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Sounds Like Autism

Sounds Like Autism

By Josh Mirsky & Dave Thompson
Josh Mirsky has overcome a lot in his life. With help from his mentor, Dave Thompson, he wants to spread his message of positivity, hope and humor with the world. SLA focuses on celebrating and including people with different brains.
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Inclusion Business! with Patrick Bardsley of Spectrum Designs Foundation - S1 E9

Sounds Like Autism

Season Two-Taloo - S2E16
Josh and Dave say farewell to Season 2 by reflecting on the past months.  Follow along with SLA on instagram @soundslikeautism Don't forget to grab your SLA merch at And make sure you #dontwaitforapril
June 1, 2020
Our TEDxCELLENT Adventure with George Andriopoulos
George Andriopoulos is a management consultant who prides himself on fixing broken businesses. He’s an entrepreneur and accomplished keynote speaker. He’s also producer of TEDx Farmingdale and since meeting him almost a year ago, he’s become a dear friend and mentor to Josh and I. He is the first guest we have to have back on the show due to not pressing record the first time.  We're proud to have him as a friend, and stoked to have him drop in live from his living room.  Check out The Launchcast wherever you get your podcasts! Check out his company, Launchpad 516! Follow him on instagram @launchpadceo!
May 18, 2020
Sounds Like Inclusion: A Panel In Collaboration with Spread The Word - S2E14
SLA teams up with Spread The Word: Inclusion to moderate an international panel of inclusion all-stars! Hear a conversation about neurodiversity, virtual inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic, and inclusion beyond April and social distancing.  Guests include: Haley Moss - Attorney, Artist, Author, Autism Self-Advocate Britney Bautista and Savannah Rock- Special Olympics North America Youth Ambassadors Daniel Jones - Autistic YouTuber and Social Media Sensation behind TheAspieWorld Jerry Holy - Specialist - Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics North America Soeren Palumbo - Vice President, Global Youth Engagement, Special Olympics International John and Mark Cronin - Cofounders of New York-based social enterprise John's Crazy Socks Catalina Mildenburger - Special Olympics Latin America Youth Leader #DontWaitForApril
May 4, 2020
Making Inclusion Fancy - with Emmy Award winning writer Matt Hoverman - S2E13
Matt Hoverman has written for Disney Jr's Fancy Nancy and Sofia The First, PBS' Arthur and Curious George, among many other excellent kids shows, along with being an accomplished playwright and voice over actor - but we reached out because of his efforts to normalize people who carry the label of "different."  Inspired by his sister, Matt has made an effort over the years to include characters that expose young viewers to learning differences and differing abilities in an accessible, digestible and fun way.  Most recently, he wrote in a character with Autism into Disney Jr.'s Fancy Nancy - released on International Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day. Matt wanted to make it clear that the episode was a team effort, including the magnifique leadership of Fancy Nancy’s head writer Krista Tucker, the brilliant eye of the director Jamie Mitchell, the entire talented crew, our encouraging executives at Disney Junior, and our insightful expert consultants, particularly Elaine Hall of RespectABILITY – who all did their best to get this very important story just right.
April 13, 2020
Josh Mirsky's Socially Distant, Low Sound Quality, High Friend Quality, Big, Fun, First Ever Zoom Surprise Birthday Party
COVID-19 couldn't stop Mirsky's friends from wishing him a happy 27th birthday. People from all over the U.S. gathered on Zoom to wish him well, despite all of the challenges we've all faced.  Party guests include the Spectrum Designs team ( which includes some of Josh' best friends in the world, Marc Cordon of The Golden Mic Podcast and The Joy Revolution, and George Andriopoulos of The Launchcast and Launchpad 516!!!
March 30, 2020
Say "Hi!" to Hygiene! S2E11 *Minisode*
Josh and Dave get together, while staying six feet apart, to talk about the effects of COVID19 on the community and catch up on all things SLA.  The SLA crew recently appeared on The Launchcast, a show that focuses on leadership hosted by their friend and mentor, George Andriopoulos. Check out the episode and more awesomeness from George on The Launchcast wherever you get your podcasts. Follow on IG: @SoundsLikeAutism for more from SLA Visit us on
March 16, 2020
Sounds Like An Adventure with Megan Carranza - S2E10
Josh and Dave sit down with one of their oldest friends in the game, Megan Carranza from Adventures In Autism! The gang talk about her and her family's journey, the global Autism community, and her awesome podcast, which was a huge inspiration for SLA.  Check out Adventures In Autism wherever you listen to SLA. Want to have Josh and Dave speak in YOUR community, see your TEDx or shop our SLA Web Store?? Check out our website at
