Autism Stories

Autism Stories

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Welcome to Autism Stories. Cover art photo provided by Federica Giusti on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@federicagiusti


Haley Moss and Amy Gaeta
Jan 20 • 28 min
There are many challenges to inclusion in all aspects of community for Autistic and Neurodiverse people. The Americans with Disablities Act was created as a piece of civil rights legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate against anyone with a…
John Truitt
Jan 13 • 18 min
When you don’t get a good night’s sleep your day is probably going to much more challenging to navigate. That only intensifies when you have sleep apnea. During this episode of Autism Stories we talk with John Truitt about how sleep apnea effects so many…
Chris Hall
Jan 6 • 16 min
Becoming an entrepreneur can certainly be very challenging, but it can also change your life for the better in so many ways. In this episode we talk with Chris Hall about how creating Computers for the Autistic Foundation has not only changed his life,…
Emily Casanova
Dec 30, 2019 • 43 min
What is Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome and what can this teach us about Autism? We discuss this and much more with Emily Casanova, Research Assistant Professor with the University of South Carolina Medical School at Greenville. Autism Stories connects you with…
Dane and Krista Capo
Dec 9, 2019 • 20 min
There are many Autistic people who are talented artists, but finding employment with art can be challenging. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Dane Capo and his mother Krista about how they have been able to develop his art into a viable…
Mikhaela Ackerman
Dec 2, 2019 • 19 min
Open office spaces can be stressful for just about any employee and a challenge to do your work succesfully, but especially when you are Autistic. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Mikhaela Ackerman, author of Edge of the Playground, about…
Dr. Sarah Zate
Nov 25, 2019 • 22 min
Medical appointments can be stressful for just about anyone, but even more so to Autistic patients. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Dr. Sarah Zate about why these appointments are so anxiety producing and what strategies medical practices…
Dr. Michael Hannon
Nov 18, 2019 • 48 min
Research on the experiences of fathers whose children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is limited, but especially for African-American fathers. On this episode we discuss this with Dr. Michael Hannon who wrote his dissertation “Love him and…
Kelly Bron Johnson
Nov 11, 2019 • 27 min
It is ongoing challenge to make businesses and events in the community more inclusive to all people. In this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Kelly Bron Jonson, the founder of Completely Inclusive, on how her organization is helping to make this…
Karissa Johnson
Nov 4, 2019 • 19 min
Next year there will be much interest in watching gymnastics at the Olympics, but it can be a great sport to participate in with so many positive benefits. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Karissa Johnson of Spectra Gymnastics. Karissa tells…
Sara Earhart
Oct 21, 2019 • 28 min
Figuring out who we are and what we want is a lifelong quest. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Sara Earhart about how being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder led her to start a blog, Seeking Sara, and helped to give her a much better…
Alec Frazier
Oct 14, 2019 • 25 min
Peer mentorship can have a profoundly positive affect on the lives of its participants . On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Alec Frazier who shares with us how this type has been beneficial to him and can be to other Autistic people in helping…
Dylan Dailor
Oct 7, 2019 • 26 min
What is it like to be an openly Autistic political candidate? We discuss this with Dylan Dailor, who is running for state assembly, and how he wants to make New York a better place if elected. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are…
Nicole Ryan and Virginia Smedley
Sep 23, 2019 • 17 min
Vacation can be one of the great pleasures of this world, but for many Autistic people getting to these destinations can be extremely stressful due to navigating an airport. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Nicole Ryan and Virgina Smedley of…
Andrew November Returns
Sep 16, 2019 • 22 min
Can your social media use be looked at to deny you disabilities benefits? Andrew November returns to Autism Stories to talk about how social security may be looking at your social media accounts in the future to determine your eligibility for disability…
Mark Fremmerlid
Sep 9, 2019 • 26 min
What does successful entreprenership for Autistic people look like? In this episode of Autism Stories hear from Mark Fremmerlid how he helped his son Brad start his own business, Made by Brad. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are…
Jillian Nelson
Aug 26, 2019 • 31 min
Who are the true experts about the Autistic experience and how can they change the world? In this episode we have a discussion about this subject with Jillian Nelson, the Community Resource and Policy Advocate for the Autism Society of Minnesota. Autism…
Katie Oswald
Aug 19, 2019 • 27 min
Many Autistic people have places they would like to visit, but it can be very overwhelming and as a result decide to travel . On today’s episode we talk with Katie Oswald, founder of The Autistic Travel Coach, about how Autistic adults can overcome these…
