Hi and Welcome! Here on this page you will find a handful of up to date (2021) helpful resources to guide you into understanding what autism truly is. I am speaking as a late diagnosed autistic women who is also raising a diagnosed autistic son. If you’d like to learn more about my journey, it can be found here; Autistic Raising
Eva Mendes LMHC, NCC Eva helped me tremendously work through a lifetime of misunderstandings about myself. I highly recommend her counsel.
The Art of Autistim Check List This is one of the first resources I discovered when I started digging around about myself. From here my curiosity about myself sprung here and helped jumpstart my journey of self awareness and self understanding.
ABA Alternatives This is a thoughtful article on wanting to explore options for your children that do not involve traditional old school ABA. Dig deeper if you’re not sure what any of this means but you keep hearing anything about ABA.
I found this article helpful when trying to figure out how to best support my son who was 4 at the time of diagnosis. He is now 6 and thriving because of the various supports we have for him and with him.
Deciding on what kind of support you and your family needs is such a personal matter and decision. Don’t be afraid to go with your gut and remember you know your child better than anyone.
Mykola Bilokonsky Tweeted a BRILLIANT list of reasons you may be autistic. I found is incredibly hilarious because for me it was so true and not quite like a light bulb going off in my head but more like fucking fireworks for the realizations I was connecting about myself. Thank you Mykola.
Jude Morrow- Autistic Keynote Storyteller, Training Provider, Conference Headliner & creator of the EndeeSphere app, an online community of autism education for parents of autistic kids and autistic adults with safe online communities to share and learn from each other.
Jean-Daniel Ó Donncada: When I first saw on of Jean-Daniel’s TikTok’s, (just the other day) about the “Medium Place” …oh my goodness! I’ve watched it at least 20 times, showed it to my husband and now am his biggest fan. There is so much about his experiences and outlooks on being autistic that resonate with me. Look him up, follow him, support him. He is a GEM. Here’s what he has to say about himself which you can find on his about page on his website:)
“I am Jean-Daniel Ó Donncada (zawhn-danyell oh dunn uhh). I am an educator, photographer, and pastor in Montréal. I have twenty years of experience in working primarily with young people, teaching art, history, and religion outside of the classroom in museums and churches.I make YouTube videos, write essays, record podcasts, preach at churches, lead workshops, and lecture at universities. It’s possibly cheesy, but mostly I am trying to help young people make sense of the world, feel loved, and help my fellow adults to do that, too. I’m openly, and sometimes proudly, Christian, French Canadian, queer, autistic, and awkward. I get pretty passionate about making sure church and society do better at welcoming those who speak minority languages and those who think in marginalised neurodiverse ways.I have a service dog named Rilla who helps me be a better human, two amazing kids, and two ungrateful cats. My day job, though it’s mostly evenings, is serving as pastor to St. Martha’s Chapel in Montréal.”
And while you’re at it, check out his website on neurodiversity Public Neurodiversity Support Center
Ok, I was going to share this one podcast that has helped me so much, but instead I found it is linked to a another site, https://www.autastic.com Here you’ll find dozens of autistic related podcasts AND support. Do check it out! I’m so happy something like this exists.
I will continue to add more as I find them. And if you have any you’d like to see here to share, please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org