Autistic History Month 2017: Link Compilation

Compiled by Kit Mead

This is a link compilation of posts about autistic history, whether general autism history or personal autism history, and foundational/influential pieces. Some of these links may contain information that is “dated” or they may have occasional iffy content.




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?

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.