Jan 17, 2022
Before Kelly Coons was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
at the age of thirteen, she had a coming-of-age story that was
mostly deemed as neurotypical. However, she always felt isolated
and, until her diagnosis, believed that she was to blame.
After her diagnosis, Kelly became passionate about disability
advocacy and promoting autistic pride. Today she is an autism
advocate and a novelist who studied English at Smith College.
During this episode, you will hear Kelly talk about:
- Growing up with two autistic brothers – and how she got her own
- How Kelly learned she is autistic – a year after her parents
and teachers already knew
- Her autism advocacy – and why she likes answering people’s
questions about autism most of the time
- Life as an autistic college student
- The story behind her novel, All Ways, and how it counteracts
common literary narratives about autism by centering autistic
experiences and voices
To find out more about Kelly and her work, check out her
website, learn more about her novel "All Ways" and connect
with her on Instagram or LinkedIn.
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