We heavily emphasize networking in Expandability’s Autism Advantage program, but we do so from an autistic frame. The more connections that an individual makes through networks, the more opportunities for success there will be. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to network the same way.
There’s a misconception that autistic people aren’t good at networking. If that were true, most of the internet would collapse. People just network differently. Online networking can be essential to creating connections, friendships, securing resources and information, and developing careers. Below is a thumbnail guide of autistic interactions on social media that we have found helpful. We’d love additional input as well from you so that this list can be even more informed. That’s sort of the point of networking, right?
Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Twitter – Facebook – YouTube
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. It has local chapters all across the country. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community run by and for autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power.
Autism Women’s Network – Facebook – Twitter
The Autism Women’s Network is an excellent way for autistic women to connect. The goal of the network is to dispel stereotypes and misinformation which perpetuate unnecessary fears surrounding an autism diagnosis. The Autistic Women’s Network seeks to share information which works to build acceptance and understanding of disability.
Publications & Communities
The Autism Wars
Mrs. Kerima Çevik is curently a blogger for disabilty rights, autistic inclusion, accommodation, communication rights, and representation. A parent activist, editor and contributing writer who consults on Autism and Ethnicity, she blogs on topics of critical race, intersectionality, autism and social justice.
NOS Magazine – Twitter – Facebook
NOS Magazine is a news and commentary source for thought and analysis about neurodiversity culture and representation. Expect long form journalism, reviews of pop culture, and more. NOS stands for ‘Not Otherwise Specified,’ a tongue-in-cheek reference to when a condition does not strictly fit the diagnostic criteria, or is in some way out of the ordinary.
Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism – Twitter – Facebook
A website and community where autistic people, their family members, and friends communicate. It provides clear information on autism and connections to resources. It features the contributions of many autistic individuals.
Wrong Planet – YouTube
Wrong Planet is the largest online community of autistic adults. Wrong Planet provides a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more.
Autistic Figures on Social Media
Dan Aykroyd – Facebook – Twitter
Akyroyd’s specialized interest in the career of an obscure German ghost hunter eventually led him to create Ghostbusters. Aykroyd is well known for various movies and his work on Saturday Night Live. Aykroyd’s specialized interest in law enforcement led him to become a volunteer law enforcement officer as an adult, which he continues to serve as today.
Daryl Hannah – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram
Daryl Hannah is one of the most successful actresses of the past several decades. Hannah notes that when she was young, doctors recommended that she be institutionalized due to her being autistic. Hannah’s mother fought for her independence and created a space where Hannah’s specialized interest in classic films eventually led her to a career in Hollywood.
John Howard – Facebook
Howard is a successful mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete who received an autism diagnosis in the middle of his career.
Ladyhawke – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – YouTube
The New Zealand rock star Ladyhawke has become popular in both Europe and the United States as well. Now living in California, Ladyhawke continues to be celebrated for her musical ability.
Clay Marzo – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – YouTube
Clay Marzo is a professional surfer known for his trick moves and connection with water. Marzo has noted that his autism allows him to “feel the water” in ways that competitors often cannot.
Autistico is a group where autistic people can share advice and opinions, chat, debate and get to know each other. This means that this group is exclusively for autistic people. It is a closed Facebook group. Autistic individuals may request to join.
Autistix is a group for autistic people to share information. It is open only to autistic individuals. It is a closed Facebook group. Autistic individuals may request to join.
Websites & Blogs
Autistic Hoya – Twitter – Facebook – YouTube
Lydia X. Z. Brown is a writer, educator, organizer, and speaker. Since 2011, I have blogged on autism, disability activism, and social justice at Autistic Hoya
With a Smooth Round Stone
The writings of an award-winning autistic author.
Always Lauren Toy Collector Vlogs with Autism
A young autistic woman blogs about her hobby of toy collection.
The Antique Autistic
A self described “autistic senior citizen” vlogs to give advice to younger autistic people. Vlogs also include descriptions of her life as well as her participation in an effort to establish an autistic homesteading community.
Aspergers from the Inside
An autistic Australian man vlogs about his experiences with autism.
James is young, autistic British man who talks about his life, his experiences including dating and family, and things which interest him.
A young autistic man vlogs about video games.
Autistic Genius – Twitter – Facebook
A video blog from a young British autistic man on various aspects of autism including reviews of fidget tools, workplace navigation, and daily life. Note: As of this summer, Autistic Genius has moved most videos to Facebook. Videos are occasionally cross-posted on the YouTube platform.
Autism Live – Facebook – Twitter
Autism Live is a free resource for the Autism community and the world at large. With live broadcasts on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays and free podcasts on YouTube, iTunes and Roku, Autism Live provides information, resources, hope and inspiration to help autistic individuals achieve progress in areas that are important to them.
An autistic writer and poet shares creative works and discusses life.
An autistic woman named Marliegh vlogs about her life and her love of anime.
The Autistic Tourist
A young autistic man vlogs about his travels.
A vlog of an autistic man who has had more than 50 years of experience living life as autistic. He notes “Life on the autism spectrum has both joys and challenges. My videos attempt to help us maximize the joys so autistic people can better manage their life challenges.”
Matt Glumac: The Autistic Golfer
An autistic golfer vlogs about golf.
A young man vlogs about life as autistic.
Twitter Hashtags & Handles
#AutisticsInAcademia – A twitter hashtag for autistic individuals in academia.
#AutChat – A Twitter hashtag for particular autistic twitter chats.
#ActuallyAutistic – A hashtag often used on Twitter by autistic individuals.
#Neurodiversity – A Twitter hashtag often used to discuss autism.
The Twitter accound of AASCEND in San Francisco.
Stage manager of new plays and semi-professional coffee shop lurker.
Writer & advocate for disability justice, #LGBTQ rights, racial justice, education. Disability studies academic.
Neurocritic. Person. Unschool grad. Disability, autism, fiction, research, homeschooling. Clarion West 2016.
Stunt typist. socially inert. articles on autism, depression.
Equipping, engaging, guiding Autistic individuals – preparing them for successful careers and lives.
Senior Editor, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. +1 = maps + cephalopods.
Autistic activist. Non-compliant. Non-normative. Non-conforming. Disabled and proud.
Writers, bloggers, Public Speakers. Emma’s a patient teacher to a Mom who’s a slow learner.
Hey! Our friend Kenneth is riding his bike this July for 100 miles from Washington, DC to the Atlantic Ocean. He decided to do this on his own to raise awareness and funds to train autistic adults through Autism Advantage. We think that’s awesome and hope you do to. You can support his effort by clicking here. Check it out!