Autistic adults describe their experiences of grief and loss in this award-winning six-minute video by Exceptional Minds, a Hollywood studio that trains and employs animation artists on the autism spectrum.
The Autism & Grief Project is a dedicated online platform designed to validate and support the grief of autistic adults. Our mission is to help adults with autism navigate and cope with the complexities of grief arising from the loss of a loved one or animal companion and provide guidance on addressing non-death losses, including challenges related to jobs or relationships.
This online toolkit for adults with autism offers a validating grief experience through personal and social stories, animated videos and other tools. Families, friends, professionals, and faith leaders can also find materials to help them understand autism, grief, and ways to offer support.
The use of identity-first language (“an autistic adult” or “an autistic”) and person-first language (“an adult with autism”) is a personal choice. The creators of this site consulted with autistic researchers and advocates to understand the range of views regarding language use and decided to use a variety of styles throughout the website as an indication of respect for all views.
Click here to learn more about the Autism & Grief Project’s guiding principles.
Suggestions offered on this website should always be adapted to meet individual needs and situations.
A selected list of articles by autistic adults, books, social stories, and videos from this website, and resources for parents of autistic children under 18.