Journal History

Autism's Own was founded by Joseph Z. Sheppard, Co-Director of the Centre for Autism Research, Technology, and Education and Dr. James Tanaka, Director of CARTE, based in the University of Victoria. The idea for the Journal was conceived in November 2011 and it became an official UVic publication June 13, 2012. The impetus for the journal was to design an academic peer-reviewed journal wherein all content was developed by persons diagnosed with autism and written about the theme of autism. This model was used to add a first-person subjective account of autism with the goal of promoting international autism culture.