Submission Guidelines

The Art of Autism takes submissions of art work and poetry on a continuous basis. We update the website quarterly with art. We are now paying neurodivergent bloggers for posts. See our criteria here.

We look for guest bloggers on a variety of subjects including but not limited to:

1. First-hand accounts from autistic people
2. Articles on art, music, or poetry
3. Spirituality and autism
4. Transformative accounts
5. Special Education
6. Sibling Stories
7. Parent Stories
8. Stories about innovative programs
9. Profiles of autistic people
10. Advocacy articles
11. Articles about employment and transition
12. Topical human-interest stories
13. Book and movie reviews
14. First Person Mental health accounts
15. International and National month themes – see why April, May, September, October and November have important themes for us.

Our policy on articles about therapies

Articles on therapies that we post on the Art of Autism are articles that treat people with dignity and that are in alignment with our mission – such as music and art therapy, equestrian therapy, and therapies which empower the person to have control over their emotions and enhance their lives, such as social stories. We do not post articles that are about curing autism or about what caused a person’s autism, such as vaccine articles. We do post articles from autistic people about therapies they believe helped them.

What we don’t post

We do not publish blogs that use disempowering language or have ableist content. See our view on autism here.

Article Submission Guidelines

Articles should be 800 – 2000 words in .docx or .txt format and a head-shot of the writer and bio is required in a separate email. If the blog is about art please include samples of your art ready for publishing on the web properly named – the filename should include your name and the name of the piece of art. Photos should have the name of the person in the photo or a description of the photo. Please do not include photos, art and headshot as part of the text.

The benefit of posting your blog post on the Art of Autism is portfolio building, promotion, and the chance to be read by many people. The Art of Autism has received 1 million unique views in the last year. We average about 4000 views a day. Submissions and inquiries can be made to info @artautism.com. For those who don’t know the rules for email, we’ve posted email etiquette here.  We’ve also published 9 tips for writing engaging blogs.

Right to Decline Submissions

The Art of Autism has the right to decline any submission. 

Sponsored Posts

On occasion, The Art of Autism will post a blog from a sponsor. The blog posts we accept must follow the above considerations.  Our fee is $35 for a sponsored post.

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37 Comments

  • Hello,

    My name is Harris Baker and I am an associate at Glenmont Consulting and I’m looking for guest posting/collaborative opportunities for my client, Thread Learning.

    Thread Learning builds a data collection, analysis and coordinated care platform for autism education. Teachers, managers, parents, and students can all benefit from this approach.

    My team and I are extremely active in the ABA/Autism space and were recently highlighted in a Cornell Tech publication: http://bit.ly/2CxvacX. Our clients include BCBAs, Special Need Schools and data collection companies.

    I see you have suggested topics and submission guidelines which is wonderful, but I’m wondering if there’s anything specific you have in mind we can collaborate on.

    I look forward to your reply!

    • empowerment. wow! thats what my site is all about! im autistic. 27. and i build things for people cause i feel like im designed to be an uplifter for humans. after i nearly lost my life due to bullying and trauma ive been making it my goal to help others.

      https://chiperdilly.com
      https://chiperdilly.com/about.php
      https://www.facebook.com/thehellfireteam

      right now im designing power armor but i have a huge interest in art and music and all other things too. i have things i want to share with you all too. is there a way we can help others together? a referal to what i do from you all would be fantastic. im gonna compile an email with some of my art work and follow guidelines. please send me a shout! maybe see what i do?

  • Hounds of a Hell

    When the hounds of a hell are at your heels,
    Fear tripping up reason.
    It’s then easier to return to Plato’s Cave.
    I usually sit in the corner, the one often wearing a dunce cap.

    Alas, hope & a ride on the good luck dragon glimmer still,
    Heart & Choice sets thee FREE!
    Hold hands, hug, and rejoice in thanks.
    Grateful that Love helps all LIVE!

    Dear Fathers, gather round the bosom of Mother Earth.
    Love her like she’s truly yours to love. Respect her and she’ll return blessings indefinitely.

    – Bicentennial girl
    Ai-icia Page (honestly!)

