Being Autistic in a World of Watchers

“I deeply regret sharing my diagnosis. My coworker thought Aspergers was an extremely awful disability that makes people uncomfortable. He had no reference point. And nothing was ever the same again. It resulted in the end of our working relationship. If I was ever to go into another job, the last thing I would ever… Continue reading Being Autistic in a World of Watchers

What Workplace Discrimination and Inequity Looks like for the Autistic Neurominority

This is based on my experience as an active advocate in the autism community for 8 years, with over 10,000 direct interactions/correspondence with autistic people and their supporters. And based on my 6 years serving as a Recruitment Manager at Ultranaut Inc., an engineering firm with an autism-hiring initiative. Join me here on Linkedin and… Continue reading What Workplace Discrimination and Inequity Looks like for the Autistic Neurominority

Nothing About Us Without Us: The Neurominority Dilemma

A distressed young child held down to a chairThey say he’s “just being a brat”They clearly don’t careThe teen they think is too shy to speakIs aware they are differentAnd may be more powerful than meekThe adult struggling to find lasting workIs discriminated againstOver their many ‘weird’ quirksWe may not always look others in the… Continue reading Nothing About Us Without Us: The Neurominority Dilemma

Enough about They; it’s time for Us.

Today I will be speaking on a panel about workplace accommodations for autistic employees and about Autism-Hiring Initiatives in general. Later in the week, I’ll be speaking on Job Tips for Autistic Job Seekers. I am diagnosed autistic and with gifted-intellect and with PTSD and GAD; in addition I am dyslexic, dyspraxic, and likely an… Continue reading Enough about They; it’s time for Us.

Who’s With Me? I am ready to move on

I feel most at peace when I was writing spiritual prose such as this: Dearest Children of the Light I am not at peace now and haven’t been for a couple of years. Not since a relationship ended that pretty much tore me in half. I am really tired. Tired of autism. Tired of life.… Continue reading Who’s With Me? I am ready to move on

Liberty and Justice for All? Workplace Neurodiversity Hiring Initiatives

Discrimination isn’t always obvious. Sometimes discrimination is cloaked in good deeds and good intentions. Candy-coated with awards and recognition. Sometimes discrimination is a result of purposeful initiatives.A means of branding. There are clues: subtle segregation. No representation of the minority group who is being spoken about, in image, words, or panel, or limited representation: the… Continue reading Liberty and Justice for All? Workplace Neurodiversity Hiring Initiatives

We are different not defective: Neurodivergent individuals and their supporters speak out in response to ‘$5 Million Grant Awarded to Make Autistic People Mask’

These are community members responses to: $5 Million Grant Awarded to Make Autistic People Mask in Job Interviews Based on the  National Science Foundation’s $5 million grant given to the Yang-Tan Institute of Employment and Disability “to help create better job outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorder.” Grant link *Why should I, an older guy,… Continue reading We are different not defective: Neurodivergent individuals and their supporters speak out in response to ‘$5 Million Grant Awarded to Make Autistic People Mask’

Divergent Justice: One Human’s View of Equality

Feel free to connect with Marcelle Ciampi in Linkedin or Samantha Craft on Facebook Equality does not equate to acceptance—the whole of the human race will never reach mutual agreement on what is acceptable—be it physical, emotional, mental, cognitive or behavioral presentation. It’s an impossibility. There will always remain limits to acceptance based on our… Continue reading Divergent Justice: One Human’s View of Equality

Moving from a Deficit Medical Model to a Social Model for Humans on the Autism Spectrum

Image of black bird perched atop an empty closed cage with words below reading: Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness. In all capitals. Quote by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The range of associations with autistic individuals, including the exposure to multiple factors and variables of individuals, e.g., nationality, age, gender, ability, and coexisting… Continue reading Moving from a Deficit Medical Model to a Social Model for Humans on the Autism Spectrum