My name is Courtney, and I’m an autistic adult trying to navigate life as independently as possible. I have experience in both being on the spectrum, as well as helping raise my younger brother before I left for university. I am engaged to my best friend, who is also autistic. I have several other disabilities and chronic illnesses that require me to use a cane/wheelchair, and am also a part-time AAC user (I use an iPad to communicate sometimes).
Currently, I’m attempting my Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Family Studies. At my university, I founded and am currently President of our Neurodiversity Club. I am also a McNair Scholar as of summer 2019 and considering pursuing a PhD in Sociology or Disability studies!
My past experience includes being the volunteer Teen and Adult Social Scene Coordinator for the local Autism Society’s community center. I also led workshops and presentations on autism and related topics. I’ve been a past participant in the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network’s Autism Campus Inclusion program as well.
Currently, I occasionally facilitate events with Tri-Cities Autism Social Club that I created in early summer 2018. I am also the current facilitator for the Chattanooga Autism Center’s Tri-Cities Women and Non-binary Support Group. I’m currently preparing for participating in the Partners in Policymaking program here in Tennessee, too.
I do some public speaking and try to help provide other autistic people and their families with resources and advice. When I’m not busy with classes, organizations, or doctor appointments, I’m usually napping with my cat.
I created this blog in order to form a comprehensive and helpful resource for autistic people and their families. I also occasionally vent and generally just document life as an autistic adult. Welcome to the website; I hope it helps!