As Thomas, a longtime I CAN mentee-now-mentor explains,

“The more people who hear positive things about Autism when they are young, the better chance we have of building a world that is inclusive.”

It is never too soon to introduce children to respectful representations of Autism and to showcase Autistic voices.

Below are some of our favourite resources (list not exhaustive). Many of these resources have been highlighted on our Facebook page in previous posts.


♦ From Dr. Wenn Lawson, a wonderful “TedB” talk on What It Means To Be Autistic. Geared toward Autistic young people.

♦ From Reframing Autism, How To Talk To Children About Autism, a step-by-step guide on how to introduce and normalise differences from a very young age and help Autistic children embrace who they are. This webinar includes many references to additional resources. A shorter, accessible overview can be found here.

Many Autistic young people find it helpful and reassuring to learn from the stories of other Autistic young people. Here are some of those stories:

♦ From the I CAN team, our Humans On The Autism Spectrum series offers insights and advice from Autistic members of our network. Our 2020 series featured soon-to-be and recent school leavers.

♦ The 2011 Award-Winning CBBC segment, My Autism & Me, is narrated by 13-year-old Rosie King. Be sure to also check out Rosie’s 2014 TED talk, How Autism Freed Me To Be Myself.

♦ From ABC TV + iview, What It’s Like…Living On The Autism Spectrum. Currently only available in Australia.

♦ From 11-year-old Cadence of I am Cadence – Growing Up Unique via Reframing Autism, a self-directed documentary, Bouncing Words, in which she shares her reflections on communication as a non-speaking Autistic young person.

♦ From My Autistic Sparkle, 7-year-old Skylar shares Being Autistic & How It Feels.


♦ From The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a fabulous resource we share often, Welcome To The Autistic Community, which was recently updated and released in April 2020 (suitable for all audiences). There is an earlier version specifically for adolescents.

♦ From our I CAN team, Important Reminders & Resources For Our Younger Autistic Peers (tip sheet, brief video & resources). There is a companion piece aimed at parents, carers, teachers and other adults of influence: Nurturing Self-Esteem & Pride in Autistic Young People.

A few wonderful books to check out:

♦ From Reframing Autism & CeArt, Just Right For You. Available mid-September 2020 from Amazon and Booktopia.

♦ From Emma Dalmayne, Susie Spins.

♦ From Chris Bonnello, What We Love Most About Life: Answers From 150 Children Across the Autism Spectrum.

♦ From Yenn Purkis & Tanya Masterman, The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens & Tweens.

I CAN Team.