By day, I work as middle manager driving technology modernization in the US healthcare industry. A big part of my daily routine, what keeps me successful, is a regular cycle of inspection and improvement. If you’re a fan of Lean, Agile, DevOps, or the Toyota Production System, you might think of this in terms of… More These three recent changes profoundly improved my life
We’ve seen a movement taking the world by storm. Neurodiversity, which emerged in the 1990’s but has become a talent pipeline strategy for employers in recent years. But as a talent strategy, we stand at the precipice of a whole new phase. I’d like to propose we stand at the brink of Neurodiversity 2.0.
One of the greater challenges of being an autistic professional in a neurotypical world is the expectation of making eye contact during conversations.… More Patterns For Success – Eye Contact
What have I been up to since Bald Head Island?
I’ve been missing from ADN for awhile, and I’ve been missing my ADN family, as well. After an extended period of illness and bedrest, I found myself very much identifying with some of the troubles that go with the #FunctioningLabelsMean conversation on Twitter. While my clinical diagnosis is “High Functioning“, I felt cognitively that I was very… More A Leaf of Grass in the Wind
For those of you who are active on Twitter, you may have witnessed an uprising of tweets from actually autistic people over the last week with three very poignant hashtags: #LowFunctioningMeans #HighFunctioningMeans #FunctioningLabelsMean The gist of this movement was to express the damage that functioning labels have done to many autistic people in setting certain expectations of ability… More Patterns for Success: #HighFunctioningMeans Career Challenges
I’ve never really consistently given this personal blog of mine much love. Instead, I’ve tried to support larger soapboxes from which to either share my own stories or coordinate and recruit for others. I’ve done a good bit of writing over the last couple of years for Red Hat, and now for Bronto. I had… More State of the Nerd Report
We’ve talked a bit about how to land a job, how to get settled in, and some of the things that might trip you up along the way (and how to avoid tripping in the first place). The Internet is full of advice for parents of autistic children (some valuable, others, well, I’ll save that… More Patterns for Success: Find Your Own Way
Last week, MTV News ran a story about how many autistic people were speaking out in protest against Autism Speaks‘ stated intent to find a cure for autism. But shortly after going online, it was quietly removed.
The boss comes in and asks you to stop what you’re working on. He’s got something very important for you, and the more you hear, the dumber it sounds. “No. That’s stupid.” For many of us, that’s the gut reaction. It’s the first thing on our lips, and because we’re good, honest people, we say… More Patterns for Success: Playing it Loose