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
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
8 Proven Strategies to Attract and Retain Candidates on the Autism Spectrum by Samantha Craft Here are several strategies for attracting and retaining autistic job candidates, based on my experience working as a job recruiter and community manager for an innovative technology company that provides employment for individuals on the autism spectrum in the USA. 1.… Continue reading 8 Proven Strategies to Attract and Retain Job Candidates on the Autism Spectrum by Samantha Craft
From the Inside Out: An Autistic Shutdown Autistics have shutdowns. It’s part of life. There are multiple root causes for a shutdown, including the result of sensory overload, physical and mental exhaustion, unexpected news, anxiety about an upcoming event, and upheaval in our schedule. Sometimes it comes in combination; other times it comes down to… Continue reading From the Inside Out: An Autistic Shutdown
11 Tips for Job Seekers on the Autism Spectrum from an Autistic Recruiter by Samantha Craft, M.Ed. At the 2016 Autistics Present Conference in the state of Washington, USA, hosted by Bellevue College, a member of the Microsoft Autism Inclusive Hiring Panel stated that he was “afraid to take the next step of finding a… Continue reading 11 Tips for Job Seekers on the Autism Spectrum from an Autistic Recruiter!
The original start of the title was Master Mind Fu** . . . Which still works. I abide by the philosophy of take what you need and leave the rest behind. I was taught manners and live by the golden rule of treat others how you wish to be treated. I take pride in my… Continue reading “Aspie” Rant: Integrity within Autistic Groups and Networks
A speech by an autistic What is autism? Once I say I am “autistic,” I understand I will never be perceived the same again. And that is both my sword to bear and light to share. There is no way to fully understand autism, unless you are autistic. But there are numerous ways to raise… Continue reading The Real Voice of Autism
During this time of New Year’s Resolutions, I am reminded that life is not about me, but about us. I recognize. I recognize myself in you. I respect. I respect my right to set goals, have plans, and set out for success. I respect my ability to discern and base actions on history. I… Continue reading Resolution
The book Everyday Aspergers was ten years in the making. The author, a former schoolteacher and respected leader in the autism community, was diagnosed with Aspergers in her mid-forties; she has dyslexia and dyspraxia. 1000s of copies have been given away for free. Everyday Aspergers is critically acclaimed by professionals and authors, including Steve Silberman of… Continue reading 10 Facts You May Not Know About the Book Everyday Aspergers