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!
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
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
11 Tips for Job Seekers on the Autism Spectrum from an Autistic Recruiter!
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!
Dynamite of Discord: The Responsibility of Influencers in the Autism Culture
Dynamite of Discord: The Responsibility of Influencers in the Autism Culture Empowerment comes with responsibility. Now, more than ever, as autistics become empowered, and meet together in thousands of circles on social media, in coffee shops, at festivals and conferences, we must acknowledge that our voices will affect generations of autistics to come. As autistics,… Continue reading Dynamite of Discord: The Responsibility of Influencers in the Autism Culture
What If the Tables were Turned
What if The Tables were Turned . . . What would it be like if autistics were the founders, owners, leaders, managers, and supervisors in most businesses in the world? And we told the non-autistics that we would train them for bottom-level entry jobs but they could work their way up, maybe. And we told the… Continue reading What If the Tables were Turned
Meet Michelle: Samantha Craft interviews autistic author Michelle Vines
“Asperger’s on the Inside is an acutely honest and often highly entertaining memoir by Michelle Vines about life with Asperger’s Syndrome. The book follows Michelle in exploring her past and takes the reader with her on her journey to receiving and accepting her diagnosis.” ~ Book description on Amazon. Samantha Craft interviews author Michelle Vines about… Continue reading Meet Michelle: Samantha Craft interviews autistic author Michelle Vines
Introducing myspectrumsuite.com & our Neurodiverse News & Resource Page
I am excited to share our new company website, Spectrum Suite, LLC, and the NEW Neurodiverse News & Resource Page! You will find the most thorough list to date of influential and talented autistics. I created this connection hub in efforts to connect more and more neurodiverse activists, advocates, and creators. (And to help me with my… Continue reading Introducing myspectrumsuite.com & our Neurodiverse News & Resource Page
10 Ways to Assist Your Autistic Loved One
Thinking upon three autistics, my middle son (age seventeen), my adult partner, and myself, the following things assist: Having things out in the open. When items are out in the open and I can see them and know there is ‘enough.’ This applies to real concrete objects and other people’s thoughts and opinions. When something… Continue reading 10 Ways to Assist Your Autistic Loved One