New Series: Interviews with Autistics

New Series- Interviews with Autistics

We are three years into International Autism Acceptance Decade, 2010-2020! To further the reach of the “IAAD” effort, I am going to do a series of interviews with Autistic people, especially people who do not often get public attention in the “autism world” or even in the “Autistic world.” The interviews will be posted on the Autism Acceptance Day blog at 

This series is going to be loosely focused on Autism ACCEPTANCE* but will also give a chance for people to say what is most important to them. More than that, these interviews are a way for Autistics to talk about our experiences, getting to know one another and broadening our community interactions. I am particularly interested in interviewing people who are not “the regulars” in public conversations about autism. **

Our focus audience is other Autistic people, but the general public (that part of it that reads autism-related things) will also be reading. Autistic children might read your interview and learn something about themselves or feel less alone in the world; Autistic adults might find validation of their experience and feelings.

Please write to me at pdurbinwestby at gmail dot com and we will work out the best way for us to do interviews. The easiest for me is emails back and forth. Then comes IM of various types, and finally, phone interviews. 

Currently the blog gets several hundred hits a day and reaches out past the usual forums and Facebook, according to my blog stats. On a high-volume day, like April 2 (!) I get several thousand hits. Let’s get to know each other a bit and put out your thoughts to the world!

Interviews are expected to be posted over the next few months. We are halfway through April and I also have a list of blog posts that will be coming out as well. This is a long-term project, perhaps spanning the entire International Autism Acceptance Decade.

* I will not be taking submissions from Autistics who hate autism. Apologies for that limitation, but the focus of the International Autism Acceptance  Decade is the acceptance and embracing of autism. I am only interviewing Autistic people for this series.

**You must be at least 18 to be interviewed here. This avoids someone's parent getting annoyed because I interviewed someone who is legally a minor. Thank you.

List of interviewees. This list will be updated every time a new interview is posted.

Lei Wiley-Mydske  
Lisa Richard
Jim Clewell
Sara Gardner
Amy Alward
Joel Smith
Liegh Erin Ward
Vera Didenko
Ben's interview
Bill Peters 
Brandy Nightingale
Kiley Quinn
Michael Forbes Wilcox
Susan Elizabeth Spann
Interview with Gary

Kelly J.

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