    *a poem I wrote. I think in pictures and had a rather rough childhood and am trying to focus on using my sometimes volatile states (I even wear loud clothing, it calms me to make people uncomfortable. I feel akin to others who would go to the lengths of studying just enough various law to better grasp social understandings.) Unemployed and cannot pass those personality tests so prevalent these days. So, I write 🙂 Much is posted to my facebook page.

  • Hello , I’m Eduardo’s Mom , he has autism , he is 8 years old and he is an artistic boy , painting and drawing beautiful pictures that I’d like to share with you , thanks a lot

  • Hey all,
    I’m not here for myself, but for a friend of mine… let’s share a story.

    I met him about a year ago while I was running around as a steampunk pirate going to events and such.
    His name is Warren, autistic but so talented my brain actually started hurting. His story is a sad one, always bringing a smile to other people’s faces.
    Forever covering his face behind cosplay unless he was your friend.
    His facebook page will explain.
    https://www.facebook.com/StarRaccoonCosplay
    I would love to see him see that there is still love in the world and hope.
    Regards.

  • I’m an author with autism who has recently released a novel with a major character having autism. How can I go about having my book reviewed by your blog?

  • HI, I’m writing for my son, Matteo, who is a 15 year old autist. He has published a book called, Handbook of Us,. It is filled with amazing insight and offers unique perspectives into his unique life experiences…great for all parents/educators to read. Could we enter just one chapter or something? How does this work with books? He is also a poet and artist, so we’ll be submitting those to you as well.
    Thanks for all you are doing! This is a beautiful opportunity for the world. -Annette

  • I just learned last night that my son who is 19 years old has Aspergers. He was apparently diagnosed by a psychologist at his College about a year ago but has been afraid to tell me or his mom. He confided in my wife (his stepmom) who shared it with me on condition of my keeping of the secret. He’s very worried in particular about his stepdad who he respects a great deal and I think he may worry won’t be supportive?? In any case…

    Looking back at his childhood some things now make a bit more sense. He was way, way ahead of his classmates in first grade and would exhibit a lot of different nervous type reactions in social settings like flapping his hands. He was reading and doing math at a high level so they skipped him up to second grade.

    Even as a 2-3 year old he would obsessively organize his trains or cars. Now I see how this was kind of a marker. All through grade school he had a tough time socially etc. He had a much easier time in high school and once he got a more advanced sense of humor etc.

    He started having panic attacks a year and a half ago while counseling at a summer camp- in some tense social settings with co-workers who he wasn’t getting along well with.

    Now he’s back home after 3 semesters of school away from home.

    I found this out last night and now realize maybe I also have had slight autistic tendencies, especially while growing up. I never had any idea that this could have been what I was struggling with.

    I’ve always felt drawn to obsessively collect and organize things. I feel like I’m going to lose my marbles when there’s too much auditory stimulation going on around me. I had a super hard time socially when I was a kid. I do well now but still have a hard time understanding other people’s emotions some times.

    I took a few online quizzes today and I’m like “borderline” scores on two different tests.

    My son now has to look ahead to his life and figure out what he wants to do. I can’t let him know at this point but it would be great to get him started on seeking out some therapeutic help and (according to my wife) maybe something for his anxiety if needed or helpful.

    This is all very new to me.

  • Hi!
    Im a young girl with ADHD & Autisim! I’m really artistic and I want to share some of my artwork in this website. Can I get some help with this? As in, where do I send it and stuff? That would be really helpful! 🙂

  • Hello!

    I am interested in submitting an article as part of your paid blog program. I am autistic, and also do a great deal of pen-and-ink art. However, I saw that one of the criteria to get paid to post, is that I have to have a disability. Does my autism count as a disability? If not, does my ocd?

    Also, is there a limit to how much art I can submit? I want to raise awareness about autism in girls, and am thinking about drawing some pictures with the theme of “masking”.

    • We pay for original content (not published elsewhere) from those who are neurodivergent, which would include autistic people and those who have ocd. You can submit 3 or 4 .jpgs of your art to info@artautism.com. Thank you.

