Yan Wong

Being Autastic

Bianca Toeps as a Role Model

Autastic = autistic + fantastic. Bianca Toeps (*1984) is a WordPress developer, photographer, and author. Bianca is best known for her books "But You Don't Look Autistic At All" and "Ik ben autastisch!", written from an autistic person's point of view. How could she serve as a role model for neurodivergent creatives? 


Photo of Bianca in 2023 - Photographer: Maan Limburg Make-up: Charlotte van Beusekom

Although people around her may say she does not look autistic at all, Bianca proudly identifies as autistic. In her books and blog, Bianca offers a fresh perspective on autism, challenging the notion that one should "look" autistic. Bianca confidently demonstrates that autism is not limited to any specific appearance, debunking stereotypes and advocating for understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity.

A role model for celebrating neurodiversity


Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit. -

Inspiring self-discovery

"Most undiagnosed autistics keep pushing - and crossing - their own boundaries [...] often don't even know their boundaries anymore." - Bianca Toeps

Bianca's book has become an inspiration for self-discovery and empowerment for many readers. As numerous reviews show, her relatable stories have resonated with individuals who suspect they may be on the autism spectrum, encouraging them to seek diagnosis and embrace their neurodivergence with pride. Bianca's book has played a pivotal role in initiating crucial conversations and reducing the stigma surrounding autism.

Advocacy for neurodiversity in society

"Oh right, keyboard heroes declaring on social media that 'everyone's a little autistic' - nope. According to the DSM it has to really, really affect you." - Bianca Toeps

Bianca Toeps is not only an autistic artist but also a powerful advocate for neurodiversity. Her book advocates for a society that embraces neurodiversity rather than pathologizing it. She emphasizes the importance of listening to the experiences of autistic individuals and respecting their boundaries.

Through her writing, Bianca extends her message to non-autistic individuals, offering valuable tips on communication, empathy, and understanding for a more inclusive world.

"Imagine your own senses, multiplied by ten." - Bianca Toeps

Being Autastic - embracing one's identity

Bianca's journey exemplifies the importance of embracing one's identity, regardless of societal expectations. The term "autastic" reflects the empowerment she feels in being autistic. By celebrating the beauty of being different, she encourages others to do the same, fostering a more compassionate and inclusive society. As Bianca continues to share her experiences and perspectives, she continues to promote a more compassionate and inclusive society for all.

"Support the autistic person in their quirky hobbies and obsessions; these are the moments they're at their happiest." - Bianca Toeps

P.S. Bianca's new book "Deze autist ging naar Japan" will be released on 26-09-2023! Click here to pre-order. 


Here are some more resources about Bianca Toeps, and how she serves as a positive example of autistic representation: 

Bianca's blog

Bianca's Youtube

Autistic Special Interests Chat - Disney & Japan With Bianca Toeps. By Purple Ella. [Youtube]