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  1. Interested in information on funding my entrepreneurship endeavor as an older adult (see Integrated Methodology & Mentoring on LinkedIn). Particularly looking for hands-on help with website development and funding for other sources I have already encountered.

  2. says: MaryLou Gelblum

    I am guardian of my sister who has autism and IDD. She loves to write and color with markers. Do you hold an annual competition? I would love to submit something of hers. She would be thrilled just to get notification that you had received it!

    1. says: admin

      Our next contest will be a partnership with Mainly Mozart for music-based themes and abstract art. Look forward to your sister’s submission.

  3. says: JOSEPH NANCE

    On September 25, 2018 my daughter Cecilia, which is 6 years old with Autism and has an IEP and is known to be a wanderer, left out the front doors of her school unnoticed and walked .7 of a mile home, to get home she had to cross a busy 4 lane Rd at 3:00 pm.

    It started with the teacher giving her a bathroom pass. After going to the bathroom she went towards the office instead of back to class. Mind you the office is walls are glass and they should have seen my daughter. She stood at the first set of doors for about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes turned around and looked as if she was going back towards class. But instead she turned around and went back to the doors, went out that set and stood at the second set of doors for about a minute. She then walked out that set and walked home. My husband was walking out of the house to pick her and our younger child from school and here she was walking up the sidewalk. My husband immediately went up to the school to find how she got out of the school unnoticed. The teacher gave a couple different excuses and really couldn’t tell us why she was forgotten and no one knew she was gone. She said she had another child going home and figured me and my husband picked her up, next she said I figured one of her therapist took her for one of her sessions, but did not verify where she was the 30 minutes she was not there. Then the principal said she could not understand how it could have happened but to look at the bigger picture “at least she made it home safe”. We know she made it home safe but how did she get out of the school when she went right past the office that anyone could have seen her walk out of. No one wants to help us make them accountable for their actions. My husband is an emotional wreck, we don’t have any money, and just seems no one cares. We put a safety plan in action with the school to where an adult is supposed to be with her in the halls, but that is not being followed. And they have put a bright colored belt on her for recess. We are not asking for money, we just want someone to be held accountable for what happened.

    This does not include what happened to another Autistic child in these schools!

    Below I have put a couple of links to show what is happening to our children here in Columbus City Schools!

    This is the video about our daughter!

    The second incident

    If there is any way you could help or give us information you can e-mail me back it would much appreciated!


  4. says: Mariette

    I am shocked – most of the categories and descriptions fit me… I am 35. Finally I think I understand my behavious, at home and at work. But what now? How do I make the best of it? Do I need to break it to my employer? (My work is hell…) And what do I do for my toddler? How do I make sure she possibly does not succumb to the hurt that we” feel”?

  5. Hello!

    My name is Justine and I’m passionate about health and well-being, and have always advocated for a positive and healthy lifestyle that improves physical and mental wellness. I am now a part of Made by Hemp, a small Michigan-based company dedicated to helping others improve their well-being through quality CBD hemp oil supplements and products, and providing the education that people need to make informed choices.

    I work closely with our editorial team and I actively look for possible partners we hope to collaborate with. I came across your site and went through your articles, and I feel like our content is something both our audiences would appreciate. You can take a look at one of our articles here:

    10 Mental Health Habits to Try This 2019

    I wanted to get in touch with you to see if we can work on a project that can help with the promotion of both of our sites. We could send you links to our articles, which we hope you could publish on your site, and in return, we could promote yours by sharing it with our Twitter subscribers. It can be a link to any of your articles or webpage, or an announcement or promotion that you would like to push.

    Please do let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll be happy to discuss it further with you. I believe this partnership will bring value to both our audiences.

    Thanks for your time and looking forward to hearing from you.


  6. says: Cornelia


    Hello There,

    I am a television producer working on a one hour documentary about creativity and autism. Would it be possible to speak with a member of the board through a private message?

    Is there an email or phone number I can contact?

