When talking about autism in the classroom, it’s important that teachers include autistic viewpoints and experiences as a part of the discussion. There will always be a place for professional and parental guidance and perspectives, but autistic voices should rise to the top. They are the true “experts” on autism. Through them, students will be able to make a personal connection to what it means to be autistic and take away a more authentic understanding of the autism experience.
Autism Information Station for Kids
Our 7th episode of Bluebee TeeVee, The Autism Information Station, features 5 important messages for kids:
Watch Episode 7: What WE Want You to Know
Meet the Autistic People in this Episode
James Sullivan – Host
James is a filmmaker who is on the autism spectrum. He has his own YouTube channel entitled Jaimetud where he reviews all forms of popular culture including books, movies, comics and video games. James works on Geek Club Books Bluebee TeeVee Autism Information Station where he writes the scripts, performs as on-camera host, and films and edits these popular autism education videos.
Jonathan Murphy – Voice Actor (Voice of Parker, the Monkey)
Jonathan a SAG-AFTRA voiceover actor whose character voices appear in video games, apps, audiobooks, and throughout a major theme park. Jonathan shares his autistic life experiences through public speaking and Mighty League children’s book app series. He’s received a Temple Grandin Award and People’s Choice Award for his storytelling.
Chase Bailey – Food Enthusiast, Advocate, Speaker
Chase hosts his own YouTube cooking show featuring prominent chefs and other food enthusiasts. He’s authored the multi-award winning, The Official Chase ‘N Yur Face Cookbook, and speaks at events and conferences. He founded the Chase Yur Dreams Foundation to help others on the spectrum follow their dreams.
Chloe Rothschild – Speaker, Advocate
Chloe is an outspoken advocate who enjoys writing and giving presentations to educate others about autism or give advice to empower her autistic peers.
Joshua Hartzler – Artist
Joshua is known as “The Duke of Artz” and enjoys drawing and sketching people, animals, Power Rangers and anything that allows him to showcase his talent to entertain and delight others.
Lydia Wayman – Author, Advocate
Lydia uses her personal experience and professional knowledge to help parents and professionals understand autism through her writing.
Discover More Interesting Autistic Teens and Adults
There are so many amazing autistic teens and adults who are busting common autism myths! Take some time to find them and read their stories—they’ll change your thinking about autism. In our episode guide (free to download with the video), we share links to these interesting folks:
- Greta Thunberg – a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger’s Syndrome.
- Haley Moss, Esq – an autistic attorney and one of the first autistic lawyers in Florida to pass the bar. She is also an author of two books, artist and autism advocate who writes and speaks publicly about her journey.
- Georgia aka Florida Frenz – young adult author of How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl!
- Christa Holmans – Founder of Neurodivergent Rebel—a blog and consulting firm—to teach others about neurodiversity and inclusion.
- Dani Bowman – the founder of DaniMation Entertainment, a company that provides award-winning 2D animation for the entertainment industry and talent development for artists on the spectrum.
- Mickey Rowe – the first autistic actor to play the lead in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He is the founder and co-executive director of National Disability Theatre.
- Coby Bird – an autistic actor who has appeared on Speechless, The Good Doctor and Netflix Locke & Key.
- Tyla Grant – an autistic lifestyle blogger, podcaster and YouTuber.
- Chris Bonnello – a special needs tutor with Asperger’s Syndrome, formerly a primary school teacher. He has become an international speaker on autism issues and the writer behind autisticnotweird.com.
And so many more! Who would you add to the list?
If you are #ActuallyAutistic, what would you like kids to know about autism?
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- Inquire about a school visit or assembly
Our website at Geek Club Books is a platform for autistic voices, positive autism advocacy and education, and sharing autism resources we think you’ll want to know about. Here are additional categories we cover and questions we explore: