Julia Bascom
Senior Advisor

Julia Bascom
Julia Bascom serves as Executive Director at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Previously, she did state-level work in her home state of New Hampshire, where she served on the DD council and co-led an inter-agency team to revitalize self-advocacy within the state. Julia edited Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, an anthology of writings by autistic people, and currently serves on the Centene National Disability Advisory Council, the advisory board of Felicity House, and the board of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and the board of Allies For Independence.


  • Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking (8 December 2012) (editor)
  • And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance (28 March 2013) (editor)
  • The Obsessive Joy of Autism (21 May 2015)


Julie Roberts

Julie A. Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP, Founder of Therapist Neurodiversity Collective;
ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist practicing since 1999:

Julie is a late-diagnosed Autistic speech-language pathologist. Therapist Neurodiversity Collective was founded by Julie in January 2018 to support her vision to serve Autistic and other Neurodivergent people and their families by providing free access to a worldwide directory of credentialed and licensed pro-neurodiversity-focused therapists, and advocating for radical changes in therapy practices to be non-behavioral-based, and reflect the use of methodologies and models which presume competence, are non-trauma inducing, and respect human rights, dignity, and sensory preferences. Throughout her career, she has served in various healthcare settings with both pediatric and adult populations and has held key healthcare leadership positions, including National Field Director of Corporate Compliance, and Multi-state Regional Clinical Director for the nation’s largest provider of rehab post-acute care. Julie is a frequent writer about disability rights and empathetic therapy practices. Her articles and educational resources have reached well over three-quarters of a million people and are frequently cited in other presentations and articles. Julie is a passionate human rights advocate and activist. 

Discourse Processes, A Multidisciplinary Journal, Volume 30, Number 3 – “Repetition in Narratives of African Americans: The Effects of Aphasia” – Hanna K. Ulatowska, Gloria Streit Olness, CaSaundra L. Hill, Julie A. Roberts, and Molly W. Keebler

The E.C. Barksdale Memorial Essays in History 1993-1994, Volume 13 – First Place: M.M. McKnight Award in Texas Labor History – “Harry Weisbrod and the Founding of the American Federation of Government Employee Lodge 2132, Dallas, Texas, 1962”

Performative Neurodiversity – the appropriation and watering down of a Human Rights Movement for profit
So an SLP was late-diagnosed as Autistic this week…
Nothing about Social Skills Training is Neurodivergence-Affirming – Absolutely nothing.
Why We Model Language and Honor All Communication, instead of Using PECS®
On Writing Masking Goals for Autistic Middle School Girls – Stop It!
Finding the Right Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) For Your Autistic Child – Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
Why Perspective-Taking and Neurodiversity Acceptance? (Part 2 of “Training” Social Skills is Dehumanizing: The One with the Therapy Goals)
The Problem with PECS®
“Training” Social Skills is Dehumanizing (Part 1)
A Letter from an SLP to a Parent, Immediately After an Autism Diagnosis for a 5-Year-Old
An ASHA Certified SLP’s Personal Perspective on Collaboration, Interprofessional Practice and ABA

Speaking Engagements
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective Facebook
Bayou City Speech & Language

Kieran Rose
Senior Advisor

Kieran Rose

Kieran Rose is an academically and mainstream published Author and International Public Speaker, whose essays and blogs at www.theautisticadvocate.com have been read by over 1.5 million people.

With a background in SEND Education and service delivery for children and adults, Kieran delivers his own specialist Autism and Neurodiversity training to families and Professionals; and provides private consultancy for charities and organisations across the world. Kieran values the importance of equality-based collaboration between the Autistic Community and non-Autistic Charities, organisations and people who listen, are invested in the Neurodiversity paradigm and social change; and recognise that those with different neurologies need supported in ways that recognise and accept their differences and refrain from normalisation.

He is Founder of The Autistic Cooperative, an International network and lobbying group for Autistic Professionals and Advocates; Managing Director of the Social enterprise Infinite Autism, which supports Autistic people and families through funded partnership working in the North East of England; and is Neurodivergence Educator for the US based Occupational Therapy charity the Star Institute for Sensory Processing.

Alongside consulting on various research papers, Kieran is co-producing research into different areas including Autistic Masking, Victimisation; and Monotropism and Autistic Identity with his research partner, Developmental Psychologist Dr. Amy Pearson. He has a co-produced published paper on Autistic Masking with Dr. Pearson; and another one on Masking in the publication process with Dr. Louise Chapman. Kieran is also a published research partner with the Institute of Leadership and Management on the experiences of Neurodivergent people in employment. He has lectured at Universities across the UK and is also a PHD supervisor for Durham University.

Kieran was diagnosed as Autistic in 2003; and is married to Michelle, who is a Neurodivergent Marketing consultant and Public Speaker. Together they have three children, an Autistic boy, a Neurodivergent boy, and an Autistic girl with a range of complex needs. 

He has a wide range of co-occurring conditions, debilitating sensory issues, is also Selectively Mute, and is still just as Autistic now as he was when he was a child.

