WELCOME TO YOUR HOME FOR AUTISM AND THE AUTISTIC LIFE
Thanks for finding your way to our humble corner of the autism community. We aim to facilitate encouragement, support, and education through connections with others who feel as passionately as we do about accepting and valuing everyone equally, including those who are autistic and other Neurodivergent individuals.
Not Weird Just Autistic is my creation to celebrate autism and neurodiversity and becoming a self-advocate.
I was diagnosed at age 46 and walked out of my psychologist's office and thought, "I'm not weird. Just autistic." I didn't know it at the time, but that phrase would shape the next chapter in my life.
Since turning to self-advocacy I've been lucky enough to meet and become friends with other amazing self-advocates and has many opportunities I thought he would never have. I write not only for the Not Weird Just Autistic blog but am also a regular contributor to The Mighty and to Different Brains. I've also been blessed with the opportunity to speak at the Missouri State Capitol to 1,500 advocates and self-advocates and to almost 4,000 via Zoom.
In late May or early June of 2021 I will be starting a podcast on Different Brains, Examining Neurodiversity, with my knowledgeable and personable co-host the one and only Neurodivergent Rebel--Lyric Holmans. Stay tuned for more info!