About the Blog
This is a blog about autism. The topics addressed encompass all that falls under the ASD umbrella: the neurodiversity movement and the politics of autism; gender and sexuality in the autism community; scientific progress in understanding and explaining autism; the transition to adulthood for autistic youth; diagnostic numbers and changes in the categorization of autism; the disabling and enabling traits that come with autism; how autism affects family life, friendships, romantic relationships, and workforce integration; and more. (Hopefully, as time goes on, the “more” will include more personal anecdotes, though the author has a tendency to ramble in an overly academic voice despite her best intentions to do otherwise.)
Topic suggestions are welcomed, and any readers seeking advice for more specific circumstances are encouraged to send their questions via WordPress or email.
Each post is paired with a drawing or painting, relevant to the subject at hand. Any readers who wish to commission an original work of art from the author are asked to contact her via WordPress or email.
About the Author
Kirsten Lindsmith is an author, artist, consultant, and autism advocate. After receiving an ASD diagnosis at the age of 19, she began co-hosting the online television show Autism Talk TV and speaking at conferences and events about her experience as a young woman on the spectrum. Kirsten has written columns for Wrong Planet and Autism After 16, and was profiled in The New York Times. She is a member of the board of advisors for the Yale Child Study Center’s Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to her Normal Human™ office job, she works as an autism consultant developing accommodations and curriculum.
Kirsten graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Vertebrate Ontogeny and Phylogeny. Her interests include autism spectrum research and advocacy, gender and sexuality politics, animal biology and behavior, nutrition, human development, and petting soft cats. She lives in New York City.
While The Artism Spectrum does address autism issues relevant to the public sphere, it is still a personal blog, and as such it is not a forum for slander, insults, hateful debate, or harassment of any kind (no matter how much you may feel the subject deserves it!)
Healthy debate and criticism of topics and individuals such as public figures, policy makers, organizations, or the author herself are tolerated and even encouraged so long as such comments are written compassionately and constructively.
Off-topic comments are allowed within reason (i.e., they are not spam). Profanity will be tolerated to a reasonable extent (as long as it is not insulting or hurtful). Outside links are acceptable (as long as they are not inappropriate, or spam). Anonymous comments are also allowed, assuming they are not offensive. Spelling, grammar, and other language mistakes are allowed and will not be edited.
The Artism Spectrum reserves the right to:
- moderate all comments, deleting offensive or inane comments as seen fit
- delete spam and suspected spam comments
- block routinely offensive commenters
The Artism Spectrum is not responsible for the content of comments left on this site by parties other than the author (Kirsten).