Our Stories: Autistic Parents

June 5, 2024

Join us for a candid and authentic conversation around an experience we don’t hear from nearly enough – that of autistic parents. Some of the questions we’ll cover are:    

  • How do you talk about autism with your kids?
  • How does being autistic inform your parenting?
  • Is there an intersectionality component for you?

Watch this truly dynamic discussion live on Thursday, April 28th at 1pm EST with Maisie Soetantyo, Tiffany Hammond, and Daniel Bowman Jr., moderated by Haley Moss! We’ll be streaming on our Facebook page.  

Maisie Soetantyo, is an openly autistic family and inclusivity consultant who founded the Autism Career Pathways 501c3. She’s worked with families for 3 decades and believes that nurturing one’s autistic authenticity is a critical first foundation to meaningful self-advocacy, career path and living the best life as an autistic person. She believes that every autistic individual has the right to a meaningful employment.

Tiffany Hammond is the voice behind Fidgets and Fries. She is an Autistic mother, advocate, and storyteller who uses her personal experiences with Autism and parenting two Autistic boys to guide others on their journey. Her book, A Day With No Words, is a New York Times bestselling picture book and national bestseller. She has a Masters in Developmental Psychology and spends her time teaching, coaching, and mentoring others in Disability Justice issues. Her activism is rooted in challenging the current perception of Autism as a lifelong burden, cultivating a community that explores the concept of Intersectionality, and inspiring thought leaders through storytelling, education, and critical discourse.

Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country: Poems and the new memoir On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, & the Gifts of Neurodiversity (Brazos, 2021). His work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, The Midwest Quarterly, Seneca Review, Volume 1 Brooklyn, and many other magazines. A native New Yorker, he lives in Hartford City, Indiana, where he is Associate Professor of English at Taylor University, Editor in Chief of Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith, and faculty advisor to Students for Education on Neurodiversity (SEND).

Haley Moss is an attorney, author, advocate, artist, and consultant who is passionate about disability inclusion and neurodiversity. She takes that passion to help our world be more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities. Her personal and professional experiences allow her to bring unique insight and perspective across different professions and settings.

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