

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!

-Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.- (2)