Autistic Reality

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My name is Alec Frazier. I was born in Boston in 1986 and lived the first seven years of my life in Newton, Massachusetts. In 1994 my family moved to Boulder, Colorado, where I “grew up.” I performed my first public speaking engagement before Colorado Lieutenant Governor Gail Norton at age eight. At age thirteen, I got my first piece of legislation passed, a state constitutional amendment lifting limits on funds for special education. Sensing a need to return to familiar turf, my family and I moved to Ithaca in 2004 after he had graduated high school.


I received my Associate’s from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), but have also taken classes at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Cornell. I obtained my B.A. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo. I am currently pursuing an M.A. in the Humanities-Interdisciplinary with a formal Concentration in Disability Studies, also from the University at Buffalo. As a person on the Autism Spectrum, I was a 2011 summer intern with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest cross-disability organization, where I helped pass federal legislation establishing the Community Living Administration. While in Washington, I was the recipient of a standing ovation from the Honorable Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, John F. Kennedy’s last living sibling. I have since worked with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) and VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, and the University at Buffalo’s Diversity in Disability Planning Committee (UB DDPC). I am currently working with the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL).


My mother Danielle is from Germany and lives in Ithaca, NY. My brother Nick is two and a half years younger than me. He’s great to hang out with, although we can occasionally get on each other’s nerves. My parents have been divorced since 2005 and my father Donald moved back to Colorado where he grew up. I keep in touch with and visit both sides of my family. I also have a cat named Tattoo who lives with her sister Lazer at my mom’s place.

I am a member of the Comic Book Club of Ithaca (CBCI), the oldest continuously operating comic book club in the USA. I have given several presentations to the club, which hosts the Ithacon comic book convention each year. I am also a founding member of Visions Comic Art Group in its current incarnation, and serve as its photographer and assist with its social media. I also help put on the Buffalo Comicon each year in October.