    Many thanks,


  7. says: Jerome


    I entered a competition at Suffolk University, where we get to choose a non-profit to donate funds to. I selected yours, but the university are asking for a copy of you w-9, would it be possible for you to send that to me?

  8. Hi, my name is Warren Woodhouse and I have Autism (ADHD, Asperger) and I also have other many complex genetic conditions too.

    I’m currently 29 years old and I love playing on video games, making music, playing on my guitar, writing posts on my blog, taking photos, making videos, making art, making GIFs and other stuff.

    My artwork is available at

    If you want, my videos are available at

    I also create maps featuring locations from films, video games, tv shows, etc.

    I love all forms of craft.

  9. says: Sue Cohen

    Hi- I am an artist and educator living in Ventura County, CA. In a former life I was the southern New Mexico director of Very Special Arts, and ran hundreds of art programs and exhibits for people of different abilities and challenges- ages 17-adult. We held programs in painting, sculpting, printmaking, quilting, drama, and Ballet Folklorico bringing in professional artists, college age art, theatre, and education students, along side with members of the community to play, learn, and create together. I also created and ran the programs, wrote grants, found the volunteers and guest artists, and purchased supplies. Your wonderful program sounds so similar even though it targets those on the spectrum. In fact one of my current private students is a 17 year old boy with Autism, bringing happiness to both of us, and challenging me in a way I haven’t been for close to 30 years!
    Do you have any programs or volunteer opportunities in my area? (It’s Moorpark.) I’d love to be able to help in any way, as an artist, planner, or just about any other way you can think of- I just would prefer to not go further south than The Valley, or more northern than Ventura:) I was thrilled when my student’s mother mentioned your organization and have been wandering through your website and links for hours. I’d love to hear from someone to let me know what I can do! And congratulations on running such a lovely program!

  10. says: Myles Davis

    Hello, I am contacting this site because I am part of a discord server for autism called teens with Autism official. We want to meet each other in person but a lot of the members do not have enough money to do this. I’m not sure if you can help with this, but if you can, please respond to this comment or join the server from disboard.

  11. says: Amelia

    Hi 🙂

    I’m writing to you from and we think chess is a great activity for kids, with and without Autism!  We know some really prominent educators that tell us that many of their students with Autism really thrive at the game.  It’s helped them learn to focus and really build confidence, analysis skills, fine motor skills, and more!  

    We’re hoping we could connect with you to explore ideas for how we can help engage members of the Autistic community.  One of our goals is to raise awareness of chess as a powerful learning activity for kids, and we’d love a chance to give some members of your audience complimentary memberships to  

    Is there any chance we can have a discussion about this?  

    Warm Regards,
    Amelia A., M.A.
    ChessKid.Com Support and Social Outreach

    PS – ChessKid is the #1 site in the world for kids to have fun safely learning the game of chess.  

  12. Hi my name is Denns, based in the UK, and I am writing to enquire if it would be possible to make a research visit from UK to US to meet founders or core members of the Art of Autism project later this year. This is because I have been short-listed for the Winston Churchill Fellowship for funding for travel, to research the feasibility of setting up a social enterprise around games design, for myself and others who have autism. Its social aim is to raise awareness about issues faced by people who have autism and other learning differences. The idea is both to create video games and to run autism-friendly gaming events.

    I am very impressed with what I can see of the Art of Autism as an organisation that networks with autistic artists and writers and collaborates with other related arts projects. I appreciate its aim of encouraging people with autism into work that takes advantage of their talents in the field of arts.
    By visiting its founders, I hope to learn more about how to use networking with autistic people with particular skills sets. I can learn from your ideas and good practice for turning autistic people’s skills into paid work. I am also very interested to explore how games design can become more accepted as an art form alongside more traditional forms. I can see that some of the network’s members have focussed on games and film and I would hope also to make contact with them as part of my research visit.

