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.
“…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
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
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
Hello All. I hope you are well during these challenging times. I am writing to provide a few updates. My third blog (this blog) is a bit hard to find, since I changed the domain name. Here is the direct link to Everyday Autistic. My artist’s blog is Belly of a Star. Here is the Autistic Trait’s List. Here… Continue reading Updates and new link to blog
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.
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
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
“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
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’