This week, a new daily online publication has appeared that promises to be a magnificent porthole into the wide world of neurodiversity, autism, creativity, and the arts. The Art of Autism online newsletter officially launched on September 10, 2013, and immediately received a ”shout-out” on Twitter from the person that I consider the ”godfather of neurodiversity,” Oliver Sacks. This publication is an offshoot of the site The Art of Autism, which is a collaborative of over 350 artists, poets, musicians, and creative people on the autism spectrum.
Today’s edition of the newsletter features an article about a Baltimore County grad with autism who won a national arts award, a research report that ”clutter” actually facilitates creativity, a video titled “Keeping Up with the Robisons” that deals with romances between people with Aspergers and neurotypical individuals, and a link to a TED talk by a woman diagnosed with schizophrenia.
This is a rich, inviting, and interactive publication that will provoke thought and controversy, and provide practical strategies and solutions for people who think and behave outside the norm. There is a ”subscribe” button on the site, and also a link for writing directly to the editor, Debra Hosseini. I want to congratulate The Art of Autism for their new publication launch, and wish them all the very best success!