A Collection of Academic Literature
Emma Dalmayne is an autistic, neurodivergent, and disabled activist from London, UK. She is the CEO of Autistic Inclusive Meets Group: AIM. Emma also is the Publicity & Communications Officer at Neurodivergent Labour. She has been published in a few books, including 'Susie Spins' and It's an 'Autism Thing-- I'll Help You Understand.' Emma's organization site can be found below.
Neurocosmopolitanism: Nick Walker is a neurodivergent, queer, autistic scholar, speaker, and author of speculative fiction and nonfiction. Nick teaches psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and aikido at the Aikido Shusekai dojo in Berkeley, California. Nick co-created the concepts of neuro-queering, the neurodiversity paradigm, and has published work on Neurodiversity.
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is a group of SLTs, PTs, and Ots that value the neurodiversity paradigm and implementing neurodiversity into the practice of Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Unlike a non-autistic led therapy nonprofit, the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is run by Neurodivergent folks. More information about their work can be found below.
The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
TPGA was created and started by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, who's son Leo is autistic and non-speaking. It is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving research, educating parents and professionals, as well as others on Autism. TPGA is run by many others, and more about their site can be found below. TPGA's book can be found on Amazon, and other sites that are selling the book.
Neurodiversity for Music Therapists
A continuing music therapy education course led by CJ Shiloh and Jessica Leza. Other authors that are contributing to some of it include Lindsay Mohler, who is a part of Fierce Autistics and Allies, as well as others. The CMTE course will be a total of 5 hours and is going to be in 2 formats: audiobook and ebooks (two). The course itself will be free to American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) members only. The course is not finished yet but will be available before 2021. The course also will provide extra resources, and online training to address implicit bias.
Jessica is a neurodivergent and autistic board certified music therapist from Texas. She is a co-leader and co-author of a continuing music therapy ed course, and is working on research. She has been interviewed in podcasts, and was a former ABA Line Therapist, yet; however, once she realized how harmful ABA was, she left the job and continued her therapy career elsewhere. Jessica has her own site filled with songs she's written that represent neurodiversity and autism. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of North Texas, and has received additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy. Jessica was also published in a chapter of Damian Milton's book, 'The Neurodiversity Reader'. You may find her site below in the link.
Michael Bakan, Ph.D., is a neurodivergent and autistic Music Ethnocologist and is from Florida. He teaches Music Ethnocology and Music at Florida State University. His research and work is widely known and he has also been published in books. He was recently published in a book, titled 'Music and Autism', this fall, 2020. Bakan's work can be found in the link below.
Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer in Massachusetts. Their work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They are very well-known in the community. Lydia's site is filled with many resources in the link below. Lydia works for The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network as well.
Alice is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, and a co-partner in four projects she continues to work on. She published a book called Disability Visibility this year in 2020. More information about Alice's projects can be found on the link above, and her website, Disability Visibility Project, is also below.
Kieran Rose is from the UK. He is a Consultant, Trainer, International Public Speaker and #ActuallyAutistic campaigner for Autistic Rights, advocating acceptance for Autistic people. He also is one of the co-founders of The Autistic Cooperative, is on the board for the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, and runs his own nonprofit in the UK, called Infinite Autism. More about Kieran's work can be found below in the link. Kieran Rose runs a blog called The Autistic Advocate.
Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights, and human rights. She works for the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, and writes poetry. Amy has published work for Ollibean as well as the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. Amy was co-authored with Michael Bakan in the book, 'Music and Autism'. Amy also was published in the book, 'Typed Words, Loud Voices'. More information about Amy's work can be found in the link below on AWN's Site.
Elizabeth Grace is a disabled educator, and has been published in two books: 'Typed Words, Loud Voices' and 'Music And Autism'. Elizabeth is an autistic and neurodivergent professor, parent, social activist, and singer as well. One of her blog accounts can be found here. Her interview with TPGA (Thinking Person's Guide to Autism) can be found here. Her WordPress blog account can be found below in the link.
Dora M Raymaker, Ph.D., is from Oregon and is a Research Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute for Human Services in the School of Social Work, co-director of the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), and the associate editor of the journal “Autism in Adulthood.” Dora has been published in a book, titled, 'Hoshi and the Red City Circuit', and her website can be found below.
Damian Milton, Ph.D., is an autistic and neurodivergent researcher from the UK. His biggest work most recently published is 'The Neurodiversity Reader', which was published in 2020. Milton's most well-known research article is titled: "On the ontological status of autism: the ‘double empathy problem", which can be found here. More about Damian Milton and his work can be found in the link below. Other books published by him are: 'Ten Rules for Ensuring People with Learning Disabilities and Those Who Are on the Autism Spectrum Develop 'challenging Behaviour': And Maybe What to Do about It', 'A Mismatch of Salience: Explorations of the Nature of Autism from Theory to Practice', and 'Ten Rules for Ensuring Miscommunication When Working with Autistic People and People with Learning Disabilities: ... and Maybe What to Do about It'.
