“Telling your story of life with neurodiversity educates and robs stigma of its oxygen.”
I said something to that effect during a discussion about neurodiversity in the workplace this morning.
The question was raised about how to educate employers about differences.
I emphasized that it needs to start outside the companies, in our communities and homes.
Your unique wiring brings with it 1 of 7 billion definitions of what it means to be human.
There’s profound beauty in that. There’s wisdom in that.
Wisdom regarding how you’ve learned to navigate the human condition.
When you share your decisions, strategies, tips or processes. You’re sharing a path to progress for someone.
Your story can be a potent piece in a larger puzzle that gives a face to the value of embracing neurodiversity.
To open up corporate culture or businesses in general to the riches lying unmined in the neurodiverse community.
We need people willing to make the conversation a priority.
People committed to normalizing it.
People dedicated to destigmatizing it.
Let’s get to a point where our differences draw us to each other as readily as our similarities do.
Our sameness comforts, our differences challenge us.