#TakeTheMaskOff Diagnosis/Self awareness – How does it impact masking?



We are in week five of the #TakeTheMaskOff campaign.



My diagnosis was like a light, illuminating parts of me that I’d hidden in the darkness. It’s time to #TakeTheMaskOff. – @NeuroRebel




Published by Christa Holmans - Neurodivergent Rebel

Christa Holmans, an autistic self-advocate from Texas, runs the the internationally recognized neurodiversity lifestyle blog Neurodivergent Rebel. Neurodivergent Rebel opened her blog in 2016 as a way to introduce people unfamiliar with autism to neurodiversity. Her blog, which is sometimes released in written format and also via YouTube video, explores the ideology of neurodiversity and the creative expressions of autistic people. Holmans’ blog pushes for acceptance of neurological differences and respect for the autonomy of neurodivergent people. Holmans is also known as the pioneer of the #askingautistics hashtag, which is often accompanied by a short question about everyday autistic experiences. This simple hashtag connects neurodivergent people who would not otherwise have a reason to engage with each other to foster understanding of the autistic experience.

4 thoughts on “#TakeTheMaskOff Diagnosis/Self awareness – How does it impact masking?

  1. I like how unmasking a bit at work helped free you to do those things you needed to make work easier for you. It is a bit paradoxical how masking helps us sometimes pass as NT, even as it inhibits our functioning. Of course, we burnout from too much masking, which is why coming up with our own coping strategies is a big plus!

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