Resources by and for #ActuallyAutistic people

Reading blogs, and watching videos, by autistic people, was how I first came to the realisation that I myself am autistic, which spurred me on to get assessed. It’s not always possible to see yourself in ‘official’ descriptions of the condition – it certainly wasn’t for me.

I think it’s incredibly important, whether you think you might be autistic or simply want to find out more about autism and the experiences of autistic people, to go to those who actually know firsthand what it’s like.

And a plea, dear readers: if you come across a wonderful resource produced by an autistic person that I haven’t listed here and you think I should share it with the wider world, then please get in touch!

YouTube channels

TED Talk and TEDx videos

Blogs I like

Here is a handful of blogs that I like. Each voice is unique, and I urge you to check all of these out. It also seems more common, especially among adult-diagnosed autistics, for female and/or non-binary people to blog about their experiences – perhaps because we feel ourselves to be ‘invisible’ in the more mainstream autism narratives. But hopefully that’s starting to change.

I have, however, made a semi-conscious decision to focus mainly on female/NB bloggers here (there are one or two male bloggers in here, from otherwise marginalised groups), although there are some very good blogs by male autists out there as well, of course.

I am also trying, gradually, to make this list less white. Even amongst us marginalised, underrepresented autistics who are female, non-binary or trans, there is further underrepresentation when it comes to autistic people of colour. As a white person, I have managed to find lots of blogs by autistic women who are very much like me, but I’m trying to seek out, and signal boost, more diverse voices.

For simplicity’s sake (because I’m in the app a lot), I have mostly listed WordPress blogs for the time being, but other blogging platforms are, of course, available.

Apologies to those wonderful bloggers I follow and interact with, whom I’ve missed out for now – there are absolutely loads of others. I will keep adding to this list, as and when I have the time and energy. In the meantime:

Twitter

Autistic Twitter is a fabulous and supportive, if sometimes very opinionated place. I’d recommend checking out the hashtags #ActuallyAutistic and #SheCantBeAutistic as a starting point when looking for people to follow.

Autistic people are also rather good at hijacking cringeworthy neurotypical-created hashtags, both for shits ‘n’ giggles and to make a serious point about their absurdity (and sometimes downright offensiveness). Great examples include #livingwithautism and #touchedbyautism.

One of the most useful single thingummies on Twitter is something called #autchat, which takes place every Sunday afternoon/evening (depending on where you are in the world, but generally more North America/Europe-oriented).

A different topic every week (although they are repeated from time to time), with pre-planned questions – I’ve found this a huge source of support, information, and validation. #autchat is open to anyone who is autistic or similarly neurodivergent, including those who are self-diagnosed. It’s run by @autchatmods. Transcripts of each chat are published as Storifies, and scheduled topics and planned questions are published on the #autchat website.

What about books?

…I hear you ask.

Well,  I’d been meaning to collate a list, but as I haven’t had time, and someone else has already done such a good job, I thought I’d just link straight through to hers. See Anonymously Autistic “Anna’s” great list of recommended reading. I take absolutely no credit for this list, but I simply acknowledge that it contains some really good things to read, and I suggest that you check it out.

 

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