Autism Interview #168 Part 1: Aria Sky on Late Diagnosis, Self-Diagnosis, and Barriers to Diagnosis

Aria Sky is a late-diagnosed Autistic mother of four. She blogs at Mamautistic on a variety of her personal experiences as an Autistic adult. In Part One of her two-part interview, Aria shares her path to diagnosis and how that process differed from the diagnosis of her children. She also discussed common barriers to diagnoses and ways to make access to a diagnosis more equitable.

Autism Interview #167: Tas Kronby on Allyship and Equal Access to Higher Education

Tas Kronby are Autistic members of the disability community with developmental, mental health, and physical disabilities. They use them/them and plural pronouns and we/ours in writing (Really, they are not typos). They advocate for equal access and awareness and acceptance of neurodiversity. They aim to use their voice to break the stigma surrounding any and all invisible disability diagnosis. For more information on what they do, come visit them at www.tasthoughts.com. This week Tas discussed allyship and equal access to higher education.

Autism Interview #164: Michele Truty on Late Diagnosis and Autistic Identity

Michele Truty is a vegan writer from Chicago recently awakening to her Autistic identity as an adult. She has worked in book and magazine publishing for a variety of different companies across the U.S. Michele documents her discoveries and shares insights about autism in women on her blog Delightfully Quirky. This week she shared her experience pursuing a formal diagnosis and the desire for proper supports for Autistic children and their families.

Autism Interview #163 Part 1: Kristen Hovet on the Winding Path to Diagnosis and Subtle Manifestations

Kristen Hovet is a science writer and research communications specialist, covering health research and innovation. After being diagnosed with autism at the age of 38, she set out to create a platform, The Other Autism, to speak about late diagnosis in females and on the positive sides of being autistic. In Part One of her two-part interview, Kristen shares her long path to obtaining an autism diagnosis and explains the more subtle ways autism can manifest both in herself and many other Autistic people.

Autism Interview #147: Bernard Grant on Writing and Autism Acceptance

Bernard Grant’s writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The South Carolina Review, Third Coast, and Craft, among other online and print publications. Bernard serves as an Associate Fiction Editor of Tahoma Literary Review and holds an MFA from The Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University where they were awarded the Carol Houck Smith Graduate Scholarship. They have also received scholarships to The Anderson Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Fishtrap: Writing and the West, as well as fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, and The University of Cincinnati, where they are a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, and are at work on a novel-in-stories that focuses on a mixed-raced family and features autistic characters. Bernard is also working on essays on autism and American racism, which they plan to collect and title Unmasking. This week Bernard discussed his life as an Autistic author and ways society can work towards autism acceptance.