Guide to Autistic Networking on Social Media
Tips that will connect you with the online neurodivergent world
These are extremely useful in finding and learning about
topics and discussions. You can use them to tune in to the concerns
of the autistic world at any given moment of the day.
A hashtag is a keyword used to describe a topic. These use the pound sign (#) before the word or phrase and avoid using any spaces or punctuation.
#Neurodiversity - The latest on the topic.
#AskingAutistics - Questions to autistics with answers from their experience.
#ActuallyAutistic - This tag is only used by autistics. It signifies a person's self-identity and is an effective way of discerning the posts, accounts and pages that are written, posted, and created by people who are themselves on the autism spectrum.
Autistic Facebook Groups
Autistic Allies - This group welcomes Autistics, and their Neurotypical (NT) Allies and Parents of Autistics. This is not a support group in itself, but has a sister group that is. You can only gain access to the support group by joining the main group first.
Ask me, I'm Autistic is a great group to get autistic perspectives. Autistics only answer questions for the first 24 hours a question is posted.
Embracing Autism is a support group that aims to bridge the gap between the autistic community and parents of autistic kids.
Autistics and Families is a great autism related support group for everyone.
Aspergers Autism Late Diagnosis Support & Friendship offers support for people diagnosed late, as well as their parents.
Autistic Safer Space is a support group for both Autistics, parents and their families. It is administrated by autistic advocates.
Hyperlexia UK is a group where parents and caregivers of children with Hyperlexia can share ideas and sign post each other to info regarding support and advice in the UK.
Autism Inclusivity is a group created by autistic advocate Emma Dalmayne and has many other autistic advocates as admins. This group is primarily to support parents and help them understand their children. Many autistic adults are members too. It is very supportive and helpful. In just two years the group attracted over 40,000 members, which is unprecedented on Facebook to date. It has continued to grow, and now has over 145,000 members! This shows how much there was a need for a connection between autistics and parents.