Sam Mitchell used to be standoffish. He wasn’t much of a public speaker either. But that changed two years ago with the launch of his podcast Autism Rocks and Rolls.
Sam, a senior at Eastern Greene High School near Bloomfield, Indiana, wanted to create a platform that people from all walks of life can enjoy. Some episodes include interviews with high-profile people on the autism spectrum, diving into topics they struggle with. Others are simply for entertainment purposes.
“The idea came from media club at my high school because we ran our own school’s podcast called Thundercast and I wondered if I could do my own homemade podcast,” says Sam.
Diagnosed with autism at four years old, Sam has lived with the mindset that he can accomplish anything despite his disorder and autism shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving his goals.
“I think with autism, sometimes there are social things people who have it struggle with, but so does everyone,” Sam’s mother Gina Mitchell says. “I have seen within the last two years huge differences in his demeanor, his grades.”
With close to 4,000 downloads, Autism Rocks and Rolls has grown over the past couple years. Some of Sam’s guests include famous autism advocates like Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University, and Armani Williams, the first NASCAR driver on the autism spectrum.
Autism Rocks and Rolls is available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Podcast, Soundcloud, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Stitcher.