Dr. Jen Malia
Aug 12, 2019 • 30 min
Autistic characters in modern media are important because they can educate neurotypical people about the experiences of Autistic people, if it is a well thought out character. In this episode we discuss this and much more with Dr. Jen Malia, english…
April Stephens
Aug 5, 2019 • 21 min
Too often Autistic African-Americans don’t get the support they need from organizations that provide supports to those with Autism. On today’s epsiode we talk with April Stephens, the founder of Autism from Another Spectrum, about why this happens and…
Chris Bonnello
Jul 22, 2019 • 21 min
Many Autistic people are very talented writers, but why is that and what can be learned from the writing experience? We tackle these questions on today’s episode with Chris Bonnello of “Autistic Not Weird”. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people…
Sal Spinelli
Jul 15, 2019 • 18 min
If you are a fan of America’s Got Talent than this episode of Autism Stories is for you! We will talk with Sal Spinelli who is the vocal coach of the first golden buzzer winner of the season , the phenomonal Kodi Lee. In this episode Sal will discuss how…
David Weiss
Jul 8, 2019 • 60 min
On this episode we continue our discussion about running with occupational therapist David Weiss. David talks about how he has helped Autistic people get involved in running and the life changing results he has witnessed . Autism Stories connects you with…
Tracey Cohen
Jul 1, 2019 • 30 min
On this episode we talk with Tracey Cohen about how running can have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of Autistic people in so many different ways. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic teens and adults become…
Alex Manners
Jun 17, 2019 • 15 min
Sports is a passion for many Autistic people, but going to these sporting events can be very overwhelming. In this episode we talk with our first guest from England, Alex Manners. Alex discusses with us his campaign “Autism and Football” which is to make…
Jason Gepperth
Jun 10, 2019 • 40 min
Many Autistic people are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. However, finding employment in these areas can be challenging. On this episode we talk with Jason Gepperth, a Disability and STEM Resource Specialist at Wright State…
Anne Tapia Returns
Jun 3, 2019 • 44 min
Healthy Relationships are vital to the existence of all of us, but can be challenging to find and nuture.. In this episode, Anne Tapia, of the Regional Autism Advisory Council, returns to Autism Stories to preview The Spectrum of Healthy Relationships and…
Haley Dunn
May 27, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode of Autism Stories will be talk about a great educational opportunity coming up on June 11th and 12th which is the Milestones National Autism Conference. We will preview ten sessions at the conference we are really excited about with Haley…
Nathan Morgan
May 20, 2019 • 37 min
On this episode of Autism Stories we have an important discussion about the intersection of Autism and the LGBT community with Nathan Morgan of Milestones Autism Resources. Nathan is a self-advocate who has shared his experiences on panels, at events, and…
Becca Lory Hector
May 13, 2019 • 19 min
Storytelling exists in every culture as a way to educate and entertain. In this episode we talk with Becca Lory Hector about how Geek Club Books gives people with Autism an opportunity to share their voices and essential stories. Autism Stories connects…
Tim Goldstein
Apr 29, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode we discuss the technical interview process for those with Autism with Tim Goldstein. Tim is the author of Geeks Guide to Interviews: 15 Critical Items for the Technical Type. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping…
Megan Metzelaar
Apr 22, 2019 • 13 min
It’s time for some music. In this episode we talk with Megan Metzelaar, the writer and performer of the Autism Stories theme song “Who am I” about how music can be beneficial for those with Autism. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are…
Tara Regan
Apr 15, 2019 • 21 min
In this episode we discuss how personal and family indicators effect those with Autism in developing self determination in their lives. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping teens and adults with Autism become more independent…
Ivette Sarkar
Apr 8, 2019 • 18 min
In this episode we will talk with Ivette Sarkar about the challenges those with Autism and their families face when they don’t fluently speak English. Ivette is a multicultural specialist for the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with…
Armani Williams
Apr 1, 2019 • 16 min
What is it like to have Autism and be a NASCAR driver? On this episode we talk with Armani Williams, the first NASCAR driver that is diagnosed with Autism. Armani shares with us his start as a race care driver, how NASCAR has helped him become the person…
Boaz Santiago
Mar 25, 2019 • 32 min
Finding and keeping a job you love is not easy for anyone, but particularly for those with Autism. In this episode we talk with Boaz Santiago about how self employment could be a pathway for some people with Autism in finding and keeping a job they love.…
Katie Hatmaker
Mar 18, 2019 • 14 min
