Chris Bonnello (Autistic Not Weird)is creating articles, books, speaking events for autism awareness.
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· Access to all the bonus content hosted here (including article extensions);
· A pass to the front of the question queue (normally 20-30 questions long);
· Access to private support group.
AND entry into the Skype lottery- where every week a patron gets picked at random to have a private Skype session!
What I do:
Having left teaching and started Autistic Not Weird in April 2015, I have since delivered speaking engagements nationwide (including for the NHS, the National Autistic Society, mainstream/special school staff teams and students, the 2016/17/18 Autism Shows), and internationally for Autism Awareness Australia and India Autism Centre.
My first book, "What We Love Most About Life", has sold over 2,000 copies despite being a first time, self-published effort- and the Autistic Not Weird website has received over 1,600,000 page hits and 80,000 Facebook followers (at time of writing). The "Underdogs" series, endorsed by Steve Silberman and Michael Grant, is two books through its series so far.
Until recently this was all achieved during my spare time- in spite of me being occupied by three jobs, a masters degree, captaincy of my local Boys' Brigade, and various offline commitments to people I love. Now, thanks to my Patreon supporters, I have been able to quit a job and devote whole working days per week to writing for Autistic Not Weird!
What I plan to do:
I now intend for my autism advocacy to become a viable full-time career, which is absolutely possible with the right support. Autistic Not Weird is now literally a part-time job, and the more secure my income is, the more safely I can commit to spending my days doing the following:
- Working on Autistic Not Weird as both an educational site and a supportive community;
- Providing advice and consultancy to those who request help from me;
- Producing more helpful content for Autistic Not Weird's YouTube channel;
- Publishing more books to promote understanding of autism;
- Providing more seminars and training sessions, nationally and internationally.
How Patreon works:
Patreon is typically used as a way for an artist/musician's fanbase to gain support from their supporters. This allows them to worry less about where their next meal is coming from, and focus more on actually doing the job they love. Pledges are made using the right-hand column, in exchange for a variety of rewards and perks!
To those who have read to the end, thank you very much- and thank you too for the support who have provided to the Autistic Not Weird community: whether you are a frequent poster or have simply read an article or two. Please consider supporting this Patreon venture: with enough support, I will be able to spend the rest of my days writing, speaking and publishing to support the worldwide autism community.
One final important note:
A number of people have asked me if there's a one-off donation option. Patreon itself doesn't do one-offs, but I can certainly receive donations via PayPal. If you send me a message (via here or Facebook) I'd happily give you the details!