Update: Submissions should be scheduled this week and next

Hi folks,

I know it’s been quiet over here since the call for submissions (which are still open). I’m the only site admin/mod and have been dealing with stuff that life decided to make happen. I hope to start responding to and scheduling submissions this week and next. Sorry to keep everyone waiting!



Submit for Autistic History Month 2017!

Celebrating a rich Autistic culture and history that deserves to be told

Submissions for Autistic History Month are open until Nov. 29!

[Begin image description: The entire image has a faded, sepia overlay. On a papery-looking background, there is an opened book, the text “Autistic History Month 2017,” and a painting depicting neurodiversity. At the bottom of the image, there are three circle shapes, connected by dots, with the text “history, community, culture” in them.  End image description.]
Aspects of Autistic history can include the history of autistic culture, community, activism, and self-advocacy. They can be family or personal autism histories. We also are looking for oral histories and interviews with long-time activists.

Submissions can be of a variety of types, including:

  • art,
  • photography,
  • poetry,
  • oral histories,
  • interviews,
  • prose,
  • or a combination of the above.

For examples of submissions, please see previous years’ events:

Submit and contribute to recording and sharing Autistic History! 

Have something that doesn’t fit into our guidelines or just want to take part in another really cool event? Check out the long-running event Autistics Speaking Day, which is November 1 – their submissions are open now! 

Autistic History Month prompts (a bit late)

Prompts for Autistic History Month

Here are some prompts to get you started if you haven’t already! It’s not too late to submit! Submissions close November 29 at 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

  1. How did certain symbols of autism/neurodiversity come about, ableist or not? (i.e. rainbow infinity sign for neurodiversity) (puzzle piece was done for 2013)
  2. Some autistics often get overlooked in discussions of autistic history – who are they? What are their stories? Can you describe some of their history?
  3. How does the autistic rights/self-advocacy movement differ historically, then and now, in different parts of the world?
  4. How does the general autism advocacy movement differ historically, then and now, in different parts of the world?
  5. Do you have autistic relatives who were born in a different generation? What are their stories?
  6. What is the history of autistic self-advocacy in relation to general disability self-advocacy? (for instance, how does it differ, historically and now)?
  7. Autism is not new – but where are the autistics from generations past? What kinds of things happened to them? What kinds of lives did they lead?
  8. What is your personal “autism history”?
  9. Find an older activist or autistic person to interview. What kinds of work have they done? What has happened to them? What kinds of lives have they led?

November 1 Update: Submissions and More

Submissions will be posted throughout November. It’s also not too late to submit here or email autistichistorymonth@gmail.com with your submission! In addition, we will be sharing posts that are autistic history-related throughout November.

And don’t forget – Autistics Speaking Day is going on today! Check out all the great posts at Autistics Speaking Day!


Update: October 13, 2016

Hi all!

It’s been a while since we had an update. I have received some submissions but haven’t been able to respond due to:

  • conference!
  • illness!
  • concussion!

I will be following up in the next few weeks with those who have submitted, creating more participant icons, and coming up with prompt suggestions. Please folks, submit if you have an idea!



Autistic History Month (begun anew) November 2016: Submissions Open!

Submissions are now open until November 1!

Welcome to Autistic History Month begun anew! Submissions are now open to Autistics and our supporters/allies.

A group of Autistic activists originally conceptualized this project in 2013 to record our autistic history through a variety of media, and they chose the month of November for Autistics Speaking Day. Our goal is to both provide a place where autistic people and supporters/allies can submit writing about aspects of autistic history or their family’s autistic history, and a place that can contain oral histories and interviews with activists. We have a rich culture and history, and it deserves to be told.

To submit a publication, oral history, or activist interview, please go to our Submissions page. If you participate, you get a cool icon (with more to come) and the knowledge that you are helping to preserve autistic history and culture.

The deadline is November 1, but we will grant extensions into the month of November.