DON’T JUDGE ME BASED ON A MOUSE!

Last night I was thinking about two educational roles I interviewed for in the years past and the administered skills tests I subsequently flopped. For some of us, interview experiences stick with us for a lifetime. I remember two instances where I didn’t make the grade. The funny thing is that I was an exemplary… Continue reading DON’T JUDGE ME BASED ON A MOUSE!

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Happy Disability Pride Month 2022 from Samantha Craft

Happy Disability Pride Month from George Bailey and Me. I am part of the diverse disability community. Beyond being a #neurodivergent, I have been physically disabled for over two decades. Disability Pride Month holds a unique meaning depending on the individual. For me, it is about holding space for others’ dignity and truly reflecting on what… Continue reading Happy Disability Pride Month 2022 from Samantha Craft

Radical Leadership: It’s time to make space for our humanity

I’ve just sat through nearly a dozen presentations on ethical leadership in the past week, with local leaders in the Pacific Northwest from a variety of backgrounds and credentials, most, if not all, from historically underserved communities. I’ve survived my first twelve months in the doctorate program in leadership, with ample time to reflect on… Continue reading Radical Leadership: It’s time to make space for our humanity

Samantha Craft: ‘Whole Lot of Somethings’ and TikTok

Hello All, Ramble warning. Pinball-like writing, official AuDHD style! Shall we proceed? I recently got a bumper sticker for my 2017 silver Honda CRV automobile that reads: I may be old but that’s ok . . . I got to see all the good bands. I wanted to laugh, but then Sir Brain thought, “Is… Continue reading Samantha Craft: ‘Whole Lot of Somethings’ and TikTok

My mind is a beautiful variant of the neurotypical mind. I’m neuro-variant.

A variant of a particular thing is something that has a different form from that thing, although it is related to it. “The quagga was a strikingly beautiful variant of the zebra.” (Collins Dictionary) This makes me think: “The Autistic individual’s way of thinking was a strikingly beautiful variant of the neurotypical’s mind.” The sentence… Continue reading My mind is a beautiful variant of the neurotypical mind. I’m neuro-variant.

Autism in a Briefcase: Straight Talk about Belonging in a Neurodiverse World

“…I’m looking for the face I had, before the world was made…” — William Butler Yeats, Irish poet, one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature Hello All, I have been busy, which is a blessing, during these difficult and challenging times. I wanted to share with you something profound in my life. About a… Continue reading Autism in a Briefcase: Straight Talk about Belonging in a Neurodiverse World

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