Meet the Authors for Respectfully Connected

Ally Grace

Ally Grace

Ally is an autistic woman. She lives with her autistic partner and their 4 autistic children, in Australia. They are an unschooling, no punishment family, with dreams to travel around the country. Ally strongly believes in challenging the pathology paradigm of autism. She blogs about rejecting conventional autism assumptions, her family, challenging social norms around raising children, unschooling, and being autistic.

Amy Bean

Amy Bean

Amy is a mum to two children in a neurodiverse family, a youth worker and devoted chocolate consumer. New to the autistic community, with her eldest identified autistic in July 2014, Amy has found that autistic voices have been her biggest ally in understanding her son and being able to provide him the support and understanding he needs. Amy feels strongly about neurodiversity, ableism and challenging the myths around autism. Passionate about respectful and gentle parenting, social justice issues, and children’s rights, Amy looks forward to discovering more about her neurodivergent self.

Briannon Lee

Briannon Lee

Briannon is a queer and multiply neurodivervent writer and changemaker who lives in Australia with her wife and three children. All of her family are also neurodivergent. Briannon is invested in work that supports and creates acceptance for families like her own. Right now this includes writing, consulting with non-profits, supporting other families with neurodivergent children, and leadership roles with disability advocacy and support organisations. A social worker and scientist, Briannon has a background working in community organisations, including supporting marginalised families.

You can connect with Briannon at briannonlee.com

Cat Walker

Cat Walker

Cat Walker is an autistic writer who lives in the US with her neurodivergent family. She enjoys spending her days learning at home with her children. Cat is a voracious reader of fiction who probably drinks too much coffee and kombucha. Cat is new to advocacy and is a firm believer that all children deserve to be raised with respect and kindness without the use of threats or manipulation.

Court Alice Thatcher

Court Alice Thatcher

Court is an autistic parent to three wonderful and spirited children, all of whom identify as autistic. Court is extremely passionate about intersectionality, body autonomy, and children‘s rights. Court’s multiply neurodivergent family learns and thrives in the freedom of a radical unschooling life. Court is against punishment and behavior modification and feels strongly that children flourish when treated with unconditional love, respect and compassion.

Jaime Franco

Jaime Franco

Jaime is a mama to 4 in southern Australia who enjoys all things crafty. With some members of the family being neurotypical and others neurodivergent, she and her husband have chosen to take all in stride and joyfully respect every individuals needs without behaviour modification therapies.

Leia Solo

Leia Solo

Leia and her neurodiverse family live in Australia, where they enjoy sharing special interests together and very occasionally venturing out to quiet places. Leia is a social worker, academic and founding member of Autistic Families International.

Meg Murry

Meg Murry

Meg is a writer and artist who lives in the Midwest United States with her husband Calvin and sons Charles and Sandy. They are an unschooling family who are not currently participating in any therapy programs. Meg and Charles are both Autistic, while Calvin and Sandy are not.

Michelle Sutton

Michelle Sutton

Michelle is an Australian writer and neurodiversity rights advocate, with a background in education and psychology. Michelle lives in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with her Husband, 6 Children, dog, two cats, and an undisclosed number of chickens. Michelle and her family choose an eclectic mix of strategies (none of which include behaviour modification therapies) to help them live well with their varying diagnoses of Bipolar, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Depression and Anxiety.

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

American-born to immigrant parents, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is an autistic woman in multicultural, neurodiverse, serodifferent family of color. Morénike, a community advocate, writer, mom, and educator, is a firm believer in neurodiversity and responsive, relationship-based parenting. She has years of nonprofit experience and is involved in several social justice activism endeavors including including HIV-related advocacy, disability rights, technology and learning, research, gender and racial justice, and promoting inclusion. In addition to Respectfully Connected and her blogs "Just Being Me...Who Needs ‘Normalcy’ Anyway?" and "Advocacy Without Borders" Morénike has also been featured in numerous blogs, magazines, and other platforms.

Naomi Callaghan

Naomi Callaghan

Naomi is an advocate for inclusion and intersectionality. She is an autistic mother of three, one of whom is also autistic. Her passions are gardening, crochet, feminism, sustainability, and the apparently odd notion that all children deserve love and acceptance for who they are.

Sophie’s Trains

Sophie’s Trains

Sophie‘s Trains is an introverted mom of four kids, on the constant journey toward living mindfully and with kindness to all, including (or especially) children. This leads her to often question conventional wisdom and mainstream approaches. Following her third daughter Sophie’s autism diagnosis she found herself at odds with popular long-held beliefs regarding autism and what constitutes "normal" or desirable behaviours and interests. So her family forges their own path paved with love, compassion and mutual respect and understanding.