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About Samantha Craft
Bio: Marcelle Ciampi, M.Ed. (aka Samantha Craft)
Marcelle Ciampi, a respected autistic author and community advocate, is best known for her writings found in the well-received blog and book Everyday Aspergers. A professional educator, she has been featured in various literature, including peer-reviewed journals, Autism Parenting Magazine, The Mighty, Project Aspie, Art of Autism, and Different Brains. Marcelle works as the Recruitment and Outreach Manager at Ultranauts Inc., a technology company with a neurodiversity-hiring initiative. A contributing author of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, Marcelle speaks globally on the topic of neurodiversity. She also serves as the founder of Spectrum Suite LLC, the co-founder of the Spectrum Lights Inclusion Summit, co-executive of NeuroGuides, and a contributor to autism organizations internationally. Some of her works, especially The Ten Traits, have been translated into multiple languages and been shared in counseling offices around the world. Marcelle enjoys painting, poetry, nature, and travel. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her sons and life partner, who is also on the spectrum.
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