Autism Interview #132: Nick McAllister on Late Diagnosis and Autism Acceptance

Nick McAllister is an autism advocacy writer from Australia. He blogs at Autistic Nick about a variety of autism-related topics, including late diagnosis. He is also the author of Autism Reflections, a book of personal essays about navigating life as an adult on the spectrum. This week Nick discussed his journey to embracing his Autistic identity after years without a diagnosis.

Autism Interview #130: Emily on Diagnosis and Sensory Processing Disorder

Emily is a graphic designer from the UK who is a blogger and illustrator in her spare time. She blogs at 21andsensory and also hosts her own podcast where she discusses topics relating to autism and sensory processing disorder (SPD). Emily blogs in order to bring people together to discuss their sensory problems and how they cope. It’s her mission to help others understand that sensory problems aren’t something children necessarily grow out of, but learn to live with and adapt to for the rest of their lives. This week Emily shared her positive diagnosis story and the ways she lives with and manages SPD.

Autism Interview #129: Daniel Maskit on Workplace Accommodations and Autistic Expertise

Daniel Maskit is a creative technologist, runner, writer, and public speaker based in the U.K. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Caltech, and has held research appointments at MIT, Stanford, and the MIT Media Lab. His twenty year career in visual effects for feature films saw him work on projects such as I, Robot, The Lord of The Rings, and Harry Potter. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He loves bears and blogs at Zen Master Bear Speaks on a variety of different topics, including autism, disability, and running. This week he discussed workplace accommodations and the importance of engaging with the Autistic community.

Autism Interview #128: Dr. James McGrath on Representation, Transition Supports, and Reframing the Autism Identity Narrative

Dr. James McGrath is Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University, UK. His book Naming Adult Autism: Culture, Science, Identity is available in paperback from Rowman & Littlefield International and his poems have appeared in various literary magazines. His next book will be a new set of experimental poems, titled an autistic figuration. This week he discussed autistic representation in literature, transition obstacles and supports, and reframing the autism identity narrative.

Autism Interview #127: Louis Scarantino on Dating, Advocacy, and Life Coaching

Louis Scarantino is a writer, motivational speaker, and public advocate. His motivational speeches fight the stigma associated with mental health around the world. He is a contributor for Autism Parenting Magazine and The Mighty. He also publishes blogs, videos, audio notes, and has also authored a book based on personal experience. This week he discussed his personal journey as an Autistic advocate. An excerpt from his book, Love is Too Hard: The Dating (Mis)Adventures of a Man with Autism is included below his interview, with his permission.

Autism Interview #124: Lydia Wilkins on Autism Acceptance

Lydia (right) is pictured above with her mentor, biographer Lesley Ann Jones

Lydia Wilkins is a freelance journalist based in the UK. She has written for publications including The Independent, Readers Digest, The Metro, Refinery 29, and others. She also documents life with Aspergers Syndrome, over at her blog Mademoiselle Women. Here she regularly interviews people such as Anastacia, journalist Paul Conroy, and others, as well as discussing topics such as interoception. This week she discusses Autism acceptance and offers some advocacy tips for parents.