Show Notes


This roundtable discussion with our Global Autism Community was originally released on January 20, 2022. We're re-releasing it today to show the wide range of interests within our community!

What are some of your special interests? We’d love to hear from you over in our online Global Autism Community! Sign up today at Let’s work together to transform how the world relates to autism.


Discover what’s possible when you trust your interests. 

Happy New Year! 

I want to kick off 2022 with a fun episode about special interests. This week’s release is a recording of one of our Global Autism Community exclusive events, featuring autism self-advocates Thomas Iland, Mary Johnston, Ryan Litchfield, Jeff Snyder and David Sharif, as well as community moderator Kia Burton. 

In today’s conversation, we discuss:

  • Fanfiction

  • Animals

  • Painting

  • Traveling

  • Advocacy

  • Batman

  • Star Wars 

Roundtable discussions like the one you’ll hear today are open exclusively for members of our online Global Autism Community. We select a different theme each month, and our moderators monitor posts daily to ensure that our online space remains safe and respectful. If you’d like to attend and participate in any of our future events, you can sign up today at


The Benefits of Special Interests in Autism


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