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Behind the Breakthroughs


Mar 13, 2019

In this episode we chat with a sister who wanted to convey a perspective of autism that typically wasn't portrayed in the media. She wanted to show the day-to- day life of an adult living with autism that was easily accessible to the general public. In April of 2018 she started her Instagram entitled @autism_irl, which captures the real and honest relationship between her and her brother and her family. Their IG stories and posts captures them living a normal life and shows that there are adults out there with autism living successfully and happily.  

Meet Dana Kelsey the sister who is changing people's views on adults living with autism. Her daily posts on Instagram show that her brother Rob is living his best life. From sleeping in to being a foodie, Rob is so relatable and shows to the public that autism isn't a diagnosis it is a lifestyle. Their Instagram captures Rob's uninhibited raw emotions and beautiful connection and unconditional love between brother and sister. Dana and Rob are changing the definition of autism. We encourage you to follow their Instagram @autism_irl.  

MINSHIFT (takeaways)

  1. Never stop fighting for services and never stop fighting for the person with autism in you life.
  2. It's important to advocate on their behalf if they can't for themselves.
  3. Advocacy drives awareness and acceptance.