We have taken down our contact form because we will be closing the nonprofit the end of 2021. Here is a letter from our founder, Jodi Murphy, with an explanation:
When I began this journey 9 years ago, the only information on autism was clinical or from a parent perspective. Reading it was scary and depressing. But doom and gloom weren’t feelings I had about my son! No, my concerns were about how he’d be treated by others when the public’s perception of autism was so misrepresented.
I wondered, “Where are the autistic voices?” Too few were given opportunities to express their views. I knew I had to do something to help autistic voices rise to the top. So, I founded Geek Club Books, autism storytelling nonprofit, to bring autistic individuals opportunities to share their life experiences, tell their personal stories and get paid for their creative work.
I am so proud of what our Autistic team of creators accomplished—comics, school assemblies, acceptance campaigns, school guides, author interviews, Zoom Autism Magazine, and hundreds of personal articles and essays. Their work has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. And our content has been used in schools, seen at conferences and Comic Cons, and, read by parents, educators, and the newly-diagnosed.
Today, there are so many amazing #ActuallyAutistic advocates and creatives who are out on social media, writing books, giving speeches, doing workshops and sharing their authentic selves with the world! So, it’s time for me to say farewell and pass the torch to all of them.
I am closing the nonprofit at the end of this year. Over the next couple of months, I will be sharing:
- Lyric Holman’s last article for Geek Club Books
- James Sullivan’s final BBTV Autism Information Station video, and
- Releasing our most popular content as PDFs so they will always be available for downloading
- Zoom Autism Magazine will be reimagined and fully taken over by Sharon and Conner Cummings
- Our geekclubbooks.com website will stay up through 2021 and then become a single page with links to resources
This is a bittersweet moment for me. I have loved working with the #ActuallyAutistic community so much. You inspire me and give me hope that one day, in the not-too-distant future, we will have acceptance for all.
Jodi Murphy, Founder and CEO