  • My son Siddharth ‘s first solo art exhibition is for a month between 23 March and 21 April 2019 at the Phoenix art centre , Brighton,England .UK

    Sid is a young man who has Autism,ADHD, speech and language impairment ,severe learning disability , epilepsy and challenging behaviours . Art is his passion and our joy! All are most welcome
    .
    This is the link to Siddharth’s Facebook art page .

    https://www.facebook.com/Siddharth-the-artist-280811339386308/

    Please do like, share and comment if possible.

    Thanks in advance ❤️

    Thanks in advance ! ❤️❤️

    https://www.facebook.com/Siddharth-the-artist-280811339386308/
    Siddharth’s exhibition … all welcome❤️❤️
    https://www.phoenixbrighton.org/exhibitions/

  • I’m so excited to have found this website! My son is 18 years old and autistic. He barely speaks but he understands and comprehends more than we know. He loves many things such as playing baseball with Miracle League, listening and singing to music but most of all he has learned to express himself through the art of abstract paintings that he calls “Splats”. Many years ago when in art class at school he came home with an amazing abstract painting that he did. His art teacher at that time talked to me during one of his IEP meetings and said something to the effect that Joshua had an innate talent for knowing about colors. I didn’t think much about it really until on his 18th birthday I decided to buy him some basic canvas boards and acrylic paints. He started painting and has created very interesting abstract paintings that many people say resemble Jackson Pollock’s work. I would love to have the opportunity to share some of Joshua’s creations here on this page! Thank you so much for your consideration! A very proud mom!

  • Hi, My name is Natalie. I was diagnosed with autism 2 years ago at the age of 19 after I had finished my first semester at college. I am a Studio Art and Religious Studies double major. I would love to be able to share some of my work with you.

  • Hello, I am writing in hopes of helping my very talented nephew . Thomas is 23 and going to be graduating May of 2020 from FIU. He is an english major and a marvelous writer. He has the love and support of a loving family and we want to find an avenue for him to publish his work. Could you please direct us . Thank you so much for this wonderful platform.

    • Hi Natalie: I was an art history major as well and I have worked with spectrum individuals before. I also studied outsider art, and would be curious to see what the nature of your work is!

  • Hi everyone:

    My name is Sofia Mochon-Ciniglio and I am a former art history student with deep knowledge of “outsider art” awareness artists with learning differences and ASD profiles. I am also in the process of working to become involved further with art therapy programs.
    I happen to be well acquainted with people who classify themselves as autistic artists or outsider artists, and I happen to find their output fascinating because they delve into details of matters and objects that much of the world often takes for granted. The main reason I admire artists on the autistic spectrum is because of this, and I personally believe nothing in this world should be taken for granted. Thank you so much for this network.

  • I also find the work of spectrum artists to be an amazing contribution to the art atmosphere because it focuses on ideas and detail that many take for granted, and I personally believe fewer things in life should be taken for granted.

  • Thanks to a County Council worker, an autistic man called Nathan was introduced to our local creative writing group in order to have his short story evaluated. It’s a 2500 word piece aimed at children. I’m bound to say that it was unconventional and rather peculiar, but it had a certain charm. There were infelicities in the use of language, but I offered to edit the story and Nathan agreed, so I did. He’s satisfied with the edited version and has asked me if there could be any possibility of publishing it.

    Never having worked with a (quite severely) autistic person before I couldn’t answer but I promised I’d try to find out. Please will you advise me? I’d like to help him further if I can.

  • Hello my name is Jennifer and Enzo is my brother. Enzo has autism and he is 22 years old. He currently attends community college and takes art classes because art is his passion. I would like to share his art with you. Thank you!

  • Hello Everyone!

