The Squarepeg podcast invites autistic women, and trans and nonbinary people, to explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
S4, Ep4: Self acceptance, autism and gender - and how sharing your story can change your life
Yenn Purkis is an inspirational autistic and non-binary author, advocate, public speaker and community leader from Canberra in Australia. Their journey has taken them from serving time in prison, poverty and rejecting their autism diagnosis, to self acceptance, advocacy and a successful career.
S4, Ep3: Hormones, reproductive and mental health and stepping into our sensory selves
Becky Beasley is an award winning visual artist who has battled with mental health and hormonal problems, prompting her to go on a research journey that ultimately lead to her autism diagnosis in February this year.
S4, Ep2: Ability and disability: getting the right support to thrive in academic settings
Daisy Shearer is a PhD candidate in experimental condensed matter physics at the University of Surrey in the UK. Now 25, she was diagnosed autistic at 21. I discovered her through her very popular Instagram account, Notes from the Physics Lab, where she shares snapshots of quantum tech research life and her work as a semiconductor spintronics researcher.
S4, Ep1: Holly Smale: Synaesthesia, hyperlexia and accidentally writing an autistic book-child
In my conversation with award-winning author Holly Smale we talk about hyperlexia, synaesthesia, her lifelong special interest in books and writing - and accidentally writing an autistic character.
S3, Ep12: Workplace challenges, burnout cycles and why autistic business owners are thriving online
In my conversation with autistic business coach Jo Casey we talk sensory challenges, workplace struggles, burnout, her journey from employee to business owner as an undiagnosed autistic person, and why self employment can be a good fit for autistic people.
S3, Ep11: Getting an autism diagnosis later in life, finding support and preparing for others’ reactions
In my conversation with autistic social worker and author Wilma Wake we talk about getting an autism diagnosis later in life; the power of support groups; being an autistic therapist; the unique experiences of older autistic adults; and ‘coming out’ as autistic - being prepared, and political and social parallels with coming out as LGBT+.
Excellent, well-informed, and heartwarming.
After discovering this podcast recently, I've started a new, fulfilling self-discovery journey. Amy has done an amazing job creating an inclusive podcast telling the inspiring stories of many outstanding individuals while also contributing to create awareness about autistic women.
It’s been such a relief to find there are other women out there who experience the same challenges as me. I really always just thought that I was weird or incapable.
Since listening to this podcast I’ve started to view myself in a new light and have felt so much relief and can finally be kinder to myself.
Things are starting to make sense and I really can’t thank you enough.
Series 2 Ep 9 Right diagnosis
Spoke to me completely. Thinking I'm bipolar instead of possibly autistic. Imposter syndrome. Driving hahahaha. I have such road rage because I don't read other drivers' intentions. Have had 2 love affairs with past cars. Such a revelation. Makes the whole Theory of Mind make sense!