Show Notes

Discover what’s possible when kindness starts with one. 

Our guests today are mother and son, Sandy and Ben Hartranft. An Autistic Self-Advocate and public speaker, Ben visits schools, businesses, and organizations with the message of spreading kindness and inclusion. Sandy's book Swinging From The Chandelier: Finding Joy In The Journey Through Autism was published in 2022.

In today’s conversation, we discuss:

  • Ben learning about his autism

  • How the right speech therapist opened up doors for communication

  • Ben’s special interests

  • His experience being a guest on The Ellen Show and participating in The Price is Right

  • Challenges autistic people face when looking for a job

  • What employers can do to accommodate autistic employees

  • Ben’s company Benergy and his takeaway messages for students

  • What Ben wishes people understood about him

  • His dating experiences

  • Why Sandy’s blog is titled “Ben’s kite string”

  • What Sandy wishes she’d learnt sooner about motherhood

To learn more about Ben and Sandy Hartranft, please visit


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