Welcome to Our Geek Club Books Neurodiverse Community!
Let me introduce myself. I’m Jodi Murphy, a compassionate community leader and the founder of Geek Club Books autism nonprofit. Our autistic team and volunteers tell the stories of autism to ignite hearts and open minds so your children are given every opportunity in this world to shine.
I am also the proud mom of an adult son with Aspergers Syndrome. We view our family’s ‘life on the spectrum’ with a positive outlook and a sense of humor. My son is our family hero and role model for living without limitations and never giving up! We share our stories with you and invite you to share yours with us.
Here’s our story as covered on Only Good TV:
We Believe in Amplifying Autistic Voices
We subscribe to the “Nothing about us, without us” way of operating. We exist to give a platform for autistic voices as there voices are the ones we need to listen to the most. Autistic contributors−writers, filmmakers, advocates, voice actors, comic artists−are involved in and at the heart of everything we create.
Take a look at what two of our autistic team members do:
Your Daily Dose of Inspiration and Hope
There are so many great sources for you on Geek Club Books when you need that extra dose comfort and support. Here are a few of our most popular sources:
- Our Blog: We publish articles two-times per week, typically Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our contributors include autistic writers under the Penfriend Project. We feature interviews with authors, children’s authors, app developers, thought leaders and companies who have something of value to offer the autism community.
- Autimisms: Autism Hope Quotes—is our little e-book of optimism from women who work with, support and love someone on the autism spectrum.
How to Find Autism Resources
Based on our experience, we have some advice on ways to find great resources when you need them in our “How to Find Autism Resources” page. We have also curated our content by the most popular topics we cover:
- What is Autism?
- What is Autism Awareness?
- Common Autism Myths
- Autistic or Person with Autism?
- Autism Glossary of Acceptable Terms
- Books by Autistic Authors
- Amazon Autism Book Shop
- Speech and Language
- Autism Business Ideas
- Autistic Self-Care
Connect and Engage with Other Families and Autistic Advocates
We have a very active community on social media. I invite you to LIKE our page, follow us on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM, and join in the conversations. I personally look to you and the rest of the community to help spread empathy and understanding for autism. We launched our #Activate4Autism campaign to empower people to activate their voices for autism. Here’s one video from that campaign, a shining example ways we work together to send positive messages out to the world:
Look at Autism Through Many Lenses
Zoom Autism Magazine, the online magazine whose mission is to inspire, answer questions, ease minds, focus on positive solutions and recognize autistic individuals and the family members who support them on their journeys. Our content is respectful to the autistic community, realistic, hopeful and zooms in on every milestone, every accomplishment, for none are too small or insignificant. Best of all, it gives autistic voices priority because they don’t just matter, they are imperative.
Explain Autism through Comics
Our autistic team has created comics that make it easy for you to explain autism to friends, family members, educators, and local businesses. They are here for you to download, share and use in your local advocacy! Take a look at:
- Autistic Comic Artist Rebecca Burgess “Understanding the Spectrum“
- Rebecca also created our “Hear Our Spectrum of Voices” comic featuring quotes from autistic advocates
- Jenny Bristol (author) and Rebecca Burgess (illustrator) created an important comic on “It’s Time for Acceptance: 10 Reasons to End Autism Awareness Campaigns.”
Give People the Facts about Autism
These fact sheets will help when you need to explain autism to children and others family members:
- Autism Facts for Kids
- Autism Myths and Stereotypes
- Current Autism Glossary of Terms – list of Acceptable and Respectable Phrases
Empower Your Children and Teach their Peers
We create children’s stories to entertain while educating children about autism. For the first time, children on the autism spectrum can read stories about characters just like them. Many parents have used our stories as a way to start talking about autism within their own families. It gives siblings a chance to understand and ask questions.
Bring the Topics of Autism Into Your Child’s Classroom
What’s even better is that our stories are being used in classrooms to teach students about autism. we created Autism EDU – a collection of free educational tools to bring the topics of autism into classrooms for tolerance and understanding. They’ve been developed in collaboration with autistic individuals, special educators, a common core curriculum specialist and clinical partners. A former Disney Films illustrator worked with us too!
Be Your Child’s Most Powerful Advocate!
Use these tools to spread your awareness and acceptance message…do it in your child’s classroom, school, community center, church gathering…anywhere you feel the need to educate others in your community to open the doors of opportunity for your child and others on the spectrum. Hollywood’s most notable autism advocate, Holly Robinson Peete, said in an interview with Geek Club Books,
I urge any of you who have any kind of platform to spread awareness about autism or special needs and how valuable our children are…do it so there’s always hope for them.
You can do this! Working together we can end the stigma of autism to create brighter futures for our children.
Share Autism with the Mainstream
Currently, no one is doing a form of autism education that’s a part of pop culture…so we are! You can bring the topics of autism to the mainstream using our Bluebee TeeVee to increase understanding and significantly reduce bullying. In partnership with Bluebee Pals and QSAC, Bluebee TeeVee is a webisode series, an entertaining autism information station. What’s so great about them is that they are written, filmed, performed and edited by two autistic adults. They are fun and creative while clinically correct and educational.
Here are some direct links for more details:
- Subscribe and watch Bluebee TeeVee on YouTube
- More details and how to download the episodes to watch offline
- Get the episode guides with show highlights, glossary of terms, suggested resources for delving deeper, and class discussion questions
- Our Neverending, Always Hopeful Story about our family
- Meet my son, our autistic spokesperson for Geek Club Books
- Overview of our autism storytelling nonprofit
There’s so much more on our website, so please explore and enjoy. And remember, you are not alone!