Steven Kapp, Ph.D., is from the United Kingdom, and is an autistic and neurodivergent researcher. He was published in a book titled: 'Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement'. He also has published many research articles. More work can be found through the link below.
Sue Fletcher-Watson, Catherine Crompton, Francesca Happé
These three women are allies but have been publishing fantastic work and deserve recognition for it. Sue and Catherine work at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Francesca works at King's College London in the UK. All three have published a lot of ethical, equitable work for autistic people all over the world. Susan Fletcher-Watson's work can be found here, Catherine Crompton's work can be found here, and Francesca Happé's work can be found here. Sue Fletcher-Watson and Francesca Happé both published a book together, titled: 'Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate'. More information can be found about them in the links above. They did an interview of 'Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate with Shannon Rosa in the link below.
Ann Memmott, PGC, is an autistic disability advocate who lives in the UK. Ann is an autism professional, national and international speaker, getting her Post Graduate Certificate - autism. She has her associate, and works at AT-Autism and NDTi with 20 years of working alongside autistic people. Ann is currently working with NHS teams as an external adviser. Her previous work was as a charity Trustee and School Governor, and she is a MD of a national Professional Practice with 30 years of experience.
Alfie is from the Boston area, and writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of many books and hundreds of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Alfie has published 14 books so far about autism, education, and unschooling. Alfie has heavily criticized Applied Behavioral Analysis, and encourages compassion when working with autistic children. More information about his work can be found in the link below.
Maxfield Sparrow is an autistic advocate who travels the Northern United States. Maxfield is transmasculine and a speaker and writer. Maxfield recently edited an anthology, Spectrums: Autistic Transgender People in Their Own Words (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020). The ABCs of Autism Acceptance (Autonomous Press, 2016) is an exploration of neurodiversity, acceptance, and Autistic culture in 26 chapters. Maxfield has been interviewed by folks like Steve Silberman through TPGA, and has been advocating for a while. More about Maxfield's work can be found below in the link.
Evaleen is from Ireland and runs a nonprofit called Ausome Training that is located in Ireland. She is an autistic parent and an autistic advocate, as well as an educator and consultant and trainer. Evaleen got her experience from marketing and business school degrees, and helps host the Ausome Conference every year. More information about her and her work can be found below in the link.
John Greally is an autistic activist, advocate, and from New Zealand. He co-founded Âûtistic Spectrum New Zealand and Âûtistic Union (Âû). He also worked with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network NZ chapter formerly, and currently is involved with The Autistic Cooperative (TAC), and is a co-founder of TAC. More of his work can be found below. He co-runs a Facebook group with Emma Dalmayne, titled 'Autism Inclusivity.'
Steve Silberman got his psychology degree from Oberlin College, and his master's at Berkley for an English degree. His most well-known publication and book is 'NeuroTribes', and he has been interviewed and published in many news articles, and has been done TED Talks. Steve is a compassionate and empathetic ally to the autistic community. Steve is a well-known advocate and also has won multiple awards. More information about his work can be found below in the link.
Dr. Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., is an American scientist, pediatrician, and advocate in the fields of global health, vaccines, and tropical disease. He studied Molecular Biophysics at Yale University, Molecular Parasitology at The Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medicine. He published a book, titled: "Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism", and is a fantastic ally, as well as a parent. More of his books and work can be found here.
Grace Thompson, Beth Pickard
These two women are board certified music therapists and are allies. They've been published in different journals. The most recent article they published together, alongside a few other authors was published in Voices: '“It’s Not What’s Done, But Why It’s Done”: Music Therapists’ Understanding of Normalisation, Maximisation and the Neurodiversity Movement'. Grace Thompson, MT-BC, Ph.D., completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and is from Australia. Beth Pickard. MT-BC, MA, MSc, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales in the UK, and is from the UK. More information about Beth can be found here. More information about Grace can be found here. An Interview with Beth and others can be found below in a manuscript, titled: 'The Neurodiversity Movement Invites Us to Consider Why We Work the Way Do as Music Therapists.'
Julia is the current Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in Washington, D.C. and is from New Hampshire. Julia edited 'Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking', an anthology of writings by autistic people, and currently serves on the advisory board of Felicity House, the board of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and the board of Allies For Independence. She has been in many news articles, and also has a strong background in public speaking. More information about Julia can be found in the link below.
Ari is the co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in Washington, D.C.
Sharon daVanport is the founder and the executive director of The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. They are a disabled advocate, speaker, and are a leader. Sharon is passionate about access to sexual and reproductive health care, support and advocacy for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, gender and racial equity and justice in disability rights organizations, and leadership of disabled people in multiple marginalized communities. More information about Sharon can be found in the link below.