Christa Holmans is an autistic self-advocate from Texas who runs the neurodiversity lifestyle blog Neurodivergent Rebel. She also manages her own accessibility and marketing consultant agency, Neurodivergent Consulting.
Her career background is in marketing, consultation, and administration.
The Neurodivergent Rebel opened her blog in 2016 as a way to introduce people unfamiliar with the concept of neurodiversity to this new way of seeing neurological difference. Her blog, which is sometimes released in written format and sometimes as a YouTube video, explores the ideology of neurodiversity and the creative expressions of autistic people. Holmans’ blog pushes for acceptance of neurological difference and respect for the autonomy of neurodivergent people.
Neurodivergent Consulting is a consultant agency that works with businesses “to create new policies that work to attract and increase tenure of current and future neurodivergent employees”. The philosophy of Neurodivergent Consulting is to advocate for accessible workplaces where neurodivergent employees will be able to fully implement their unique talents and fresh perspectives. The agency analyzes the policies of interested workplaces for how they tap into, or hinder, the creative power of neurodivergent employees, including how accommodating these workspaces are to the sensory and predictability needs of autistic people.
Holmans is also known as the pioneer of the #askingautistics hashtag, which is most often accompanied by a short question about common autistic experiences such as self-stimulation, burnout, special interests, alternative communication, and accommodations needed for accessibility. These simple questions prompt open-ended responses that autistic people can easily chime in with, and invites participants to engage each other in conversations related to the topic. This simple hashtag connects neurodiverse people who would not otherwise have a reason to engage with each other, and fosters collective understanding of the autistic condition.
She currently lives in an RV with her best friend and four dogs, pursuing new interests wherever they can be found.
Biography written by Autistics United Fort McMurray – Cree, Dene, Dane-zaa, & Métis Territory Original posting from Facebook can be found HERE.