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Creating Safety in Professional Spaces
By: Dani Rodwell

This week, I was at a meeting where someone was going to be presenting. It had been a long day, I was tired and I happened to be seated directly beneath a fluorescent ceiling light that was bothering my eyes. I was lost in thought about how I was going to make it through the next hour with every signal of my sensory system urging me to flee. I did not want to be there.

From Alone and Undiscovered to Fulfilled and Helping the Discovery
By: Lara Schaeffer

I did not find out until I was nearly 47 years old that I am autistic. All my life I have experienced a keen sense of not fitting in with most people, seemingly constant barriers and struggles regarding communication, and intense responses to environmental stimuli.

10 Autistic Traits That Are Frequently Misinterpreted and Misunderstood
By: Jaime Heidel

As a late-identified autistic person, I know what it’s like to have my everyday, natural traits–-traits that I don’t even consciously think about, scrutinized and reacted to in ways that are strange and sometimes frightening to me.

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