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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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. (This one may resonate well w/your Autism audience)
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.

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.



May 27, 2017

This week we discuss a new genetic study identifying 40 new intelligence genes and makes a connection to Autism.

May 18, 2017

Part 2 of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This week we interview the CEO of Enuma, Sooinn Lee.



May 5, 2017

We hear Lorena's side of the story.  She tells us her side of this.

Apr 24, 2017

Sesame Street gets a character with Autism: Julia. We talk about Frank Campagna who writes a blog called Autism dad.

Apr 22, 2017

🎶Letters, we get letters, we get lots and lots of letters. 🎶 Leeetttttters. 🎵🎶.  We read your letters and we also we talk to Peter

Apr 17, 2017

JJ's new places great!  Talking Swedish accents.  Peter is journaling/calendaring.  Swedish accents. Dating resources for people on the spectrum. 

Apr 10, 2017

Kids not appreciating parents, Peter beats Graham at Bowling…again and again.


Being friends with people from different backgrounds.


Mar 2, 2017

This week we score a short interview with Temple Grandin courtesy of Jill Escher.

Feb 23, 2017

Kirk gives an update of one man show in Australia.  Graham braves the frozen tundra of the north.  Graham and Peter go Bowling...Peter wins then chats up a girl.

Teaching Improv to people with Autism.  When JJ’s tried he’ll say, “Good day to you" and leave.Letters we get letters


Jan 19, 2017

This week JJ drives with his dad from Sweden to Germany taking the Ferry in Denmark.  Peter reviews Rouge One with Graham...And Graham remind his mom he is a grown man.

Jan 8, 2017

This week Kirk interviews Meg Fields who talks about her recreational center for adults with Autism.  Also she discusses with boys shower if there are girls around.

Jan 1, 2017

This week Kirk interviews Dana Hooper.  Dana is setting up housing in the bay area.  

Dec 25, 2016

This week Kirk interviews Emily Iland who helps train people with Autism to interact with people and Police to understand people with Autism.  

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