External Websites & Support Groups
Autism Awareness? Autism Appreciation? Autism Acceptance? None of these are a particularly high bar, but it is true that some people do, indeed, need real awareness while others need a better understanding of how to truly accept and appreciate. Still, others need goals beyond these. Hence, Autism Level UP! Wherever you are, take the next step! Autism Level Up aims to meet people wherever they are in their journey and help them continue forward. From real awareness all the way through empowerment and advocacy.
Chris Bonnello is an autistic advocate, author and former teacher, having taught in mainstream primary and specialist education. Since 2015, he has become a national and international speaker on autism issues, and the multi-award-winning writer behind autisticnotweird.com.
Understood is a nonprofit dedicated to shaping the world for difference. They provide resources and support so people who learn and think differently can thrive - in school, at work, and throughout life.
Authentically Autistic, the MasterClass is researched, written, designed, illustrated, filmed and presented by neurodivergent folk. With contributors from Australia, the UK and the US, the MasterClass is the definitive Autism and Neurodiversity education package, where you can deep dive and learn directly from 28 of the worlds’ leading educators, advocates, researchers, thought leaders and concept originators.
Social Media Accounts & Podcasts
Meg (she/her) is an occupational therapist who cares deeply about person-affirming therapy. At Learn Play Thrive, she hopes to springboard as many OTs and SLPs as humanly possible into offering neurodiversity-affirming therapy with ease. Meg has supported thousands of therapists to become confident, effective OTs and SLPs who use strengths-based strategies with their Autistic clients and support their clients’ sense of belonging and identity.
A podcast developed by the creators of "Learn Play Thrive" to explore research, amplify autistic voices, and change the way we think about autism in life and in professional therapy practice.
Amy Richards hosts "The SquarePeg Podcast", which invites autistic women and nonbinary people to explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes. Her goal is for the conversations to be inspiring and thought provoking, open listeners up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and helping them feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
In the Media
Based on the Peabody Award-winning HBO documentary, How to Dance in Ohio is a heart-filled new musical exploring the need to connect and the courage it takes to step out into the world. At a group counseling center in Columbus, Ohio, seven autistic young adults prepare for a spring formal dance—a rite of passage that breaks open their routines and sets off hilarious and heartbreaking encounters with love, stress, excitement, and independence. How to Dance in Ohio is a story about people standing on the cusp of the next phase of their lives, facing their hopes and fears, ready to make a very big first move…and dance.