Over the past five years, there have been many videos breaking down different questions and parts of my Autistic experience, sharing some of your experiences, and talking about what it’s like to be an Autistic person, but every now and then I still get the question…. “Well, that’s great Lyric, but what is autism, exactly?”
It’s a question I dodge a lot of the times, if I’m honest, and that is because autism is something that’s very hard to quantify because… it is a lot of different things to a lot of people, depending on the lens through what you are viewing. For example, autism, when you ask the medical community is very different than if you ask an Autistic Person what autism is… or a parent of a newly diagnosed Autistic child.
Depending on who you ask, you’re going to get very different responses, and even asking and looking at Autistic Person to Autistic Person, what autism is within those contexts, and for each and every Autistic Individual, also, can be very different.
Continue reading What is Autism to Me – One Autistic Person￼
I’ve spent many hours creating something very special for you all, in celebration of reaching 250 Patreon Subscribers.
In this longer format, vlog style, video I will give you a sneak peek into the behind the scenes world of my life as a multiply NeuroDivergent, educator and organizational consultant in the field of NeuroDiversity.
Patreon members and YouTube channel members had access to this video on August 27, 2021. The video’s public release will be September 29, 2021. Continue reading NeuroDiversity Blog: Can You Handle a workday with THIS Autistic and ADHD Human?
I’ve been feeling a bit worn down and burnout laity, but since learning that I was Autistic (almost 5 ago now), I now know the signs and have a better understanding of the work (or lack there of) that may be required for recovery.
Engaging in one’s passions can be a wonderful way for NeuroDivergent Humans to recharge their worn out batteries. Continue reading Night Time LED Hoop Stim Dance Flow
I am a person with many labels and identities, including a few I’ve taken on my own, changing my name (Lyric) and starting a blog (NeuroDivergent Rebel). My labels have given me power and a sense of pride, identity, and belonging I never had before. Continue reading Who is the NeuroDivergent Rebel and WHY do they Write?
You see something’s broken (like many of our society’s systems are) and you may even take note of some the problems you have become AWARE of within the faulty system. You are now aware BUT awareness only goes so far. Continue reading Moving Beyond Awareness, Working Toward Autistic Acceptance, Empowerment, & Inclusion
In celebration and reflection upon my life, and with determination to never stop playing even as I grow and mature, I set out to the park to do a very special birthday skate dance. Continue reading 34th Birthday Skate Dance Celebration
I recently was invited to chat with Summer Orban on the SOSOS Podcast. I hope you enjoy our autistic ramblings on Autism & Intersectionality. Continue reading I was Invited to Summer Orban’s SOSO Podcast on Autism & Intersectionality
We are going to dive in and have a little chat because Paul and I were talking about the importance of having awesome allies and how you can be a good ally to autistic and neurodivergent people, and Paul has some really good questions. Continue reading Neurotypical Questions – How Can I Be a Better Ally to Autistic People? – Christa Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel) & Paul Austin (IBM)
Part of my autistic experience is being addicted to knowledge. If I’m interested in something, it is all I think about. My brain is sometimes impossible to turn off. When harnessed correctly, this attribute is what managers often like most about me. When I was a young adult, managing fast food was what I wanted to do more than anything else. I was hungry for all the training I could get. Continue reading An Autistic Entering the Workforce (Book Preview)
Both the medical model and my model agree on something. Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental difference or neurodivergent brain type. It is present from birth, genetic, and may be masked or hidden by coping strategies. Continue reading What IS Autism? – The Whole Person Model or the Differences Model (Book Preview)