    I want to learn good practices for teamwork and support for autism-led enterprises. The initial game I am working on is a medieval fantasy visual novel. Its story is themed around challenges in job searching and work environments for those with autism and other conditions. The group making the game which I lead is made up of several people. I myself have autism as well as the majority of my team. I’m the only one on team who has a games-related degree.
    Would it be possible to visit you if I were successful in my funding bid?

    To give you the context to what I’m proposing, here’s the link to the funding stream that I am bidding to:

    Here is also a link to the work of the group that is hosting our developing enterprise idea:
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    I would also appreciate contact details for someone from the Board of Art of Autism. Many thanks.

  13. says: Meghan

    Hi! I am looking to source a digital design from an artist on the spectrum to use in an autism awareness campaign. Are you able to point me in the direction of your graphic designers, or artists that do digital art?

    Thank you!

  14. says: Stephen

    I don’t understand this website. Could someone help me?

    I don’t know if I’m autistic; certainly I have Klinefelter Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder where a person having it reportedly has a 1 in 4 chance of also being ASD. I’m in the process of being referred/getting a diagnosis. In the meantime people who probably don’t know any better tell me my artwork “looks autistic”, whatever that means. I still don’t know if they’re encouraging me or having a joke at my expense.

    Until Covid-19 came along I had hobbies that had nothing to do with drawing. Since the lockdowns begam I’ve discovered I have a talent for drawing abstracts. I’d like to post the ones I’ve done for some criticism and feedback, but I don’t understand what i need to do to submit anything and I’m not sure if, sans diagnosis, I qualify to post here at all. Can anyone help me to sort this out?

    1. says: Lindsay

      It sounds like you are probably a very gifted, detail-oriented artist, and people tossed around the word “autistic” to describe things that it doesn’t necessarily make sense to describe. But that’s probably what they meant, used in that context. You could be autistic, which would be an awesome superpower, because it honestly is. Or maybe you aren’t autistic, getting a neuropsych evaluation, would be able to give you that information but either way, it sounds like you’re a really good artist!

  15. Hello! My name is Christa. My son, Ezra, is 7 and he has Autism. He created a character and has helped to write a book about Audie the Giraffe. Audie is different than others, but in Audie Embraces Different, he learns that everyone is uniquely made. We’d love if you’d check out our page, and help us raise awareness for this book! Please contact us if you have any other questions.

  16. Hi,

    My name is Barry James Archer know as the highly respected super producer 2dkaos and now aslo Vocalist ETN.

    I was formally know as Kyza when a was producing and affiliated with Sidewinders Group HIGHRISE ENT.

    I reached a high level of Sucess including being headhunted by Shady Records Publicist Melissa Sera Cryer and I was also co-signed by The Legendary Cool V.

    I took a break from music in 2012 due to health and music business pressure and lack of understanding, only to find out and to be late diagnosed with ADHD Autism Savant. now I’m recovered I want my title back and to finish what I started achieving.

    2020 I have official releases coming but for now here I a secret mixtape leak with me showing my Vocal skills and views on Hip Hop and Life.

    there are also links to some of my previous work too as a Producer.

  17. says: Rose

    Hi. I really loved the article written by Hannah Sumrall on her experiences being bullied. I’m also friendly, autistic and have some of her interests. I love long walks in nature and writing fiction and non-fiction. I was wondering if it’s hard to speak in public. I was hoping I could contact her to talk to her and be online friends. I read you often get requests for direct contact between people and will forward those messages to the authors. I would appreciate it if you would do the same for me. Thank you so much!

