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Endorsed by Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols is a peerless acting talent and civil rights pioneer. She is best known for her groundbreaking role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the original series of Star Trek and its related films. This included taking part in the first interracial kiss ever on network television with William Shatner, who played Captain James Tiberius Kirk.


Dr. Martin Luther King once asked to meet Nichols and said, “Yes, Ms. Nichols, I am your greatest fan.” He said, “Don’t you understand what this man [Roddenberry] has achieved? For the first time on television, we will be seen as we should be seen every day, as intelligent, quality, beautiful people who can sing and dance, yes, but who can go into space, who can be lawyers and teachers, who can be professors—who are in this day, yet you don’t see it on television until now.”


When Star Trek first was first on TV, a young African-American girl named Caryn Elaine Johnson saw Nichols as Uhura, and ran through the house exclaiming, “Mama! Everyone! Come quick! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!” Johnson grew up to be Whoopi Goldberg, and starred as Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation herself.


Nichols has also done tremendous work in furthering female and African-American presence in scientific fields, especially space exploration, and has worked with NASA on a number of occasions. The first African-American female astronaut, Mae Jemison, specifically credits Nichols with her career in spaceflight. Jemison had a guesting role on Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Here at Autistic Reality, where we fight every day for diversity representation in entertainment, we view Nichelle Nichols as the epitome of that goal. We are honored and humbled to have her endorsement.

I have gained a lot of positive insights and experiences - and learned a lot from Autistic Reality! Alec Frazier, the director, has been a wonderful mentor to myself and encourages many others like ourselves to keep continuing to be the best version of oneself. The example he gives others through perseverance, dedication, and honesty is the very foundation of his deep understanding, passion, and undying advocacy for the autistic community as a whole. I am honored to be friends and under Frazier’s mentoring. Autistic Reality makes a huge, positive impact on our world.

- Liz Pritchard, Creator, Paperbag Comic, and ANCA World Ambassador

“Autistic Reality is an amazing firm run by an amazing man. Passionate, educated, proactive, and well-experienced in advocacy, Alec Frazier is a force to be reckoned with. I consider myself privileged to know a person like him, someone who will change the world for the better. On my last trip to Washington DC, Alec led me on a tour of the FDR Memorial. It was a wonderful experience because he pointed out details I might have missed that made the Memorial more accessible to those with disabilities – and areas where improvements could be made. He impressed me with the depth of his historical knowledge about the Roosevelts and the way the Memorial tells their story. I know he will accomplish amazing things on the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee.”

-  Lissa Bryan, Historian and Author

“I first met Alec through my work as Director of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition and our meeting at a Lights! Camera! Access! Disability in Media Summit.


Through this relationship, Alec and two of his colleagues created a long-term mentoring circle. For this creative peer mentoring model and its products, including the publication of Alec’s book, Veni! Vidi! Autism!, I was pleased to help induct Alec and his colleagues into the Class of 2018 of the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. Alec continues to partner with the National Disability Mentoring Coalition as a Network Member and presenter. In fact, we look forward to having Alec and his colleague present in the Fall of 2020.


Through the years I have watched Alec’s creative work expand from his early disability in media activities to an expanded capacity in training, public speaking and more recently with his pop culture reviews and podcasting efforts. It is clear to me that Alec’s passion for advocacy and creativity find blended outlets forming higher, more innovative outcomes. This is to our benefit as the consumer of his products.


While I have less direct experience with Alec’s advocacy work, I have been impressed by his work on Capitol Hill and willingness to lead when the opportunity arises.


I recommend your consideration of Alec’s work and commend Alec’s selflessness as he mentors others and assists them to find the success he is finding in his career.”

- Derek Shields, Director of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) and President of ForwardWorks Consulting, LLC

“It was an honor to be recognized with Alec as a national mentor helping individuals impacted by a disability advance their well-being. Alec’s commitment to helping others is outstanding. Alec is also an outstanding advocate for individuals impacted by a disability and like me, he believes that every person is deserving of seeking the highest sought-after quality of life.”

- Scott Badesch, President at Badesch and Associates LLC and Long-Serving Former President of the Autism Society of America

“Alec was hand-picked by me to present at the third annual Agile Writer Conference. I had sat on a panel at Ravencon in 2018 with Alec and was impressed with his ability to articulate his message. He has turned his experience into a book and when I invited him to speak he could not be more gracious and generous in his support. I got many positive reactions from attendees on Alecs presentation on ‘Turning Experiences into Creativity.’ I highly recommend Alec as a speaker.”
-  Greg Smith, Executive Director, Agile Writers
“Alec Frazier is one of the most intelligent and thoughtful people I know. He has worked tirelessly as an advocate with and for people with autism for many years now, and his advocacy comes from his personal experience of living with autism. As he has made clear to me on several occasions, ‘There are as many types of autism as there are people with autism. Neurotypicals tend to lump us all together, but each of us have our own unique experience and our unique ways of perceiving the world. We cannot be all lumped together under one category.’ He despises the romanticized view of autism promoted by movies such as Rain Man or the TV show St. Elsewhere’s and hates any suggestion that he or others with autism need to be patronized. Most impressive of all is his conviction that most people with autism are perfectly capable of advocating on their own behalf, and they do not need neurotypicals to do advocacy on their behalf. He is an extremely impressive individual (and also a helluva lot of fun).”
Br. Christopher Stephen Jenks, BSG, former Executive Director, Fessenden House, Yonkers, NY
Alec Frazier, your feedback, phone calls, and open discussions on life with Autism have made an incredible impact on me. I’ll be eternally grateful for your endorsement, your reactions and most importantly the hope you give me for my son’s future.
Amber Lynne Johnson, Author of Puddle Jumping
 

“Alec served as an intern for the American Association of People with Disabilities in 2011. As the Chair of the Board, I was very impressed with his intellect, professionalism, and passion. 


“He is a bright young man with a great desire to give back. I would endorse him”
Joyce Bender, Founder & CEO, Bender Consulting