Autism Interview #136 Part 1: Eric Evans on the Intersectionality of Race and Autism

Eric Evans is a Communication Specialist from Philadelphia with an interest in developing innovative solutions to communication-based conflicts, as well as curriculum development for educational seminars ranging from mental disabilities to community outreach. He has developed training programs for police to learn to identify Autistic civilians and interact with them in safe and appropriate ways. In Part One of his interview, he shared some of his experiences growing up Autistic and Black as well as his advocacy work training police officers in Philadelphia.

Out Of The Shadows: Black Families With Autism Speak Out, Eric Evans on Training Police

Kim Riley, founder of The Transition Academy (an organization dedicated to ensuring students with disabilities have the opportunity to explore college and career options after high school), hosted a webinar earlier this month in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s murder. The webinar was titled Out Of The Shadows: Black Families With Autism Speak Out. One of her guests was Eric Evans, a Black man diagnosed with Asperger’s.

#BlackAutisticLivesMatter

“We–those of us who exist at the intersection of disability and race–aren’t treated as if we are ‘real.’ Little concern is paid to the innumerable factors present in our lives that impact how we view ourselves and the world, to how we ourselves are viewed by the world, to our strengths, to our needs. This…

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.