Ehsan “Essy” Knopf is a budding clinical social worker interested in exploring best practices and what it means to be gay and autistic.

Essy was diagnosed with autism at age 26, a discovery that further fueled his interest in disability advocacy. The result was a feature documentary, Flying Solo, about three people with Down syndrome and the challenges they face transitioning to independence.

Essy resides in Los Angeles and maintains a vlog on YouTube.