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Autastic: A Comedians Guide to Autism

Autism is not all gloom and doom. A weekly podcast about the lighter side of living with Autism. The Autastic Podcast is hosted by Graham Kay and Kirk Smith who are both comedians living in Los Angeles. Kirk has a teenaged son with Autism and Graham has an autistic adult brother. Together they talk about the lighter side of living with and coping with autism.
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Apr 24, 2018

Pro Baseball player with Autism signs with the Royals.  Reggie Sanders was integral in putting together a program for people with autism.

 

Also a Chicago genetics study allows you to participate in a new study.

 

Apr 18, 2018

New studies into pain receptors and Peter calls in.

Honestly this just highlights the need for more research.

 

Apr 9, 2018

Letter we get letters, we get lots and lots of letters.

 

Rooms in the NBA for people with Autism.

 

Mar 23, 2018

Whose autism diagnosis get overlooked the most?

 

Also JJ loves his Spark and Peter tries lemon water.

 

 

Mar 17, 2018
This week, we talk about how does autism affect sleep.  Also a podcast says, Feral children from accient times were children with autism?
 
Also should Kirk but a motorcycle?
 
 
Mar 12, 2018

This week we cover an article from a mother who refuses to call her son high functioning.

Mar 5, 2018

This week we talk about life expectancy of people who are severely ASD.

Mar 1, 2018

Study on Ultrasounds and autism shows there is not a connection.

 

Also we read your letters.

Feb 20, 2018

This week someone else gives their child bleach as a treatment for Autism.  PLEASE do not do this.

Feb 16, 2018

Study discusses the connection between autism and Bi-polar. 

 

Also Peter makes Graham dinner.

Feb 9, 2018

This week Peter's Mom Constance Graham stops but and we chit chat.

Jan 31, 2018

Being bilingual helps improv your mind according to the news.

Also, Peter moving to Alcohol free beer?

Jan 27, 2018

This week Kirk is on a Spanish Radio Program about Autism in Guayaquil Ecuador.  

 

Next week we will be back with a regular autastic episode.

Jan 27, 2018

Scientist discover genes play a roll in weight gain and Autism.

Jan 8, 2018

We interview a couple that runs a radio program about autism in Ecuador.

Dec 29, 2017

Spoilers: we talk about Star wars this week

Dec 21, 2017

This week is the Christmas episode and Peter has a boys night out.

Dec 9, 2017

This week we discuss Larry David's curbed your enthusiasm and Peter loses his job. :(

Nov 29, 2017

Graham says this is our best episode ever!  

Jill Escher, our roving reporter, recently attended the Autism Law Summit, an annual event hosted by Autism Speaks, that focuses on creating mandates for autism insurance coverage in every state, an effort that's been incredibly successful so far. She talked with two of the participants about the work they do in their states, Washington and Massachusetts.

 
Names:
Arzu Forough WASHINGTON AUTISM ALLIANCE & ADVOCACY
Catherine Boyle, Autism Housing Pathways, Massachusetts.
Nov 21, 2017

The new play Uncommon sense.

Nov 21, 2017

Peter loses 2 pounds.  We talk about The Good Doctor and Atypical. 

Oct 30, 2017

This week we talk about addiction as it related to Autism.

Oct 20, 2017

This week we talk to the CEO of Exceptional Minds Ernie Merlan and student there Andrew Turney.

Ernie Merlan, Executive Director Exceptional Minds received “Excellence in Education Award”
Andrew Turney, student of the program (Dee can you fill in a description of Andrew here?) 
 
web site: http://www.exceptionalmindsstudio.org
Twitter handle: @ExMinds
 
Videos: 
Animation Reel 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=WovIZBTrVXM
Oct 15, 2017
We interview Jeanette Betancourt from Sesame St. , who's show was just recognized for their work with the disabled community.
 
Sesame Workshop received “Community & Progress Award”
 
Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop 

o   She directs the development and implementation of community and family engagement initiatives making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Dr. Betancourt created programs in adult learning and early childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a licensed bilingual speech and language pathologist and educational therapist. 

o   For nearly fifty years, Sesame Workshop has developed educational programs and resources for children from low-income families. Grounded in research, the organization has led the way for educational and entertainment industries to celebrate inclusion. Through the show Sesame Street, the organization has provided the tools and language for children and adults to talk about disability and diversity in a way that promotes acceptance. 

Meet Julia video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKCdV20zLMs

Oct 13, 2017
This week we attend the DRLC event at Fox Studios.
 
We interview Maronel Barajas, Director of Litigation at the DRLC (Disability Rights Legal Center) and Sarah Herrlinger from Apple.

o   Maronel supervises all litigation efforts by DRLC. Throughout her career, she has worked on complex civil rights cases in the areas of disability law, housing, education and employment and has been litigating disability rights cases exclusively for approximately 10 years.

web site link: http://drlcenter.org
Twitter handle: @DisabilityRLC
 
Sarah Herrlinger, Director, Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives
Apple was awarded the “Business and Technology” Award from DRLC (Disability Rights Legal Center)

o   For more than 30 years, Apple has provided innovative solutions for people with disabilities. Apple’s built-in accessibility features make them powerful and affordable assistive devices, drastically simplifying the buying process and learning curve for users with disabilities. By including these features within mainstream products, Apple has cleared the way for more advancements in this important field, opening up countless possibilities for people to be creative, collaborative and independent. We cannot be more honored to recognize them for their commitment to the disability community.

 

 
Apple Videos links:
 
Sady - Accessibility 
 
Designed for Meera P. 
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