Emma is an autistic mum to autistic kids and is also a very active campaigner for autistic rights.
She is the CEO of Autistic Inclusive Meets, which is a fantastic organisation based in the U.K. They organise activities and meet-up for autistic people of all ages and abilities and are a great resource.
She also campaigns against quack autism “cures” such as homeopathy and MMS. She goes “undercover” to expose this abuse and also educates people on their dangers eg at conferences and by protesting events that promote them.
Emma is another autistic advocate that does so much for the autistic community and I salute her!
Dr. Henny Kupferstein is an autistic autism researcher and psychologist. Henny is trained in music therapy, and has developed an evidence-based program for piano students with dyspraxia to be successful at note-reading for the instrument.
Her research study published in 2018 found that autistic people who have experienced ABA also have very high severity of PTSD. An advocate for humane and ethical research, Henny works tirelessly to push for a federal ban on harmful practices currently used as standard autism interventions. She can be contacted via http://www.hennyk.com where she writes many important articles .
Stiofán (aka Maqqi) is a truly wonderful human being and friend. I first heard them speak at the 2019 AuSome Conference. I wrote about their talk here.
They have a new blog called Infinite Diversity and it contains much wisdom. They have also come up with The Munster Model of Autism. I attended a worship given by them on the model and I must say it’s the most comprehensive autism model I have encountered. Unfortunately they have had to postpone future nationwide workshops due to the coronavirus pandemic. Once they are back on track I’d definitely recommend folks to attend a workshop if they can.
Evaleen is the person behind AuSome Ireland and it’s annual AuSome Conference, which unfortunately has been postponed due to covid 19. But she has so much more going on. She teaches children and adults about autistic life. And doesn’t put up with any nonsense from ignorant people when it comes to fighting for autistic human rights.
I had the pleasure of seeing Dean Beadle, in the flesh, at last year’s AuSome conference. I wrote about it here. He is a very talented speaker and performer and is often to be found On tour around the U.K. and worldwide.
Right now his Facebook page is providing me with much-needed comic relief and I wanted to share it with others in case it helps.
Dean is just a fantastic guy all round! (And no, he didn’t pay me to write this. 😉)