Resources

Online Resources

Learn About Autism from the Experts – Autistic People:

Lydia Brown: www.autistichoya.com/p/about.html

Amy Sequenzia: http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com/

Patrick Dwyer: www.autisticscholar.com/

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: www.thinkingautismguide.com/

Quincy Hansen https://speakingofautismcom.wordpress.com/

Bev Harp: http://aspergersquare8.blogspot.com/

Neurowonderful – Ask an Autistic: www.youtube.com/user/neurowonderful 

Stairway to STEM: www.stairwaytostem.org/

For families:

Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance, Lei Wiley: https://autloveaccept.wordpress.com/

National Resources

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the Autistic community, and does so by advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends. Be sure to see their published resources for college students!

Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network

The mission of Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) is to provide community, support, and resources for Autistic women, girls, nonbinary people, and all others of marginalized genders.

AWN Network  is dedicated to building a supportive community where we can share our experiences in an understanding, diverse and inclusive environment. AWN is committed to recognizing and celebrating diversity and the many intersectional experiences in our community.

We welcome all women, transgender and cisgender, non-binary and genderqueer people, Two-Spirit people, people who have at anytime identified as women or girls, and all other people of marginalized genders or of no gender. AWN recognizes and affirms all people’s gender identities and expressions, as well as choices about disclosure, transition, and going stealth.

Our goal is to dispel stereotypes and misinformation which perpetuate unnecessary fears surrounding an autism diagnosis. We seek to share information which works to build acceptance and understanding of disability.

Foundations for Divergent Minds

Foundations for Divergent Minds is a new way to think about how we support autistic and neurodivergent people. Building on principles of the Disability Rights Movement and the Neurodiversity Paradigm, this model creates systems of accommodations and supports to enhance the quality of life of autistic and neurodivergent people. The systems are based on five areas that create a foundation for greater autonomy and increased inclusion in the home, community and school.

Student Resources for Daily Living

Transportation:

Find maps and information about buying an ORCA card on the Bellevue College Bus & ORCA Card page.

If you qualify for the ADA Paratransit Program, you can use the King County Access Program.

Housing:

Campus Housing: www.bellevuecollege.edu/housing/ Our residence halls are fairly new, and ASN is in the process of working on student supports. If you are a current residence hall student, and need additional support, please contact us!

Medical:

AWN has created Before You Go: Know Your Rights and What to Expect at the Doctor and in the Hospital, a guide for trans and autistic people to know better what to expect when going to doctors or hospitals, understand rights and responsibilities & strategize for safety planning, effective communication, accommodations, and more.

Additional Support: 

Bellevue College Benefits Hub from United Way.

General Support:

Arc of King County

Connect for information and referral to resources in King County.

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

The University of Washington’s DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool.

Books

Loud Hands, Autistic People, Speaking, by Julia Bascom

Typed Words, Loud Voices, by Amy Sequenzia and Elizabeth J Grace

Authoring Autism, by Melanie Yergeau

Leaders Around Me, edited by Edlyn Vallejo Peńa

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steve Silberman

Uniquely Human, by Barry M Prizant

Last Updated October 14, 2020