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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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.

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:
Twitter handle: @ExMinds
Animation Reel 2017
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:

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:
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. 
Sep 30, 2017

This week, JJ has a epileptic seizure and discuss its connection to autism.

Sep 24, 2017

Ep. 105: Graham is on the high seas, JJ is blowing kisses to dad.

Sep 10, 2017

We cover a great article in the NY Times about a person with Autism who exceeded his parents expectations.

Sometimes it seems we are not able to track the progress people will make and we don't have realistic exceptions...our expectations are too low.

Sep 7, 2017

This week we discuss how no one person speaks for the whole Autism community.

Also Kirk finishes up at the Edinburgh fringe, and the reviews are in...we discuss.




Aug 23, 2017

This week we talk to Dr. Lord from the Center for the Autism and Developing Brain.  They have a large study opening up.  You can be a part.

The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) teamed up with the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) to share information about a new research study called SPARK. SPARK is a free online study with a simple mission: to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. SPARK aims to be the largest study of its kind with the goal of building a community of 50,000 individuals with autism and their families across the nation. The entire autism community is encouraged to participate, including adults and children diagnosed with autism, as well as their biological parents and siblings. By joining SPARK, you’re helping accelerate research to find causes and treatments for autism. Additionally, you will receive: updates on the latest research; access to experts who will arm you with information to help address daily situations; results from the analysis of your or your family’s DNA, in the event that you opt to receive this information and a genetic cause for autism is identified; individuals with autism will receive gift cards valued at up to a total of $50 for participation.  To learn more about SPARK and register online via a secure portal, visit

Aug 20, 2017

This week, Peter gets more jobs and is doing great.  Kirk is in Sweden to see JJ.  JJ decides to shave his own head, pictures on Kirk's instagram.

Aug 14, 2017

Unbelievable we have done 100 episodes,  This week we talk about some of our favorite moments.  Thank you so much for the support, we love you guys.

Aug 9, 2017

In the news, there are scams targeting people with Autism.  Also Graham does not want to go on a romantic getaway with Peter to the Bahamas and Graham is flustered with Kirk's disroganization


Jul 28, 2017

This week we talk about the link between grandma's smoking and their grandkids autism.


Also we talk about links between autism and Schizophrenia.

Jul 25, 2017

This week, Naoki Higashida the author of The Reason I Jump.

Jul 10, 2017

Graham talk about Peter (Kirk is on Hiatus). Also we interview Peter.  

Jul 5, 2017

This week we have terrible news.  Lorena JJ's mom passed away unexpectedly.  Hug your family.

Jun 12, 2017

Our final interview from the conference, Jill interviews Renee Gardner, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.  Also Kirk is sick and does not make any sense.

Jun 3, 2017

This week Jill Esher travels to San Francisco to attend the International meeting for Autism research.  We have interviews of:

Dr. Tom Frazier, new chief science officer for Autism Speaks


Dr. David Amaral, research director at the UC Davis MIND Institute

Dr. Thomas Avino, UC Davis, discussing Autism BrainNet

I hope you enjoy this weeks special episode about the brain.



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