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alyokaye0626 (1)

Hard-ass labor is my love language. I'm only 9 months into this self-awareness that I am an Aspie. I don't write a lot but I try to make it count.

artsaflame (4)

Ra Butler
ASD, ADHD.

Ra Butler is a visual artist, writer, monster rights activist, and monster. Ra is the founder of the Monster Heart Mission, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-acceptance and advocacy of marginalized groups through monster imagery and creativity. A fiery and funny extrovert, Ra found that through going first and speaking up, plenty of other monsters often echoed out from the shadows, inspired by not being alone.

Special interests: horror and monsters, middle eastern mythology, ancient Egypt, ferrets, criminal psychology, and fire.

Aspergers Girls (2)

Profile: Marcie Ciampi, M.Ed. (aka Samantha Craft)
Marcie is best known for her writings found in the well-received blog and book Everyday Aspergers. A professional educator, she has been featured in various literature including peer-reviewed journals, Aspien Women, Autism Parenting Magazine, The Mighty, Project Aspie, Art & Autism, and Different Brains. Marcie serves as a Senior Recruiter and Outreach Specialist at ULTRA Testing, a technology company with a neurodiversity hiring initiative. She is a coauthor of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism and speaks globally on the topic of neurodiversity as it relates to employment and self-empowerment. To date she has corresponded with over 10,000 autistics around the world. She resides in Olympia, Washington, USA.

aspieaspired (8)

I am a wife, mother, Jesus follower and Aspergian (Aspie) who just so happens to love writing. I express myself best in written words 🙂

AspieGurl (5)

Otherwise known as Wendy, AspieGurl is a 39 year old blogger living in Northern Virginia with her wonderful mom and NT boyfriend Shawn. She got her MSW from George Mason University and has worked in both direct service and non-profit development and communication. Her passions include her family, singing in her UU church choir, activism, and well written sci fi.

AutisticScienceLady (5)

AutisticScienceLady is a neuroscience graduate student who is a late-diagnosed autistic person, and self-advocate.

avouleance (3)

Avouleance is a writer looking to explore experiences with different mental health conditions through poetry and prose in various places online (including r/PatGS) while doing a research masters in chemistry on the side.

Ben Hochstrasser (1)

Tends to a university institute's IT, plays in a concert band, restores woodwind instruments, likes to create graphical stuff.

bneal89 (9)

Brittney is an Early Childhood Education & Development professional, as well as a gigging local musician. She lives with her husband and daughter in Lynchburg, Va.

C.L. Lynch (11)

C.L. Lynch is an award-winning author and socially awkward autist living in Vancouver, B.C. with one husband, two children, several fuzzy animals, and uncountable unwashed dishes. She enjoys smashing tropes and hiding from adult responsibilities.

Callie (2)

Callie (real name undisclosed due to terminal awkwardness) is a 35-year-old self-diagnosed autistic woman with no particular credentials outside her own experiences. There is no actual evidence of her being three feral raccoons lashed together in a trenchcoat, but they've never been seen in the same room together, either.

Carol Millman (2)

Carol Millman has a degree in Psychology, a diploma in animal health technology, and a diagnosis of autism. She is a self-employed dog trainer who specializes in training assistance dogs.

chrishoward (1)

Diagnosed Aspergers 10 years ago at 45. Web developer, graphic designer, all 'round nerd.

differentnotdeficient (4)

I am a PDA autistic with ADHD, an autistic husband and an autistic son.
I am a passionate autistic advocate and my aim is to help to spread awareness, understanding and acceptance of autistics.
I live in the UK and, other than writing, enjoy several different craft hobbies (when I have time and my PDA lets me indulge!) and talking our son and our dog to the woods for a meander!

