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. 🙂
— 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
Names of people I’d like to add for 2018 that should be shared with the masses as well include phenomenal advocates including…
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…
Morenike Giwa Onaiwu
Hattie Rose Groskind
Names of people I’d like to add for 2020 that should be shared with the masses as well include phenomenal advocates including…
Maggie Gossard Thompson
Tony Hernandez Pumarejo
Sharisa Joy Kochmeister
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…
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!