About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Autism's Own is an international peer-reviewed journal providing content written completely by persons with autism about the theme of autism. Autism's Own is dedicated to fostering autism culture through creative works.

Publication Frequency

Annual Publication every April 2nd (Autism Awareness Day)

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Autism's Own Journal

Autism's Own Journal is a media-space where persons with autism can collaborate to foster autism culture on a global scale.


Centre for Autism Research, Technology, and Education

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.