• WESA

    For Some With Autism, Furry Culture Offers Comfort And Acceptance

    Latkowski and Fein pointed out that autism comes with lots of strengths, as many people on the spectrum are honest, logical, and artistic. Cori Frazer, executive director of the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, said that Fein’s work could help public policy makers capitalize on the benefits of autism. “We are truly lacking in scientific data reflecting who autistic people are, rather than the customary study of how to make us seem more normal,” said Frazer.

  • Human Rights Watch

    Over 800 Rights Organizations Express Support for the Disability Integration Act of 2019

    Groups Urge Passage of the Disability Integration Act of 2019 (DIA) (H.R. 555/S. 117).

  • RAISE Center

    Disability and Intersectionality: Not the “Default Disabled Person”

    See, the default disabled person is convenient. They share the characteristics of the dominant groups of society in every way except that they have a simple, nonobtrusive disability. They are white, cisgender, straight (if they are sexual at all, but they are also not loudly asexual), and an adult. They do not have physical or medical needs that require anything more than a cane or manual wheelchair. They are not emotionally, cognitively, or psychiatrically disabled. They communicate using verbal speech and navigate the world using vision. They are not traumatized. They work at a job with no accommodations, and they earn enough to make a decent living.

  • RAISE Center

    Love Because, Never Despite, Disability

    Our story is not a fairy tale, but it’s also not the tragic picture painted by Hollywood of relationships involving disabled people. Instead, our story is a lesson in empathy practiced by real people who certainly don’t understand each other all the time, but will always continue to try.

  • Pittsburgh Current

    Puzzling Motives: Rethinking Autism ‘Awareness’

    I spoke with Bethany Ziss, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, disabled person, and a board member for PCAA. “A major tenet of the disability rights movement,” she explained to me “is nothing about us, without us.’ People with disabilities should be the ones most centrally involved in advocacy efforts related to disability… At the most basic level, what’s often missing is the perspective of autistic people.”

  • Pittsburgh City Paper

    Pittsburgh women strike for gender equality and a voice for women of all backgrounds

    “We like to tell the story of disability as tragedy,” she said. “We’re not understood as parents or partners.” Frazier also discussed how women with disabilities are more likely to suffer from sexual assault, struggle for safe employment or be misdiagnosed. She related how she has been considering having children, but worries about how a daughter of hers with autism would be treated. “We deserve the full breadth of the human experience,” she said.

  • Pittsburgh Current

    Pittsburgh International Women’s Strike 2019 One Of Diversity, Inclusion

  • PublicSource

    Ableism at the dinner table: How I learned to ignore glares and let my arms ‘dance’

    While I didn’t yet realize I was autistic — at the age of 24 — I knew that something about me diverged from most others.

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Getting ready for work: Programs aid transition for young adults with autism

    The key takeaway from this article is not that we need some specific therapy in order to be employable, but that our value is independent of our ability to work. It is NOT that Autistic people must change in order to work, but rather that society should be more accepting of what an Autistic at work looks like.

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Making life better? Denying rights won’t help Pennsylvanians with disabilities

    “If members of the General Assembly want to make life better in Pennsylvania for people with Down syndrome, they can start by ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the services they need to be fully included in our communities.”

  • WHYY

    Philly Disability Day of Mourning a step toward honoring those killed by caregivers

    “Jessica Benham, director of public policy at the center, said that it’s ‘a day to bring awareness to the alarming number of these tragedies in recent years, and to demand justice for all people with disabilities. We’re holding this vigil to say no. It is never justifiable to kill.’”

  • The Pitt News

    Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

    “When I’m using a cane, people are quick to offer me a seat at the front of the bus, or they apologize if there isn’t a ramp to where I need to go,” Benham said. “When it comes to anxiety and autism, people tend to be less understanding. They don’t realize that offering the support I need because of those experiences is similar to providing a ramp.”

Press Kit

For press inquiries, please contact Jess Benham (

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close