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Kochmeister is an autistic writer and activist, in the community since the 90s, and was once president of the Autism National Committee. She is a nonverbal AAC user, and has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

She has been put in a nursing home against her and her family's wishes, and it sounds like the state of CO is trying to get guardianship of her, claiming her parents have neglected her. Her parents say the claim comes from misunderstanding of her medical issues:



Note: even if Kochmeister's family was neglecting her, federal law in the US (Olmstead) says that disabled people are to be served in the least restrictive environment possible, with as much community integration as possible. By law, Kochmeister should be getting support to live in the community with another caretaker in that scenario, not automatically sent to an institutional setting where she doesn't want to be. People as severely disabled as her often live independently or semi-independently with the right assistance.

Also, by all accounts, she's not legally mentally incompetent and therefore doesn't need guardianship, which would strip her of most of her rights as an adult.
Via http://autisticadvocacy.tumblr.com/post/118378835766/calling-all-autistic-writers

Are you Autistic? Have you written a book? Do you want someone to buy your book?

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (South Bay chapter) is looking for books about Autistic culture, the Autistic community, and autism itself. With very few exceptions, we want to find books from writers who are themselves Autistic. This project is sponsored by the Pacific Alliance on Disability Self-Advocacy, matching donations from a crowdfunding campaign beginning after the submission deadline.

How it works

▪    If we select your book(s) to be included in the project, ASAN will purchase a number of copies from you. If you are not already published, we will work with you to find an appropriate printing service. In either case, YOU retain all intellectual property rights.
▪    If you are so generous, we are also happy to accept copies given to us for free. ASAN is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and therefore donations in the United States are tax-deductible.
▪    These books will then be donated to public libraries in Southern California, with a commemorative event calling attention to the donation.
▪    Initially the number of copies will be approximately 5-10, but through selling some of the books and other merchandise along with good old-fashioned donations, we hope to make the event a recurring one, and buy more from you!
▪    This project also includes books from outside of this call for submissions, such as our own Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking.

Why are we doing this?

The current state of portrayals of autism in literature is similar to the state of cultural opinions and advocacy organizations: Regardless of whether you search at a regional center, a college campus, or a public library, you will be hard-pressed to find even one book written by an Autistic writer, expounding positive messages about autism and celebrating Autistic culture. Instead, the dominant message is that autism is a medical disorder, in need of treatment so that the individual can somehow change to being neurotypical or at least stop displaying the perks of autism.

The pitiful, fearful, and hateful medical view of autism is what has led to social exclusion, support of anti-autism hate groups, the state-sponsored abuse known as ABA therapy, and self-hatred through internalized ableism. Messages advocating instead for autism acceptance benefit professionals such as therapists, parents, friends, and most importantly autistic people ourselves.

Ideally the medically minded books wouldn’t exist, and Autistic culture would be the only message. Unfortunately we in the autism rights movement are working against a reality of the opposite: ONLY the medical model is available. By at least providing the opposing perspective, we can shift our surrounding culture in the direction of acceptance.

Submission guidelines

1. You must self-identify as Autistic or as having Asperger’s. (Diagnosis NOT required)
2. You must be the creator or intellectual property owner of all contents of the book, or have explicit permission to submit the work to this project.
3. Your book does not need to be published, but does need to be finished by the submission deadline. If your book is fully written but needs illustrations, we would like to negotiate arranging illustrators with you on a case-by-case basis.
4. We are looking for a specific type of book. Please do not submit any autobiographical books or any works of fiction.
5. Due to limited resources, we are only accepting submissions written in English at this time.
6. You may submit more than one book.
7. If you and your book meet the above criteria, please submit your name, an autobiography of any length, the title of your book(s), a synopsis of the book(s), and a digital copy of at least 10% of the book(s) to the Southern California chapter leader at DTObejas@gmail.com. The reason we ask for a digital copy is so that we can screen it for quality and relevance.
8. In your autobiography, please also specify if you live in Southern California, or if you are able to visit Southern California later in 2015. Where you live does not affect the likelihood that we will accept your submission, but we want to know who we can contact to arrange possible signings and live readings.

Example submission (feel free to copy from it)
Subject: ASAN book project
Dear ASAN,
Here’s my submission for the book project.
Name: John Doe
Autobiography: John Doe is a 31-year-old Autistic writer living in London with his husband, daughter, and three cats. He discovered the Autistic community through a local support group. John works for a newspaper but really wants to make novels for a living.
Title: The Ins and Outs of Coming Out
Synopsis: This book offers strategies, safety precautions, and personal anecdotes for Autistic teens and adults deciding if, when, and how to disclose their autism. Each chapter focuses on a different context, from family to friends, to coworkers, to complete strangers.
See attached PDF for a three-chapter excerpt.

Submit to: DTObejas@gmail.com
Deadline: Monday, June 8, 2015
Via http://oliviaszines.tumblr.com/post/114671080479/call-for-submissions-autistic-self-care-and

"So I finally got around to writing the official call for submissions for the autistic self care zine! My testing-the-waters post got a lot of interest, so here it is!

This zine is a compilation zine by and for autistic people on autistic self care and intra-community support.
As an autistic person who occasionally struggles with executive function and “autistic inertia,” sometimes the typical self care advice just doesn’t work for me. I’ve found that getting other people to guide me or tell me to do something is helpful, and I’d be willing to return the favor, so this is an important subject to me. I’d like to explore the ways that autistic community can make the results of working together greater than the sum of our individual efforts.

Also, I’ve noticed that most self care advice tends to be directed at allistic people, and I can’t find much tailored specifically to autistic people. Sometimes the things I think would be helpful, like requesting support for supposedly “easy” tasks, are seen as awkward, taboo, or immature, often leading to me avoiding asking them of allistic people. I think all of these things deserve more dialogue to bring them into the open and provide useful advice to fellow autistics.