March 2, 2020
For Thomas - S2E9
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode surrounds the topics of child neglect, abuse and wrongful death. "An NYPD officer and his fiancee pleaded not guilty to murdering the officer’s 8-year-old son, Thomas Valva, as new troubling details emerged about life in what prosecutors are calling “a house of horrors.” - CBS News NY Dave and Josh process the news unfolding in their own backyard - the abuse, neglect and death of Thomas Valva.
February 17, 2020
Inclusion Diffusion with Jay Ruderman
Josh and Dave regroup after Josh recovers from a long bout with the flu. Dave shows Josh what he unfortunately missed out on - a deep dive interview on inclusion with Jay Ruderman from the Ruderman Family Foundation. 
February 3, 2020
Pixar Perfect: Staying in the LOOP - S2E7
Erica Molsom, Director, and Michael Warch, Producer of Pixar's short film Loop hang out with Josh and Dave. Some technical difficulties didn't stop the gang from having an awesome conversation about inclusion, neurodiversity, and the truly special film about two kids in a canoe figuring each other out. 
January 20, 2020
Rebel, Rebel! With Christa Holmes, @NeuroDivergentRebel
Finally, we sit down with Neurodivergent Rebel!
January 6, 2020
New Mic, Who Dis? [Minisode] S2E6
Josh and Dave take the new sound equipment for a test spin and talk about what's new in SLA world, as well as an issue with one of the biggest social media apps of 2019, Tik Tok. 
December 16, 2019
DISNerds! Interview with Bobby Rubio, Writer/Director of Pixar's "Float" - S2E5
Josh and Dave sit down with Bobby Rubio to talk about his inspiration behind the new Disney+ Original, Float!
December 9, 2019
Winter Wondercast! [Minisode] S2E4
Josh and Dave are gettin' snowed in to talk about everything from weather, to bullying, to upcoming plans for SLA.
December 2, 2019
Expect The Unexpected: Experiencing Technical Difficulties
Josh and Dave meet in Dave’s car to record today’s episode after the planned episode was deleted due to technical difficulties. Recorded on Dave’s phone in the rain, this is our worst sounding episode but also one of our proudest, as it proves to ourselves that we always do what we have to do to “make it work.”
November 25, 2019
Gettin' Comfy! Comfort Items for the Neurodivergent [Minisode] S2E2
Josh and Dave hang in the new SLA studio for the first minisode of the season to discuss comfort items. Instagram Facebook Website TEDx
November 18, 2019
Just ATYPICAL Episode - Interview with Atypical Executive Producer Mary Rohlich - S2E1
In the first episode of the second season of SLA, Josh and Dave land a sit down with Mary Rohlich, the producer behind the NETFLIX Original Series "Atypical." Will she invite us to be on the show? Listen to find out!
November 11, 2019
BONUS EPISODE! Josh with Marc Cordon - "Be Proud of Who You Are!" S1 - E15
Josh sits down to hang with Marc Cordon from Golden Mic Live!
August 8, 2019
BONUS EPISODE! Dave Is Interviewed by Marc Cordon on Golden Mic Live! S1 E14
Special Bonus Post-Season Crossover Episode! The amazing Marc Cordon is an author and life coach. Check him out, you won't be disappointed!
July 29, 2019
The guys reflect on an incredible 6 months and talk about the road ahead.
July 12, 2019
Autism Renaissance with Dr. Annette Nuñez - S1 E12
Josh and Dave hang out with their good friend, Dr. Annette Nunez from the Behind The Breakthroughs podcast
July 1, 2019
Jugglin' with Juliana Fetherman - S1 E11
Josh and Dave hang out with their IRL friend, Juliana of Making Authentic Friendships, to talk about how they all juggle so much!
June 17, 2019
O Brother, Where Art Thou? with Alex Mirsky - S1 E10
Josh and Dave sit down with Josh' bro to discuss having a sibling on the Autism spectrum!
June 3, 2019
Inclusion Business! with Patrick Bardsley of Spectrum Designs Foundation - S1 E9
Josh and Dave talk inclusion with Josh's boss, who employs dozens of people affected by ASD.
May 20, 2019
Take Care, Now! - Self Care On The Spectrum - S1 E8
Josh and Dave take a self care assessment and realize they have some work to do.
May 4, 2019
Gettin' Organized: To Do Lists, Technology, and Washin' Wallets - S1 E7
Josh and Dave talk about their trials and tribulations in staying organized and the strategies they've both developed.
April 19, 2019
Unamused: Autism at Theme Parks - S1 E6
Josh and Dave sit down with Myron Pincomb from IBCCES, the organization behind Certified Autism Centers like Sesame Place.
April 5, 2019
Stressin' Out! - S1, E5
Josh and Dave talk about how they deal with stress.
March 22, 2019
Lawyered Up! Interview w/ Haley Moss - S1 - E4
Josh and Dave talk about accomplishing incredible things. Haley Moss is interviewed.
March 8, 2019
Makin' Friends - S1 - E2
Josh and Dave discuss relationships.
February 26, 2019
Flexin' - S1 - E3
Josh and Dave discuss flexibility with special guest Dana, AKA @Autism_IRL
February 26, 2019
Welcome to SLA - S1 - E1
Josh and Dave plug a mic in to Dave's laptop and just see what happens.
February 25, 2019