Eitan Rosa (2)

Eitan Rosa is a husband, father of two, a vocal coach/voice teacher and intermittent activist based in NYC. His studio draws in students from the local Jewish community and even from abroad. He draws from a colorful and diverse professional, educational, and personal background to enrich his teaching, his writing and his parenting, as an observant Latino Jew. His areas of interest include computer science, languages, music, mental health and counseling, grassroots community-based organizations, and activism. Last but definitely not least, neurodiversity has become a major area of interest for him, as someone coming from multigenerational neurodivergent family.

Heather Truett (2)

Heather Truett is a mom to teen boys, a full-time college student, and a slightly heretical pastor's wife. She publishes poetry, fiction, and essays.

Jaime A. Heidel - The Articulate Autistic (6)

Hello, I'm Jaime A. Heidel, The Articulate Autistic. I was diagnosed on the autism spectrum in 2015, at the age of 35. In addition to being on the spectrum, I also have OCD and PTSD. I am VERY grateful that the Aspergian team invited me to join this amazing group of neurodiverse people from all walks of life. In addition to writing, I also have a YouTube video series called "Why Autistic People Do That", so feel free to check it out! Also, I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and I identify as a queer femme.

Jasmine (1)

I try to figure out things , I have tornados in my head , and am a student from Iran.

jenbluhm (5)

Jen Bluhm is Waltzing On Waves out of Minneapolis. She is a performing & recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Recipient of the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award, Award-nominated film composer, & Neurodivergent Neurodiversity/Mental Health advocate.

Jeremy (3)

Jeremy is a Canadian autism self-advocate. He is a fan of all things transportation, especially passenger trains. He works in a technology field. He is passionate about making the world a better place for autistic youth and adults alike.

Jo Bloggs (1)

“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

Joel Schwartz, PsyD (1)

Dr. Joel Schwartz is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. He specializes in therapy and testing for the misunderstood. As a therapist, he is warm, compassionate, and strongly humanistic, allowing for all the oddities and unexplored aspects of his clients to emerge and be validated. As a testing psychologist, Dr. Schwartz specializes in difficult and complex cases.

Dr. Schwartz grew up in Southern California. He developed an early interest in psychology, strangely enough, from a childhood filled with science fiction stories. These stories often provided fascinating looks into human psychology and the human spirit. Dr. Schwartz attended UCLA as an undergrad where he conducted research in the field of neurolinguistics. From there, he attended Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf School of Clinical Psychology for his Master’s and Doctorate degree. He has worked in various settings including colleges, clinics, a federal prison, and residential treatment centers. Through his experience with a vast array of individuals he has stuck with one important lesson among many; as the psychoanalyst Harry Stack Sullivan said, “We are all more human than otherwise.”

kaylasmith22 (1)

Kayla Smith is a young autistic disabilityrights advocate. She started to get involved in disability activism in November 2017. Kayla do autism awareness events at her community college to educate about autism. She hopes students, faculty and staff to look autism in the positive way instead of negative. Kayla Smith is the creator of #AutisticBlackPride. The hashtag is about celebrate and embrace black and autistic pride at the same time and give awareness about lack of representation of Autistic POC( People of Color).

Life Guides for Autism | NeuroGuides™ (10)

Corporate neurodiversity consultant, relationship purist, cultural broker, strategic major donor relationship builder, writer, autistic Dad to three autistic persons, Neurodiversity Ambassador and speaker.

Passionately focused on guiding neurodivergent persons to discover their strengths, gifts and enjoy meaningful lives. A relentless optimist, an encourager who is out to build up individuals, to better communities one great relationship at a time.

Lucy Frances (2)

Lucy Frances is a self-identified autistic mother of three neurodiverse children. Her passions include weird science, printmaking, language, justice, hagiography, and pencils.

Nolan Perry (1)

Nolan is a High School Student in South Carolina. He is an Administrator with The Aspergian. He is on the Board of Neuroguides, A Nonprofit Giving Life and Career Counseling to Autistic Adults.

onelonedandelion (5)

I’m a 40-something recently diagnosed Aspie. Still trying to figure out my identity and find my place in this world. Thankful every day for finding my Aspie tribe. ♾🔴✍🏻

Oolong (3)

Science teacher, visual-toy programmer, infrequent creator of giant puppets.

