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First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

That’s where the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast comes in! Join me, Carolyn Kiel, as I talk with neurodivergent entrepreneurs, creators, advocates & more about their lives and identities. Their stories shatter misconceptions, break stigma and showcase the vibrance of neurodiversity.

Beyond 6 Seconds Carolyn Kiel

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 106 Ratings

First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

That’s where the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast comes in! Join me, Carolyn Kiel, as I talk with neurodivergent entrepreneurs, creators, advocates & more about their lives and identities. Their stories shatter misconceptions, break stigma and showcase the vibrance of neurodiversity.

    Young autistic advocate Quincy Hansen

    Young autistic advocate Quincy Hansen

    Quincy Hansen is a young autistic activist, writer, public speaker and college student from Colorado. He is the author of the new book “Shake It Up! How to be Young, Autistic, and Make an Impact” and writes a blog at SpeakingOfAutism.com.
    During this episode, you will hear Quincy talk about:
    Being known as the “bad kid” in school whose struggles were seen as behavior problems -- until he found the right educational environment where he could thrive How connecting with other autistic people online inspired him to blog about his experiences and helped build his self-confidence How his blog grew in popularity after one of his early posts went viral: “How do I get an autistic person to X?” – You’re asking the wrong question. How his blog led to other advocacy opportunities, including writing his new book, “Shake It Up!” The importance of practicing self-care so that you can sustain your advocacy His advice for advocates and content creators You can find Quincy’s writing on his blog, SpeakingOfAutism.com, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
    For a limited time, Beyond 6 Seconds listeners in the US can save 20% off the purchase price of Quincy’s book! Go to jkp.com, add “Shake It Up!” to your cart, and enter the discount code Hansen20 at checkout to get 20% off the book. This discount code is valid until August 31, 2022, for listeners with shipping addresses in the US only.
    You can also enter to win a copy of “Shake It Up!” Check out my August 9, 2022 Twitter post at @Beyond6S to find out how.
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 39 min
    Filmmaking about the dyslexic and ADHD experience

    Filmmaking about the dyslexic and ADHD experience

    Mads Johan Øgaard is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and public speaker. He is known for his animated short films about being a neurodivergent child: the multi-award-winning “I AM DYSLEXIC” (based on his own school experiences) and “WITH THE UNIVERSE IN MY SUITCASE” (based on the experiences of people with ADHD who worked on the film with him).
    During this episode, you will hear Mads talk about:
    Receiving his dyslexia and dyscalculia diagnoses as a child How drawing helped him focus and learn in school, where he had to advocate for his own learning needs What led him to create his film “I AM DYSLEXIC” while at university, and the international impact it has had since he released it Why he was asked to make a film about ADHD
    Watch Mads’ films: “I AM DYSLEXIC” and “WITH THE UNIVERSE IN MY SUITCASE” (about ADHD)
    Get Mads’ book: “Hacking the Code: The Ziggety Zaggety Road of a Dyslexic Kid”
    Find Mads through his website www.madsjohanogaard.com and follow him on Instagram and TikTok.
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 37 min
    Writing autistic and ADHD characters with Brianne Leeson

    Writing autistic and ADHD characters with Brianne Leeson

    Brianne Leeson is a writer, artist, and voice actor from Dallas, Texas. She is the creator of the queer supernatural comedy audio drama, “Today’s Lucky Winner.” Brianne was diagnosed as autistic and with ADHD at age 30, and she has since become a passionate advocate for autism acceptance and representation in media.
    During this episode, Brianne talks about:
    How she got her autism and ADHD diagnosis during the pandemic, when her world was turned upside down How her diagnosis helped her reassess and reframe her past struggles with mental health Why an experience with hot sauce removed any doubt in her mind about her autism diagnosis How she realized she had written her own neurodivergence into the two main characters of Today’s Lucky Winner Why she decided to explicitly mention during the show that these characters are neurodivergent – and the positive impact this has had on the show’s fans How writing helped her process her diagnosis For more information about “Today’s Lucky Winner”, check out the links below:
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    • 39 min
    Neurodiversity and inclusion in tech with Jennifer Opal

