Resources

NOTICE TO MY READERS

This page has been updated from the original list I included four years ago when I first published this blog as well as some subsequent updates. I have left some of the original resources in, but have added some more neurodiverse-friendly resources as well. Enjoy. :)

Websites: Individuals

  • Michael Scott Monje, Jr. — Michael is an autistic author who writes about neurodiversity and social justice. He is also a fiction writing using autistic individuals as his protagonists, including  the novel Nothing Is Right, and is currently writing a new web serial, Imaginary Friends.
  • Neurocosmopolitanism – Nick Walker’s blog on neurodiversity, autism, and cognitive liberty.
  • Autism Wars – the blog of Kerima Cervik, parent activist for autism and social justice.
  • Rudy Simone — Rudy Simone is an author, speaker, and self-advocate in the field of Asperger Syndrome. She has many excellent resources on her site, including information for females with AS.
  • Dr. Tony Attwood — Dr. Attwood is one of the major experts in the field of Asperger Syndrome. He has written several books on the subject in general, including The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome. He has also addressed the unique characteristics and challenges of women and girls on the spectrum.
  • Asperger’s Diarythis is the blog of Lynne Soraya, the nom de plume of a woman with Asperger Syndrome who blogs at Psychology Today.
  • Aspie.com – the WWW home of Liane Holliday Willey, author of several books, including Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger’s 
  • Dr. Temple Grandin — animal welfare and autism activist. Author of several books on autism spectrum disorders, including Developing Talents, Emergence: Labeled Autistic, and Thinking in Pictures.

Websites: Organizations (National/International)

  • NeuroQueerneurodiverse-friendly and queer-friendly. Highly recommended.
  • Barking Sycamores – a journal featuring neurodiverse literary voices.
  • Intersected – Ability. Race. Color. Religion. National Origin. Gender. Sexual Orientation. Gender Identity. Where all these things meet.
  • We Are Like Your Childa blog publishing articles about the autistic adult experience in all its truth, and aims to help parents of autistic children understand that yes, autistic adults are like their children.
  • Bipolar — A Neurodiversity Approach – this website presents bipolar in terms of neurodiversity as opposed to a disorder. A good read and resource.
  • Autism Women’s Network according to Executive Director Sharon da Vanport, AWN is “dedicated to building a community of autistic females, their families, friends, and supporters who have a place where they can share their experiences amongst a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment.” AWN hosts forums, publishes articles, and provides other resources as well as hosts a radio show on BlogTalkRadio.
  • AutismHWY: This is an informational friendship network for children and adults on the spectrum as well as extended family. Please feel free to check out their Facebook Page.
  • Rethinking Autism – This website was started by the mother of an autistic boy to help combat what she calls the “pseudo-science”, the “quackery”, and the media sensationalism over autism, and to combat this with something closer to the truth. She aims to “change the autism conversation one video at at time”.
  • Wrong Planet – this is an online community for people on the autism spectrum, as well as their families. The site offers discussion forums, as well as real-time chat, articles, and other resources.
  • Asperger Women Associationthis organization based out of Texas is dedicated to the lifestyles and support of women and girls with Asperger Syndrome. They also have a periodic broadcast on BlogTalkRadio (see below under Broadcasts).
  • Neurodiversity.com this site is a wealth of information. There are links to books, articles, and many other resources dealing with Asperger Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Especially of interest on their site are profiles of famous people who exhibit signs of being on the autism spectrum.

Websites: Organizations (Central Ohio)

  • OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) — OCALI is an organization based in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to serving “families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries”. They provide referrals for professionals who diagnose autism spectrum disorders, educational materials, and other assistance to Ohioans on the autism spectrum.
  • The Nisonger Center at Ohio State University — The center specializing in developmental disabilties and “provides assistance to people with disabilities, families, service providers and organizations to promote inclusion in education, health, employment and community settings.” The center does have an autism spectrum disorder clinic. While the clinic is currently not accepting new referrals, other services may be available.

Publishers

6 thoughts on “Resources

  1. I so love this blog, especially the heading pictures :)

    I so believe its more about neurological differences, aspergers just pone part of my many differences, each label helps explain apart of what makes me an i ndividual, who has a name!

    I would love to exchange links, but sorry could not find a contact, so hope ok to add here.

    Regrads Alyson

    • Hi Alyson:

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. And I’ve visited Asplanet before, but haven’t had a chance to check it out extensively, but would be glad to trade links. I’ve been updating my resources page anyway, so I will add you here.

      -Nicole

      • I have now linked you blog to my blogs/web site links page and to my Autistic page.

        I see myself as more neuro diverse and not so much an aspie as I have quite a few varied neurological traits, mental, intellectual and autistic, and each label I feel explains apart of some of my many differences, but I like to think I am human and have a name, so these days I guess I see myself as more neuro diverse ;)i

      • Hi Alyson:

        Thanks for the link. Again, you’ve offered some very thoughtful comments, and it does make me think about and wonder about the use of labels. The inherent problem with human beings is that we tend to rely heavily upon them or think that we need them.

        -Nicole

  2. Hi Nicole,
    My name is Jen. 24 years of age from Australia. I was diagnosed by the Tony Attwood just a week ago in Brisbane where he has an office. I’m delighted to find your blog, your logical honest approach really grabbed me.

    I have picked up some of your hopes for this blog and audiences you might reach and will certainly pass this on to women I might meet here in Australia who could benefit from this blog and your writing and resources!

    I will keep in touch with this blog most certainly! I just read ‘Aspie in the City’ and cut and pasted paragrapgs that could have been written by myself about myself and highlighted parts which I could really RELATE to. This being able to ‘relate’, having something in common with other people for the first time in my life is going to take some getting used to but I am finding it a comforting (still numb) part of the process of learning about Asperger’s and trying to figure out what it means to me. So hello from Australia. And a sincere heartfelt ‘well done’ for replying to the great array’ of comments people have left here.

    Regard. Jen

    • Hello Jennifer:

      I’m sorry that I have not replied sooner. Real life has been rather hectic lately and I’ve not had the time I like to devote to this blog and answering comments.

      Thank you for commenting. I have not been able to read as much as I like about Dr. Attwood but I do understand how valuable his research, especially on women and girls on the spectrum, is. There is a definite lack of information and understanding about autistic girls and women and I’m glad Dr. Attwood and others authors such as Rudy Simone and Liane Holliday Willey are adding their knowledge to help fill in this lacuna. I have listened to a broadcast with Dr. Attwood as guest on the Autism Women’s Network Blog Talk Radio station so I have some sense of how he is but I am curious to know what your experiences were.

      Thank you also for the vote of confidence in and the sharing of this blog. I write from the United States as you know but networks of information and sharing are invaluable to the online autistic community, especially us women. I have met a few female Aspies in real life but even not that many here in Central Ohio, so my primary way of connecting with other Aspies is the interwebs.

      “Aspie in the City” was certainly a touchstone for me too. When I read Kirana’s story, I recognised a little of myself and my own experiences. I have also built up ways of being to navigate the world — shops, driving, the workplace, and so forth. My way of being and the image I present to the world has been a result of trial and error, but there are times I feel a little bit of guilt, especially if my heart if not in it and I am doing too much mimicry.

      I look forward to connecting with more women on the spectrum as time moves on. We who blog are trying to share our stories and figure out what Asperger’s and autism mean to us. Thank you for the hello and the sincere compliments and I hope to see you around again soon.

      -Nicole

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