Stand Up for Autism

Stories of Impact and Inclusion in Autism Awareness

In honor of Autism Awareness Day, we are highlighting several young neurodivergent individuals that are helping to bring awareness and continue to make a positive impact in the autism community. These strive for a world that embraces diversity, fosters inclusion, and celebrates the unique talents and perspectives of every individual.


Charlie Baker, at only 16 years old, is already a force to be reckoned with in the realm of autism awareness. Through his digital influence (+1.3M instagram followers), strategic partnerships (Kylie Jenner’s Glow Beverages, Candy Daze, B Couture London, Lumaskin), and recently published book - Charlie Baker: Autism and Me, Charlie has been championing the cause. He is breaking down barriers, spreading understanding and raising funds (+£350k) for autism awareness. His unwavering dedication and passion for making a difference serve as an inspiration to us all.


In a candid revelation, Tallulah Willis recently shared her journey of being diagnosed with autism as an adult. Sharing a video on Instagram of herself as a child intently focused on her father’s (Bruce Willis) ear as he was interviewed and stating, “tell me your autistic without telling me your autistic.” As a Hollywood actress and mental health advocate, Tallulah's openness about her autism diagnosis has sparked important conversations about acceptance and self-discovery. Her courage in embracing her neurodiversity encourages others to do the same, fostering a more inclusive society.


"How to Dance in Ohio" was a recently closed groundbreaking Broadway musical based on the 2015 HBO documentary that celebrated the lives of young adults with autism, offering a poignant portrayal of their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. Through the power of storytelling and music, the neurodivergent cast beautifully captured the essence of neurodiversity, reminding us of the beauty found in our differences. The New York Times called the show a “milestone” for authentically representing autistic teens without condescension.