Interviewing Myself – Disclosing Autism During a Job Interview

I want to say that this might not be right for everyone.  There are just some situations where unfortunately, for one reason or another, it just may not be safe for someone to be openly autistic because there are still plenty of stigma and misinformation out there.  But those of us who are able to be openly autistic, it’s important because we do need to correct that misinformation.  And just by existing and being honest and open with the world, we have the opportunity to do that.  Continue reading Interviewing Myself – Disclosing Autism During a Job Interview

I Wish People Understood – Autistic Strengths & Weaknesses

For me, I’m highly, highly capable, and even more capable than a lot of people I know – neurotypical, autistic, or otherwise – in certain areas that are my areas of expertise.  . . but then sometimes there are just other things where I can appear completely and totally – maybe emotionally – immature. Continue reading I Wish People Understood – Autistic Strengths & Weaknesses

An Autistic Perspective #TakeTheMaskOff – Masking, Mental Health, & Burnout

I’m a chameleon, an expert masker. I can be fun and playful, or serious and attentive. I can sit still, with proper posture, and give the impression of eye contact. There are many masks, many characters that all require varying skill levels to pull off. Some costumes are more elaborate than others. Continue reading An Autistic Perspective #TakeTheMaskOff – Masking, Mental Health, & Burnout

An Autistic Perspective – Communication Styles

A few thoughts on communications styles. Do you find yourself needing to adapt your own communication in order to accommodate other people’s communication styles?   Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – Communication Styles

Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff

Autistic people with well-developed masks may do better in certain situations compared to autistics without masking skills. Still, masking may come with a heavy cost, leading to physical exhaustion, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and burnout. The mask can breed self-loathing, leading the wearer to believe the unmasked person is somehow damaged, flawed, or broken. Continue reading Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff

Talking About Autism and Masking – #TakeTheMaskOff

It was a true honor to be able to have such an important conversation with some amazing #actuallyautistic advocates. This summer we want to encourage autistic people everywhere to talk about how masking impacts their lives using the tag #TakeTheMaskOff … Continue reading Talking About Autism and Masking – #TakeTheMaskOff

Company Policies That Keep Neurodivergent Employees Out of the Workplace

Employers claim they want to be more inclusive but often fall short when policies and company culture are set up in a way that is can be off-putting for neurodivergent employees.

Are your company policies unintentionally discriminating against autistic and neurodivergent employees?  Continue reading Company Policies That Keep Neurodivergent Employees Out of the Workplace