    My name is Caitlin and I am an autistic graphic design major at Susquehanna University in PA. I have been doing digital art and poster projects for almost five years now and I will be graduating this December, hoping to achieve a career as a graphic designer (hopefully Broadway poster design). I occasionally post on my Behance, Facebook, and Instagram when I have some work ready and I hope you take the time to check out my work:

    Behance: http://www.behance.net/caitlinmeleski

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CaitlinMeleskiArtwork

    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/caitlinmeleskiartwork

  • My name is mariano bula,i am 30 years old, originally I was born in panama in central america but i do live in San Antonio, i was diagnosed as autistic at 2 years old but I believe that had it since birth and life growing up on the spectrum hasn’t been easy because i felt that i could have a great childhood like every other child but we all know that autism has many versions,from those that cant be able to functioned by themselves (lower-functioned) and the socially awkward yet intelligent individuals (higher-functioned/asperger’s) which is the reason why is it called a spectrum, as for me,even though that’s something that I had deal for a lifetime,i have to understand better and hard that god has put me on earth for reason and I have to accept the fact that the kind of mind that I have will give the ability to do something that a regular individual wont do and i that through speaking my truth will inspired someone just like me.

  • I would like to post as a guest blogger. I am Autistic, 41 years old, married to an Autistic male, and raising children who are Autistic. I could not find the link above to do so.

  • My name is Daniel Docherty. I am a 19 year old singer with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I reside in Ireland and I study psychology in Waterford Institute of Technology. People with ASD are not second class citizens snd are capable of amazing things and thst is why i want to use my talent for the good of others. I want to inspire young people with ASD to follow their dreams and reassure them that they can achieve their inspirations.  I was diagnosed with autism in March, 2014 at the age of fourteen. My prefered genres of singing is classical/opera and swing.
    I take immense influence from some of the greats such Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and Freddie Mercury. Singing gave me hope and helped me cope with my anxiety and stress caused from dealing with everyday life. It improved my confidence immensely and helped through my darkest moments. I want to give that hope to young people with ASD who are struggling in a world that they do not understand and a world that does not understand them. Thank you for your time. I really appeeciate it.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158531146008452&id=68969193451

  • Hi there. Just discovered your site (was recommended by someone today) and I love the perspectives you take. I am wondering whether you would be interested in publishing an article that has already gone out on my charity’s website, but which I feel really resonates with a lot of the stuff on here.

    It’s called The Beautiful Reality of Autism – https://transformingautism.org/beautiful-reality-autism/

  • My son Omer Udvin is a young Israeli artist (20 years old) diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.
    For him, painting is a meaningful window to the world, allowing him to express himself in ways he is ordinarily unable to. The art is the twist in Omer’s endless Journey of coping with autism.
    As a young boy Omer objected even to hold a pen in his hand. Only at 8 years old he began to secretly draw on a white-board just for him to see, erasing almost immediately.
    Only when he felt more confident with him-self he started sharing them with his close family.
    His extraordinary drawing abilities were discovered only at the age of 17, and since then, despite his youth, he has developed a unique artistic style of his own- personal artistic imprint.
    His paintings are characterized by their abstraction, daring bold color combinations, and a naive-optimistic perception and view of our world.
    Omer works with various techniques, mainly acrylic paints on canvas, water colors, collages with fabrics.
    Despite his young age, Omer has already exhibited his painting in many exhibitions, among others at the International Exhibition for Naïve Art in Haifa, at “chabba” Art gallery in Herzlia, at the Israeli Art Exhibition 2018 of Bank Hapoalim, at an exhibition at the President’s Residence in honor of the International Day of Autism and at a two-artist exhibition at Lemon- Frame Gallery, a well- known gallery in Tel Aviv, with a great success and full spread recognition . Omer’s paintings are regularly exibited at the Lemon -Frame Gallery.
    One of his painting, was chosen as one of the semi-finalists from all participating artworks in the Artbox – Project Zurich SwissArt- Expo 2019.

    I hope you will be interested to see Omer’s art :

    https://www.facebook.com/udvin.omer.artist/

    https://www.instagram.com/omerudvin/

  • Hello there, I’m an interdisciplinary artist and I’m also autistic.
    People trying to “fix” autism, people trying to glorify autism, and stereotypes are immensely irritating.
    Here is a simple guide line about how to behave towards autistic people:
    Let us be whatever we want to be. Help if it’s asked and if it’s necessary. Never brag about how helpful you are. Finally F your pity no one needs that.

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