Mandy Klein is an autistic advocate/ beginner activist. She lives with her autistic husband and autistic teenager, along with many pets. Identified at age 34 following her child’s autism diagnosis, she’s found relief and answers in the knowing why she experiences the world the way she does.
Severe anxiety has been constant in her life, limiting her opportunities. She communicates best through written/typed word and is non-speaking many times, especially in groups of people where she is anxious and unsure.
Mandy writes a blog, Tales From an Autism Family. That blog also has a Facebook Page which shares links to its own posts and other posts about autism or disabilities. Her writing has been quoted in Autism Ontario’s joint response (through OPAAA) to the Government of Ontario’s Select Committee on Developmental Services Interim Report released March 5, 2014 and her blog has been archived in the Special Collections and Archives department of the Brock University Library. She has also had an essay published in the anthology: Typed Words, Loud Voices which was edited by Amy Sequenzia & Elizabeth J. Grace.
Mandy dreamed up and helped to organize a local autism symposium, Autism Rocks!—Let Us Move You. A symposium by and for autistic people. Many presenters were autistic and many attendees were autistic or family members.