This page is a short list of very basic stuff you might want to use as a starting point.
Once you’ve had a look here, I’d recommend pouring your energy into looking at the links to information and resources made by autistic people themselves.
I’m going to try and keep this page updated as I find more useful stuff. Right now, I’m a little short of time and energy, so most of this is copied over from a pinned post on my Facebook page, but gradually I hope to build it up into more of a useful resource.
Websites and pages
- Firstly, a great little comic strip which explains the spectrum really well – I feel like this is something everyone should look at.
- The National Autistic Society is a factual, UK-based charity – its website includes resources on assessment and diagnosis procedures, and signs of autism. It’s not always written from an autistic point-of-view, but it’s a starting point, and the charity increasingly does engage with autistics themselves in terms of input – I would, however recommend looking at some of my recommended #ActuallyAutistic resources.
- Definitions of some commonly-used terms by writer Cynthia Kim
- Tendril Theory – a very accessible explanation of executive function, concentration and attention issues in people with autism, ADHD, etc, and why we struggle with task-switching
- The Week I Completely Rewired My Brain, a great (if longish) post by a women about first realising she might be autistic (Aspergers)
I used to link to The Mighty, and indeed, in my earlier, more naïve days of blogging I did in fact write a handful of posts for it. However, I no longer engage with this company or website. It is not an ally of autistic people. My explanation for why this is would be fairly long and I don’t have time here, but Laina Eartharcher of The Silent Wave lays it out very well in this post.
Most of these also operate via websites and/or other social media platforms, but I find their Facebook pages a great place to start:
For YouTube channels and videos of talks by autistic people themselves, have a look on the #ActuallyAutistic resources page. But here are a few one-off videos that are worth a look:
- This one, from BBC Three, is a great myth-buster.
- If you have time, Tony Attwood is an expert on Asperger Syndrome – some people, myself included, would argue that he’s far too pathologising and othering in how he talks about autistic people (I will link to some articles about this soon!) but I think some of his work is worth a look. This is a much longer film, but presents really effectively how autism can manifest itself differently in girls and women. Caveats about the ‘pathological’ style of a lot of this, but it still gave me quite a few lightbulb moments when I watched it.