    Neurodiversity and inclusion in tech with Jennifer Opal

    Jennifer Opal is a DevOps Engineer with the HelloSign Team at Dropbox, a multi-award winning neurodiversity & inclusion advocate, blogger & keynote speaker. She also has dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. Jennifer has worked with clients such as Bloomberg, Google and HackAJob, providing insight on being a neurodivergent queer Black woman engineer in tech, in the hopes of educating & inspiring others.
    During this episode, you will hear Jennifer talk about:
    How she got diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD as a university student What inspired her to get into coding and tech as a career The challenges she’s faced as a neurodivergent employee, and as the only Black person at one of her first tech jobs The importance of inclusive work environments How she shares her story and tech career journey to educate and inspire others To find out more about Jennifer and her work, you can follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter, and TikTok. You can also find her on JenniferOpal.com.
     
    This episode features a promo for All About Change hosted by Jay Ruderman. All About Change is a podcast about people who have leveraged the hardship they faced to better the lives of others. For your dose of hope and inspiration, check out All About Change on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
     
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    • 36 min
    My Autism Diagnosis Story

    My Autism Diagnosis Story

    On this special solo episode for Autistic Pride Day, I talk about how I got my autism diagnosis as an adult.
    Please note that this is not meant to be medical or professional advice of any kind. It’s just my own personal experience! Your experience may vary.
     
    Resources I mention during this episode:
    My 12/20/22 episode where I describe what led me to pursue an assessment. 
    Autism assessment provider directory (crowdsourced map on Autastic.com). 
     
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 13 min
    Haley Moss shares the unwritten rules of adulthood for young autistic adults

    Haley Moss shares the unwritten rules of adulthood for young autistic adults

    Haley Moss is a neurodiversity expert, public speaker and author of four books that guide neurodivergent individuals through professional and personal challenges.
    We talk about Haley's latest book, "The Young Autistic Adult’s Independence Handbook,” which shares the “unwritten rules” of adulthood and life advice for autistic young adults. Haley also talks about her own experience as an autistic child and adult:
    How she learned she is autistic at the age of 9, and gave her first public talk about autism at age 13 Her career journey to become the first openly autistic lawyer in Florida Why interdependence and asking for help are important parts of young adulthood The power of being an advocate in your local community Find out more about Haley and her work on HaleyMoss.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
    Special offers for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners:
    Enter to win a copy of Haley's latest book! (U.S. listeners only) Check out the June 14, 2022 Instagram post at @beyond6seconds to learn how you can enter to win a free copy of “The Young Autistic Adult’s Independence Handbook” if you're in the U.S.
    Save 20% off the purchase price of two of Haley's books from Jessica Kingsley Publishers: “The Young Autistic Adult's Independence Handbook” and/or “A Freshman Survival Guide For College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Go to jkp.com, add one or both of these books to your cart, and enter the discount code Moss20 at checkout to get 20% off those books. This discount code is valid on jkp.com until July 15th, 2022 and can be used in the U.S. or U.K. only.
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

drphil8mybaby ,

Powerful

This show is so impactful, inspirational, and informative! I’ve learned so much that I can actually use in my career and daily life. Carolyn is tackling difficult and important subjects - doing the work of spreading education about neurodiversity and fighting against stigma. The episodes are a short listen, making it easy to binge and easy to check it out…so DO it!

savvy_entrepreneur ,

Great rapport between host and guests

Nice, on-point, insightful, fun where needed, and inspiring podcast. The host is very relaxed and does a great job of building a rapport with guests.

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Thought provoking & Inspiring!

This show helps you see the world through the eyes of other people in an inspiring and uplifting way. It helps capture the human spirit -- and how with effort -- each of us can be our best selves. I eagerly await each episode!!!

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