Authors/Speakers on the Autism Spectrum - first person accounts

If you truly want to understand autism, you must listen to what people on the spectrum are saying about themselves, their life experiences and the diagnosis. Here’s some names and links to start you off (these are only a few of the many people with autism who are now speaking out):

Dr Temple Grandin was one of the first people to give an inside perspective on the autism spectrum. She is a high profile author, speaker and advocate in the world of autism, and has had a movie made about her life. I would highly recommend you read her books and listen to her speak. Her website is

John Elder Robison is another well-known author, speaker and advocate in the autism world. He was diagnosed with autism later in life (around age 40) and since then has been on a journey of discovery about himself and others who share his diagnosis. He is an author you should read and his in-person talks are great. He says: “I believe those of us with Asperger’s are here for a reason, and we have much to offer.” His website is

Stephen Shore: author, speaker, advocate  find him at

Lianne Holiday Willey: author, speaker, educator … find her at

Donna Williams: author, artist, autism consultant … find her at

Ari Ne’eman is the president and co-founder of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), and advocacy organization run by and for autistic adults with the motto “Nothing about us without us”.

© Sheila Bell, Speech-Language Pathologist, “Autism and the Art of Communication” ~ 2015