Likes to infodump about autism.

patrickmagpie (13)

Patrickmagpie is an lgbtqia+ novelist with a penchant for pandemonium. He's opinionated and full of misanthropic snark. An avid word lover, his favorite genres are dark comedy and melodrama. Once he changed his name to Jessica Simpson for a day, and no one noticed. He spends much of his day thinking about fashion, plot twists, and cute sailors. When he's not writing, he enjoys engaging in the neurodiversity community and rallying against hate groups. He plans to share his experiences with autism, anxiety, PTSD, selective mutism, and ADHD. Check out his new blog: https://www.facebook.com/Escapades-of-an-Autistic-Diva-409851899862459/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Philip Reyes (1)

Philip Reyes is a nonspeaking autistic self-advocate and aspiring writer. He uses the Rapid Prompting Method and types to communicate. He is a high school student in Buffalo, NY, and writes the blog, Faith, Hope, and Love with Autism.

Prismatic (2)

Elyana Ren is a proud Hufflepuff and unquenchable bookworm. She grew up in the middle of the Pacific, but found herself after moving to the Pacific Northwest. Her work features the authentic experience of being disabled, neurodivergent, and queer. When she isn't writing, she uses the creative arts to empower others to trust and love their own voice. Elyana can be found on Twitter @aprismuncovered and on A Prism Uncovered. If she isn’t there, she is probably in the company of a few good books, her guide dog, and her collection of plushies. Actually, always check there first.

Rachel Strickland (1)

Rachel is a writer and English MA student who lives in Texas with her husband and beloved fur-baby. She was diagnosed with autism at age 25 and has since then fallen in love with writing about the topic. She is a self-proclaimed cat lady and a passionate defender of the Oxford comma. Visit her at rachelannwrites.com.

Ren Everett (2)

I make it my full-time job to improve my understanding of myself and others, question unchallenged perceptions of normality, and identify value in what I have to offer. I aim to promote harmony between us all, including nature, as I pursue autonomy and sustainability for myself.

Shelly Willoughby (2)

Shelly is a retired project manager and technical writer. She now writes about travel and autism awareness with published articles in Autism Parenting Magazine and other publications. Autistic herself, Shelly runs two small businesses: www.swagimports.com and www.remoteworkhelp.com. She has a passion for helping people discover and monetize their marketable talents, especially within the neurodivergent community. She has a tri-paw (three-legged Bengal cat) named Lagertha. Some of her special interests include unicorns, dragons, and wild cats. You can find Shelly's personal blog at www.aspiefreelancer.com.

Spectrum Hacks (4)

Tackling the myths and sharing the hacks

st1rdude (1)

Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

stinkyzen (3)

An autist diagnosed later in life, with a love of reading and writing, and some fairly quirky attitudes.

Terra Vance (38)

Terra Vance is an industrial and organizational psychology consultant and the proprietor of Acumen Consulting, LLC. She specializes in diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and poverty dynamics. She is a founder and administrator at The Aspergian. Her passions are in the intersections of social justice, equality, literature, Truth, and science. To contact Terra via email, click here.

The Aspergian (5)

This article is either a team effort or is published anonymously at the author's request. The Aspergian is a collective of neurodivergents rewriting the narrative about autism in our own voices. Thank you for visiting, and be sure to help us get out the word by sharing our articles and telling a friend about this site.

xgodley (1)

Chris Godley is the admin of Asperger's Life Support and an admin and founding member of The Aspergian.

Yo Samdy Sam (5)

Sam is a Brit living in the Netherlands, who was diagnosed with autism in 2019, to add to her other tasty diagnoses. She has a YouTube channel ("Yo Samdy Sam") where she posts videos about autism and neurodiversity.