Published Research:
A Conceptual Analysis of Autistic Masking: Understanding the Narrative of Stigma and the Illusion of Choice
Amy Pearson and Kieran Rose.Autism in Adulthood.
Online Ahead of Print: January 22, 2021


Read more about Kieran in this recent interview.

Caroline Braun
Therapy Advisor

Caroline Braun, MS, CCC-SLP
Feeding Trauma Advocacy Project Chair

Caroline is an autistic speech-language pathologist specializing in the treatment of complex motor speech, language, and feeding disorders. Her experiences with neurodivergent adults and children in medical and educational settings inspired her to start a private practice to provide neurodiversity-affirming care as an alternative to the behaviorally based clinics prevalent in her area. Caroline received her bachelor’s degree in English and enjoys combining her love of writing and passion for respectful therapy to contribute to the neurodiversity movement. She is an aspiring researcher with a special interest in responsive feeding therapy and affirming parent-mediated interventions. She is currently providing services near Baltimore, Maryland. 


Caroline Braun, M.S. CCC-SLP
The Autistic Feeding Therapist

Case Study in Neurodiversity-Affirming Care: A Toddler with Childhood Apraxia of Speech
They refuse to work. So now what? Just let them become unemployed and play Fortnite and eat Cheetos all day?
A Parent’s Guide to Respectful Feeding Therapy – Part 1
A Parent’s Guide to Respectful Feeding Therapy: Part 2

Amy Grant
Senior Advisor

Amy Grant, M.S., CCC-SLP.
Pronouns: she/her. Owner and Director Therapy Center of Buda; ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005

After gaining experience in early childhood intervention and outpatient pediatric care, Amy opened the Therapy Center of Buda in 2009, which serves the neurodivergent pediatric population through an interdisciplinary team of speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.  Amy serves as the Clinic Director and lead SLP, and supervises assistants and administrative staff.  She practices family-centered, child-led therapy that embraces the neurodiversity paradigm, with a foundational dedication to serving her clients and families with compassion and respect as well as advocating for human rights for all. Amy received extensive training on administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and provides assistance to pediatricians and neurologists in identifying Autism from the unique perspective of a neurodivergent SLP that embraces neurodiversity. She has a particular interest in empowering others to self-advocate and providing access to alternative forms of communication without prerequisites.  Core aspects of her practice include: providing counsel, access, and support for families to apply for social services and grants; helping caregivers to maneuver the school system and empowering them to be strong advocates for their child and/or themselves, and providing education to families about diagnoses, the neurodiversity paradigm, and evidence-based therapies.

Website: www.therapycenterofbuda.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/TCOBuda/
Twitter: @TherapyCntrBuda
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amygrantslp

Kate McLaughlin
Therapy Advisor

Kate McLaughlin, M.S., CCC-SLP: AAC Advisor

Kate is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for individuals with complex communication needs. She believes that autonomous communication, inclusion, and self-determination are fundamental human rights. She partners with Autistic people and their families to support their AAC journey. Kate is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and holds licensure as a speech-language pathologist in the state of Connecticut. Kate is in private practice in Connecticut (AAC Services of CT) providing direct therapy and consultative services for individuals with complex communication needs.

Website: www.theaaccoach.com
Facebook Page: The AAC Coach
Facebook Group: The AAC Coach Files

Barry Nathan Contributer

Barry R. Nathan, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan is an industrial-organizational psychologist.  Much of his past work has been as a researcher or consultant on organizational culture, employee selection, and performance management.  However, over the past five years, he has committed himself to corporate diversity and inclusion, and autism.  He became interested in autism through his wife, Janice Nathan, MS., CCC-SLP, whose private practice specializes in working with autistic individuals,  and whose brother is autistic.  With Janice, he is co-author of Building Reasoning and Problem-solving Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Thinking in Speech® Intervention (2018), from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

Barry’s autism research includes  “Turning Behavior and Anxiety into Communication for Social Problem-Solving by Thinking in Speech®,”  a study presented at the 12th Annual International Autism Europe Congress, in Nice, France (November 2019); and two current funded research projects, Addressing Autism in African American Families,” with Dr. Valire Carr Copeland of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and  “Neurocognitive Therapy for Children with Autism,” with Dr. Barbara Baumann of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry in School of Medicine.  Barry was the facilitator of a panel discussion onAutism and the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” presented at the 2019 University of Pittsburgh School of Education Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF), and a co-presenter with Jamie Upshaw, M.S., Executive Director of Autism Urban Connections Inc., at the 2019 Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit, “Addressing Autism in the Black Community: Autism Urban Connections, Inc.”  Barry is the author of the following blogs on the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s website, which have been read by thousands:

Rebuttal to critique of “ABA is NOT Effective: So says the Latest Report from the Department of Defense”
ABA is NOT Effective: So says the Latest Report from the Department of Defense
Fundamental Research Problems with the ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorders (BCS-ASD)