Advocacy Statement, The #AutLife Shop and our online communities grew from my own discovery, at 42, that I am autistic. 2E, to be exact, which means that while I am indeed “gifted and talented”, disability is also part of my daily life. In my case, invisibly. I stumbled upon this revelation entirely accidentally and, for the first time in my life, everything made sense.

Though I was lucky enough to have found answers, there are countless adults struggling through life who may never get the chance to know who they are. They’ve been explained away as quirky or temperamental, particular or aloof. Because they don’t fit the narrowly defined and exclusionary stereotype, they may never identify their own differences, fully understand their own needs, nor find the support and community they need to live their best lives.

I have committed to use my knowledge, experience, and voice in support of the autistic community — as well as neurodiversity, gender equality, LGBTQIA rights, racial equality, disability rights, and intersectionality — through my online platform.

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