    1. says: Elham

      I am Murad’s mother, a 17-year-old child with autism, and we fled the war in Yemen to Egypt, but there is no interest in a refugee child. My child loves to draw, and draw with a computer illustrator, and also makes designs from plastic and likes to mix colors, oil and water. He sees a world other than ours, a wonderful art world. I hope to find someone who cares for my child and also publish his drawings and designs

      My name is Elham

  18. says: Julia Lena

    Hi, I’m an autistic artist and I would love to be featured on your page but I can’t find out how I can sign up to be featured. I post a lot of my art on my instagram how can I contact you to be featured on your page? Thank you so much in advance

  19. says: Christina Alice Hart

    Hi, my name is Christina Hart. I’m an artist and I have autism. I’m currently working on my third painting. I love to create my own paintings. My favorite artist is Vincent VanGogh, he was a Dutch painter from Europe. My favorite painting by Vincent VanGogh is called “Starry Night.” I’m planning to create, exhibit, and sell my own paintings. I will create an art portfolio of my paintings, and I’ll have a website that I will also build. I’m planning to organize, and host 20+ art shows in Honolulu, Hawaii exhibiting and selling my paintings to the people of Hawaii and to the tourists who go there too. I live in California. I’m going to an art exhibition event of Vicent VanGogh and his paintings in San Francisco, California this spring in April 2021 of this year. I’m interested in submitting my paintings to The Art of Autism so you can post my paintings on your social media pages. I will follow The Art of Austim on social media. I went on a trip to Hawaii in 2012. Please leave me some likes and comments, I look forward to submitting my paintings to The Art of Autism and working with you too as an artist. I will treat my art shows in Honolulu, Hawaii as a small business in the form of an LLC.

  20. says: T. J. Harper


    My name is T. J. Harper and for 10 years, I was fortunate to work with Michael Kregler at Providence College in Providence, RI. Mike and his son, Joseph Celio were featured on your site on June 14, 2018 in an article entitled: “Into Your World: Composer Dad Writes Choral Composition About Neurodiversity”. Earlier that same year, Mike brought this new composition to me which he had created inspired by his son, Joseph Celio who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2017. I was honored to premiere this composition with the choir from Providence College.

    Currently, I teach at a new institution on the west coast and was planning to program this work for our spring concert. Introducing this song and its inspiration to the choir was fine until we began to discuss the movements and sounds Mike has incorporated into the song that replicate similar actions by Joseph Celio in 2017/18. At this point, my students expressed concern about offending those with autism and their families, as well as appearing insensitive.

    I have received permission from Mike to omit these aspects of the composition, but I hoped to learn more from your perspective as to the relative appropriateness of even programming this work in the first place. I certainly don’t want to offend anyone or minimize the challenges associated with this disorder. Thank you in advance for any thoughts you may have about my concerns.


    T. J. Harper

  21. says: David Clay

    Hello. I am at a loss of understanding. My son was diagnosed as on the spectrum and always was a high achiever in writing and struggles with math. He is a mini me. I have complex PTSD and autistic characteristics. My wife and my son’s mother tell me you are autistic just like your son. I am not ashamed, I would just like some answers. I am an open book and have tried to open doors for people like me hoping to find a connection. I feel like an alien living in an alien world. Please see my art and writing earth_dog @instagram on PTSD, MENTAL HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY. A LIFETIME OF STRUGGLE with no understanding age 51 and my son 14. Is it necessary for a diagnosis? I think it would help me comprehend my existence. Please help. Sincerely Dave Clay. Contact info on Instagram earth_dog. Thank You

  22. says: GenXMoMtoGenZ

    When my son was diagnosed with autism, I began to notice that I was like him in many ways when I was a child. The Unofficial Checklist for Females with Austism by Samantha Craft was amazing and I so relate. While I have taught myself some things and learned the hard way on others, many of those items on the list still apply to me!

  23. says: Juan Berrocal Alonso

    Hi Rebecca, my name is Juan I am Autistic myself and I live in London. I am originally from Barcelona, Spain. I moved to the UK in 2011. I just wanted to get in touch to let you know your Spanish version of the “Understand the spectrum” comic has a few linguistic errors. Please get in touch if you’d like me to help you to fix them.

  24. says: Krys

    I am a Children’s librarian, performance artist, and proud mama to a gorgeous autistic daughter. I looking to support nonprofits who serve our neurodiverse community. Are you hiring for any positions?

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