Skip to main content
inclusion word cloud in colorful typsets

Voices of Autism

We recently spoke with some middle and high school students across the autism spectrum to learn what being autistic means to them — in school and beyond.


“The most interesting people you’ll find are ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need. They’ll make their own boxes.”    — Temple Grandin, PhD

In recent years, there has been a bright spotlight on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). News stories on ASD have often highlighted insights from researchers, teachers, and parents but rarely a young person’s perspective. 

Middle Grade and Young Adult Voices

Hear autistic adolescents reflect on a range of topics — from “what it feels like to be me” to “what I think people misunderstand about autism.” We learned a lot and we hope you will too.

We’re very grateful to the faculty, parents, staff and students at Ivymount School in ​Rockville, Maryland and The Auburn School in Chantilly, Virginia for giving us the opportunity to film at their schools and for making us feel so welcome.

Related Resources

A Circle from colorful figures and sign neurodiversity.

Colorin Colorado

Engaging Latino Families: Learning from an Autism Screening Program at a Community Based Clinic

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Keri Linas, Ph.D, Psy.D and Sandra Soto, BSN, MPH write about a partnership between Georgetown University and a local community outpatient care clinic to help improve the early identification of autism in young Latino children. 

Head shot of Dr. Brenda Smith

Reading Rockets

Creating a positive learning community for students with autism

Dr. Brenda Smith Myles discusses how to create a positive learning community for children with autism.

head sot of Sally J Pla; blond hair with black shirt

Reading Rockets

The Human Brain Is a Storytelling Brain

Award-winning author of acclaimed middle-grade novels Sally J. Pla talks (The Someday Birds) about how her own autism informs the characters and stories she writes.

autism book list

Themed Booklists

On the Autism Spectrum: MG and YA Voices and Stories

What’s it like to grow up with a neurodiverse brain? Through fictional characters’ adventures and autobiographical remembrances, you can begin to understand the colorful and sometimes bumpy road many folks in the neurodiverse community experience.