Life can be so challenging prior to someone getting an Autism diagnosis. On this episode we will talk about getting an Autism diagnosis with Katie Hatmaker. Katie is a clinical assistant and part of the Autism evaluation team of the Cleveland Clinic…
Molly Dann-Pipinias
Mar 11, 2019 • 14 min
On this episode we discuss with Molly Dann how sensory processing impacts so much of what we do. Molly D. Dann-Pipinias is a self-advocate with a passion for bringing awareness and advocacy to the Cleveland area. She works at Milestones Autism Resources…
Beth Thompson
Mar 4, 2019 • 22 min
On this episode we talk with Beth Thompson about developing successful internships for those with Autism. Beth is the program services director for Milestones Autism Resources in Cleveland, Ohio. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are…
Sondra Williams
Feb 25, 2019 • 25 min
On this episode we talk about how to effectively communicate to have your needs met with Sondra Williams. Sondra is a publish author, national speaker, and member of the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Advisory board. Autism Stories connects you…
Maverick Crawford
Feb 24, 2019 • 37 min
On this episode we talk with Maverick Crawford about how people with Autism can find their personal strength and become successful. Maverick is the author of the book “Overcoming the Odds: My Journey to Finding Personal Strength and Triumph. Autism…
Thomas Edwards
Feb 18, 2019 • 26 min
On this episode we will talk with Thomas Edwards about removing employment barriers to help Autistic people be successful at work. Thomas is the author of a soon to be released book “Leading Team Members with Superpowers: How effective leadership of the…
Mike Sweetin
Feb 4, 2019 • 47 min
On this episode we talk about how you can best work with your counties support administrator with Mike Sweetin. Mike is the transition services coordinator and previously a support administrator for Butler County in Ohio. Autism Stories connects you with…
Bill Fenbers
Jan 28, 2019 • 43 min
On this episode we will talk with Bill Fendbers, the social media facilitator for the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, about the power of volunteering for those with Autism. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping teens and…
Kelly Mahler
Jan 21, 2019 • 24 min
On this episode we discuss the sensory system you need to know more about with occupational therapist Kelly Mahler. Kelly discusses why its so important to know and be aware of your interoception system on a daily basis. Autism Stories connects you with…
Mary Ellen Greacen
Jan 14, 2019 • 22 min
On this episode of Autism Stories Mary Ellen Gracean, the Vice President of Operations at the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, discusses the importance of employment, mentoring, and social opportunities. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who…
Haley Moss
Jan 7, 2019 • 24 min
On this episode of Autism Stories we will talk about life for college students with Autism with Haley Moss. Haley is the author of “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders”. Autism Stories connects you with amazing…
Dr. Lamar Hardwick
Dec 24, 2018 • 34 min
In this Christmas Eve edition of Autism Stories listen to our interview with Dr. Lamar Hardwick. He will discuss being diagnosed with Autism as an adult as well as being a pastor, father, and husband. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who…
Barb Rutt
Dec 17, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode of Autism Stories, Barb Rutt discusses self advocacy, human sexuality, and how to work best with families .She has been advocating for adults and children with disabilities for over 25 years and is currently the Disability & Outreach…
Eric Metzger
Dec 10, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode of Autism Stories, Eric Metzger discusses the different aspects of community and how we must think differently about them in order to best support people with Autism to reach their true potential. Autism Stories connects you with amazing…
Debbie Picker
Dec 3, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode of Autism Stories, Debbie Picker of Fare Cle discusses how her organization is finding ways to help people with Autism meet their transportation needs. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping teens and adults with…
Anne Tapia
Nov 26, 2018 • 37 min
Did you know that the neuroscience community believes that those with Autism may be at greater risk for trauma than the rest of our population? On this episode of Autism Stories Anne Tapia of the Regional Autism Advisory Council of Southwest Ohio…
Cathy Hughes
Nov 18, 2018 • 20 min
Autism Stories connects you with amazing people in the Autism community. On this episode of Autism Stories Cathy Hughes of Achieving True Self discuss her dramatic entrance into the Autism community and the importance of people with Autism developing…
Andrew November
Nov 11, 2018 • 32 min
Autism Stories connects you with amazing people in the Autism community who help teens and adults with Autism become more independent and successful. In this episode Andrew November, of Liner Legal, educates us on social security disability and the…
Amanda Tipkemper
Nov 4, 2018 • 57 min
Autism Stories connects you with amazing people in the Autism community. Learn how they help teens and adults with Autism become more independent and successful. In the first episode of Autism Stories hear our interview with Amanda Tipkemper, Autism…