Description: Samantha (aka kiotsukare) is a late-diagnosed autistic adult, who grew up in a small town in Michigan but now lives in Reno, NV with her husband, son, and two cats. She’s had an interesting ride after college, using that BA in physics to work as, among other things, an explosives research assistant, a materials testing technician for the Department of Transportation, and a woodworker/machinist making parts for looms and spinning wheels. Currently she is a stay at home mom, with her son who was also diagnosed as autistic (SHOCKER /s), and spends a significant amount of time advocating for him and getting him ALL THE SERVICES that he deserves and that didn't exist when she was a kid. She grew up playing CD-ROM games at home and N64 games at friends’ houses, then when she was 10 years old she got a PS1 for her birthday and 2 games: Sypro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Gaming was never the same again. She still loves to play those old games, and likes to comb used game stores to look for ones she may have missed out on. She’ll talk your ear off about anything fiber arts related, as well as anything to do with sensory issues. She plays several instruments, and performs with multiple local ensembles.