Pod-Cast with Samantha Craft Author of 'Everyday Aspergers' and Founder of Spectrum Suite

I am incredibly honoured to include Marcie Ciampi aka Samantha Craft within our Community Corner this week and share her podcast with Dr. Hackie Reitman.

Marcie’s work is very dear to my heart as she was the first community hand to reach out and guide me through the autism community when my daughter was going through her autism assessment back in 2014. Her guidance and writings have not only shaped how I relate to my daughter but were also the first steps in me gaining a greater insight into my own expressions of difference.

I took Marcie’s first addition of ‘Everyday Aspergers’ with me on holiday 3 years ago and as I read some abstracts out loud for my boyfriend to listen to, I kept on saying ‘Who does that remind you of’ (in my head relating her experience to my daughter) and he said ‘she is just like you’.

This has subsequently led me to have more insight into my own experience of the world and for that I am forever grateful for!

I hope you enjoy her podcast with Dr Hackie Reitman and the synopsis from her book ‘Everyday Aspergers’ and that you find her work as insightful as I have.

This pod-cast is an amazing insight into how Marcie came to write Everyday Aspergers. A really easy listen and a whistle stop tour of what she has done within past writing and advocacy work through to what she is doing today within both Ultra Testing and My Spectrum Suite.

Thank you Marcie for helping me ‘find my people’ .

To listen more from Dr. Hackie Reitman on his podcast called ‘Exploring Different Brains’

Everyday Aspergers

Through 150 entries, Samantha Craft presents a life of humorous faux pas, profound insights, and the everyday adventures of an autistic female. In her vivid world, nothing is simple and everything appears pertinent. Even an average trip to the grocery store is a feat and cause for reflection.

From being a dyslexic cheerleader with dyspraxia going the wrong direction, to bathroom stalking, to figuring out if she can wear that panty-free dress, Craft explores the profoundness of daily living through hilarious anecdotes and heart-warming childhood memories.

Ten years in the making, Craft’s revealing memoir brings Asperger’s Syndrome into a spectrum of brilliant light—exposing the day-to-day interactions and complex inner workings of an autistic female from childhood to midlife.

Spectrum Suite is Marcie’s newest ‘baby’ and is a wealth of information on supports from social groups suitable for people with neuro-difference through to businesses actively hiring neurodivergent people, in her own words ‘you can spend years there’. Such an amazing resource!

Jessica Dark