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Autism Digest is grateful to Uniquely Human for granting permission to use this content.


BE INFORMED. BE INSPIRED.

Uniquely Human: The Podcast expands the conversation on autism and neurodiversity by amplifying the voices of autistic individuals and thought leaders in providing insightful, cutting-edge and practical information about the autistic experience.


What sets "A Conversation with Elizabeth Bonker" apart is its potent ability to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions that often shroud the world of autism. Elizabeth's journey illuminates the hidden potential within every individual, irrespective of their unique challenges. Her story is a beacon, guiding us toward a space where we acknowledge and celebrate the diverse capabilities that exist within us all.


The Art of Communication: At the heart lies a profound lesson in communication and empathy. Elizabeth's journey teaches us to listen not just with our ears, but with our hearts—to decipher the unspoken nuances that underlie each individual's experience. Her journey from silence to expression is a masterclass in the power of authentic communication.


Through her insights, parents, educators, and caregivers are invited to reevaluate their approaches. Elizabeth's narrative compels us to create environments that nurture the unique voices of every individual, recognizing the beauty that emerges when we truly understand and celebrate our differences.

Dr. Barry Prizant is a speech-language pathologist with more than 50 years experience as a researcher and international consultant for autistic and neurodivergent individuals and their families. He is an Adjunct Professor of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island and Director, Childhood Communication Services (a private practice). Previously, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Brown University School of Medicine, and held a tenured professor appointment at Emerson College. Publications include 5 books, most notably Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (2015; 2022) and The SCERTS Model manuals, an educational approach implemented in more than a dozen countries. He has published 150 scholarly chapters and articles and serves on numerous professional advisory boards for journals and professional organizations. Barry has presented more than 1000 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, including two invited presentations at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day. His career contributions have been recognized with honors from Brown and Princeton Universities, the Autism Society of America and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Elizabeth Bonker is the Executive Director of Communication 4 ALL, a nonprofit with the mission to gain communication for the more than 30 million nonspeakers with autism worldwide. Elizabeth learned to type on a letterboard at age five and later, on a keyboard. Her decade of advocacy work includes a book, I Am in Here; TEDMED Talk; and music album. In May 2022, Elizabeth’s valedictorian commencement address at Rollins College went viral with more than 4 billion media impressions propelling her mission onto a global stage. She has been invited to give keynote addresses at Disability and Neurodiversity conferences around the world, including Europe and Asia. Elizabeth is a member of Autism Society’s Council of Advisors and Justice Center Task Force.


Dave Finch is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. As a writer and creative consultant, his work has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NPR, SiriusXM, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Howard Stern Show, and the award-winning Netflix series, Atypical. Based in Denver, Dave’s company, Elevated Studio, produces this podcast and other recognized series.

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