Autonomous Press (also known as AutPress) is an independent publisher focusing on works about disability, neurodivergence, and the various ways they can intersect with other aspects of identity and lived experience. We are a partnership of disabled workers including writers, poets, artists, musicians, community scholars, and professors. Each partner takes on a share of the work of managing the press and production, and all of our workers are co-owners.
“Autonomous Press seeks to revolutionize academic access.” But what does that mean? Does it mean access to academic work, so that the public can better understand scholarship? Does it mean providing educational support and access, bringing a more diverse array of students into higher education? Does it mean providing community scholars an opportunity to amplify their voices in ways that they had previously been shut out of by traditional publishing practices? Yes.