This week on Neurodiversity News, I’ve interviewed Eve Reiland, who has firsthand experience fighting the infamous organization, Autism Speaks. Like the name of the website she created, Eve really does embody the title of Badass Activist.
Neurodiversity News: Tell me about yourself and what you do.
Eve Reiland: I’m an autistic activist, writer, and artist. I also aspire to be a documentary filmmaker focused on autistic history and people. I’m also the founder of International Badass Activists and a co-founder of The Autistic Cooperative.
Before becoming disabled with PTSD and Functional Neurological Disorder in 2010, I was an online developer and geek, nationally syndicated writer with McClatchy Newspapers, and also had my work seen on parenting sites like Babycenter.com and Momlogic.com. My first published piece was in Adoptive Families Magazine in 2005.
I’m a mom to autistic and non-autistic kids too. My oldest son Jared, now 27, married an autistic woman a couple of years ago. My younger two are 16 and 11 now. The baby of the family is the one non-autistic in our bunch. I also have another son that joined our family as an adult. He’s 27 now and autistic too.
I’m also a wife. I married my best friend and love, Bill Reiland, in 2017. He’s not autistic and hadn’t experienced Autistic culture or knowingly knew any Autistic adults before me. How we met, fell in love and worked through culture shock is a story all on its own. […]