Possible Submission Topics:
•    Building support networks in autistic community
•    Dealing with depression and anxiety as an autistic person
•    Autistic inertia and self care
•    Addressing barriers to self care
•    Making self care manageable
•    Sensory self care
•    How we can help each other care for ourselves
•    And anything else you can think of!

•    You must be autistic (on the autism spectrum) to submit. Self-diagnosed people are welcome. If I’m low on submissions, I may accept pieces from people with similar issues to those faced by autistics, such as allistic people with ADHD or SPD.
•    You must be over the age of 13 to submit.
•    Keep things SFW (safe for work, no explicit content)
•    Try to keep submissions a reasonable length (probably under 10 pages)
•    This should go without saying, but refrain from including sexist, racist, heterosexist, cissexist, ableist, or otherwise bigoted material in your submissions.
•    Please don’t use functioning labels in your pieces. Also, avoid talking about Autism Speaks.
•    You can include an “about the author” section with links to blogs, etsy shops, etc.
•    You may submit multiple pieces.
•    Submissions will be edited lightly for spelling and grammar. If I think something else should be changed, I’ll contact the author
•    No poetry, please.
•    Art submissions are okay if they include text.

Important Stuff:
By submitting, you are giving me permission to include your work in this zine. The zine will have a free pdf version released online (including a version that will work with screenreaders) and maybe a print version to be sold online. Authors retain copyright to their submissions.
Tentative Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2015
To Submit: Email me your submission at metaparadox11 (at) gmail (dot) com

If you want, you can also submit through Tumblr (I’m here at oliviaszines and paradoxnow, my personal blog.) Feel free to ask me questions.

In case you’re curious, I’m a 22 year old autistic (diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome) girl who is still fairly new to the autistic community (it took a long time to find someone who would take me seriously enough to diagnose me) and the world of zines (which are now my strongest special interest.) If you have any advice from either side, I’d love to hear it!
- Olivia"

"I wrote my book to change the way nonverbal autism is understood. There are lots of smart, trapped people who don't have the means to show their intelligence yet and they receive the most boring, rudimentary education imaginable. I did, too, and I escaped because I was finally taught how to type my thoughts."

Nonverbal autistic author Ido Kedar discusses his life and how he came to write his book, Ido in Autismland, in this Dec. 2013 interview. Read more at http://www.kveller.com/interview-with-interesting-jews-ido-kedar-17-year-old-author-of-ido-in-autismland/

Two anthologies seeking autistic authors

Please only submit to either of these projects if you yourself are autistic (or, for the first one, nonverbal/mostly nonverbal for other reasons).

Typed Words, Loud Voices is seeking submissions from people who do not use oral speech as their main form of communication. The editors are autistic, and the primary focus seems to be on nonverbal/mostly nonverbal autistic people, but people who are nonverbal/mostly nonverbal for other reasons are welcome too.

Writers can use their own names, or pseudonyms. They can submit up to 3 pieces, prose or poetry. There's a 3000-word limit per piece. The main topic should have something to do with discussing typing as communication. Reprints of previously published work are okay, as long as the writer owns rights to the piece.

Pieces that are pro-cure, anti-vaccination, "pro-therapies that seek to change who we are", or that use/approve of "high/low functioning" labels will NOT be considered.

This is a non-paying market; writers will be credited.

Submissions go to typedwordsbook@gmail.com. Include a brief biographical statement. Underage writers must include written permission from a parent/guardian. Deadline: October 1, 2014.

More info at http://typedwordsloudvoices.blogspot.com


The Autism Women's Network is accepting submissions for their as-yet-untitled anthology on autism and race.

Anyone who identifies as both non-white and on the autism spectrum is eligible to contribute.

The main theme of this anthology will be the intersection of autism and race/ethnicity. A list of suggested topics is at the link below, but writers are not limited to the topics on this list.

Writers can use their own names or pseudonyms. They can submit multiple pieces. Reprints of previously published work are okay as long as the writer owns rights to the piece.

This is a non-paying market; writers will be credited.

Submissions go to Lydia Brown at lydia@autistichoya.com. Deadline: November 15, 2014. Writers will be informed of their status by December 1.

More info at http://autismwomensnetwork.org/autism-race-anthology/, or email Lydia Brown with any questions.
 "Autism has let me dive headfirst into all of my talents — my art, my writing, my reading and all my silly-serious obsessions. It let me smear charcoal across paper and form portraits so spot-on they brought people to tears. It let me race my fingers across the keyboard and create words and worlds that ended up on bookshelves worldwide. Autism let me explore me. So why shouldn't I be glad?"

Corrine Duyvis, author of the YA SF novel Otherbound, discusses how being autistic has made her into the writer - and person - she is. Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/aug/17/autism-helped-me-become-author-corinne-duyvis

Special Topics: Autistic Women & Girls

Books by autistic people that are geared specifically toward autistic women and girls. Includes self-help/psychology books, and anthologies specializing in the stories/work of female autistics.

Autobiographies by individual autistic women and girls are listed under "Autobiography".

Last updated Jul. 20 2014

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Special Topics: Parenting While Autistic

Books about parenting while autistic, written by autistic parents. These books are either primarily about parenting while autistic, or include large sections about parenting while autistic.

(This is not a list of books about parenting autistic children, although there is some overlap.)

Last updated Jul. 20 2014

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Many people seem to be looking for fiction about autistic people written by autistic people, hence this:

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Last updated Sept. 2 2013

This information is subject to change as more authors and titles are added, and more information is determined about already listed ones.

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