Embrace Autism is
brought to you by:

Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht
MSc, RP, ND

Co-founder, psychotherapist,
diagnostician & researcher
diagnosed at 48

&

Martin Silvertant
B.Des

Co-founder, art director,
graphic designer & researcher
diagnosed at 25
 

About us

Dissatisfied with the lack of information available on autism in adults,
in 2018 we founded Embrace Autism (called Embrace ASD until April 2021),
which we intended as a platform to distribute research and experience-based information on autism.

We did this as a way to empower ourselves and fellow autistics.
Because for many of us, we don’t come to fully understand and appreciate ourselves until we find out that we are autistic, and find out more about what this entails.

Quality autism information can help us make sense of our lives, it can help us discover who we are and the amazing potential we have, and it can help us acknowledge the beauty and splendor in ourselves and each other.

And of course, Embrace Autism is also a vessel to share our own
interest in autism, and our explorations in the research literature.
Because, we greatly enjoy the learning process, are excited to share our findings, and get invigorated by the empowering effect it has on autistic people like us.


Although we are based near Toronto, Canada,
we’re active on a global scale, with a diverse team
of autistic people from Canada, the US, Australia,
the Netherlands, and more to come!

We are passionate about helping autistic people,
but we are not alone in our mission.

Meet our fantastic team of autistic people:

Our team

Mission

Our core mission is to help autistic people understand who they are,
and help them acknowledge their worth; and for their family, friends, teachers, potential employers, and others to better understand autism
and its often-overlooked benefits.

Because autism doesn’t just come with challenges to overcome;
once you dig deeper, an amazing and intriguing world will be revealed!

In pursuit of our mission, we focus on the following areas:

Advocacy

We advocate for positive representation of autism, with resources that benefit autistic individuals and our community.

Education

We provide education & training to autistic people, families, first responders, and service professionals.

Diagnosis

We are qualified to offer autism-friendly autism assessments, and have contributed to improving the diagnostic process for autistic women.

Research

We promote, communicate, and conduct research that focuses on the needs of autistic people, with a focus on self-actualization and growth.

Tools

We provide documentation on various autism tests and other psychometrics, and other resources for self-growth.

Hope

We provide inspiration, hope, and empowerment through research-based information, positive messaging, and community support.

Self-discovery

The road to self-discovery can be long and arduous for anyone;
but for autistics, answers can be particularly difficult to find.
The realization that we’re autistic is often buried from sight within a confusing maze of myths, fears, and fundamentally bad information.

When the epiphany finally hits us, and we discover that we’re autistic, many of us go through a period of mourning and deep self-evaluation, based primarily on an outdated notion that autism is bad.

In our view, this opinion is caused by a lack of understanding,
education, and—ultimately—a flawed set of beliefs about
what it means to be a successful human being.

In fact, the more we delve into the specific neurology that
underlies autism, the more we realize it can be a true gift.
Not just for celebrated geniuses such as Cavendish, Mozart,
Einstein, Wittgenstein, or Dirac (all of whom are thought to
have been autistic), but for all of us!

Those quirks and eccentricities you’ve probably spent your life
trying to hide are part of your specialized, unique, neurology.
You might not only come to acknowledge that fact,
but indeed, come to embrace it.

We would love to help you come to that place!

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Pledge

We at Embrace Autism pledge to work
tirelessly on behalf of fellow autistic people
as advocates, educators, and researchers;
towards creating a community of neurodiverse
acceptance, understanding, self-actualization,
and empowerment.

Autism test results

Autism tests:

More information

Do you want to know more about us?
Read our posts to find out what occupies our minds:
If you have more questions,
leave a comment or contact us.