Autistics Aloud is a print and digital grassroots publication based in Nova Scotia, Canada.
We've been supported by Autism Nova Scotia since it began in 2005 as a quarterly published Newsletter and was started by first person voice, Danny Melvin, who saw a need for Autistic led expression. Until Danny stepped aside in 2016 he and M. Keith were the newsletters sole Editors. Volumes 1 -9 ran had an impressive 11 year run.
In April 2017, Canadian Disability Rights Autistic activist and artist Patricia George-Zwicker accepted the position of Editor. Patricia wanted to take the newsletter to a magazine format - a big change after 11 years, but they kept the original values in mind. So Patricia took on that new challenge in the Spring of 2017; a pioneering step that took Autistics Aloud into new unexplored territory.
On June 23, 2017 Autistics Aloud was published as a Magazine for the first time. It was 18 pages long. The Autumn edition that followed doubled to 36 pages. The Winter edition was a whopping 48 pages. 31 unique first person perspectives were shared. That's 102 pages of content ranging from poetry to reviews; feature articles that take on topics like autism and addiction, making a case for an Autistic Neanderthal, and Autistic identity! We highlighted artists, woodworkers, bakers, photographers, plumbers, original music, and original cartoons. We signal boosted organizations that promote autism friendly events and gave space to anyone on the Autism Spectrum who have a business they'd like to promote.
Autistics Aloud Volume 10 made it into Question Period at the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in April 2018. Copies were personally presented to Members of Parliament, Senators & Leaders in various stakeholder Autism Communities all throughout Canada.