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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 • 109 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.

    Autistic burnout and career change

    Autistic burnout and career change

    Content note: This episode mentions thoughts about suicide and self harm. 
    Shayonee Dasgupta is a Mumbai-based freelance writer and editor who initially pursued a career in law, working with corporate law firms in India. She found out she's autistic and has ADHD in her 30s, prompting a transformative journey of self-discovery and learning to navigate life anew.
    During this episode, you will hear Shayonee talk about:
    What it was like growing up before her diagnosis  How the challenges she faced working as a lawyer led to her burnout The struggle she faced to get the right mental healthcare and support after her burnout  How she received her autism and ADHD diagnosis  Her decision to start a new career as a freelance writer Handling expectations from both her extended family and Indian society How she defines success in her own way To find out more about Shayonee and her work, you can connect with her on LinkedIn.
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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.*

    • 50 min
    Art, neurodivergence and self-discovery with Nick Heaney

    Art, neurodivergence and self-discovery with Nick Heaney

    Nick Heaney is a resident artist and co-founder of Artnova Gallery in Chatham, Massachusetts. Nick has always found art to be his most authentic way of connecting with the world around him. He was diagnosed with dyslexia during elementary school. He struggled with written language, but found a connection through art. Nick went on to study graphic design and fine art, earning a BFA in graphic design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 
    At the age of 26, Nick came out as gay to his friends and family. However, he still felt a sense of disconnect with the people around him, which led to a deeper struggle with his mental health. At the age of 28, Nick sought an autism evaluation which resulted in diagnoses of both autism and ADHD.
    During this episode, you will hear Nick talk about:
    What was it like growing up with dyslexia His early artistic talents at a young age What inspires his artwork today His experience of coming out as gay to his family, discovering his autism and ADHD, and finding supportive communities The story behind how he co-founded his art gallery Find out more about Nick and his work on his Instagram @nickheaneyart and on Artnova Gallery's website and Instagram.
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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.*

    • 22 min
    Down syndrome, leadership & advocacy with David Egan

    Down syndrome, leadership & advocacy with David Egan

    David Egan is a leader and advocate who promotes the causes of people with disabilities. He is the first person with Down Syndrome to serve as a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Public Policy fellow on Capitol Hill and with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). As a Special Olympics athlete and International Global Messenger, David has traveled extensively and speaks to diverse audiences, including the U.S. Senate, United Nations, and various universities, nonprofit and for-profit companies. 
    David has also received many awards throughout his career. He was honored by NDSS for his legacy, presented with the American Association for Intellectual Disabilities Media Award, and received the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s highest honor: the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. As the author of the book “More Alike Than Different: My Life with Down Syndrome,” he inspires his audiences to see our shared humanity and focus on abilities and possibilities rather than limitations.  
    During this episode, you will hear David talk about:
    Growing up with Down Syndrome, and his biggest dreams as a child How he learned to accept his disability What he enjoyed about working at Booz Allen Hamilton, CBRE, and SourceAmerica  His experience as a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Public Policy fellow How he became a disability advocate The impact of Special Olympics on his life  To learn more about David and his work, visit his website at DavidEganAdvocacy.com and buy his book, “More Alike Than Different: My Life with Down Syndrome.”
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    • 15 min
    Neurodiversity affirming community with Katie York

    Neurodiversity affirming community with Katie York

    Katie York (aka The Distracted Autistic) is a late-diagnosed Autistic who also has ADHD. They are currently program coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland. Katie is also an advocate and community organizer. In 2022, they founded Harford County Neurodivergents to build a network for neurodivergent adults & provide neurodiversity-affirming resources and education. Katie is a member of Harford County Public Schools Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee and a proud board member of Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride.
    During this episode, you will hear Katie talk about:
    How they discovered their neurodivergence later in life   Creating the Harford County Neurodivergents group, and the local peer support and community it provides What it means to be “neurodiversity-affirming,” and how that can be important for neurodivergent people The impact that Harford County Neurodivergents has had on their members so far What inspired them to get into local politics and advocacy, and their advice for people who want to become more involved in their communities Learn more about Katie on their website at TheDistractedAutistic.com and on Facebook.
    If you want to join the Neurodivergent Podcasters Discord group, email beyond6seconds at gmail.com to receive an invite.
    Join the Autistic Corporate Professionals group on LinkedIn.
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    • 35 min
    Supporting the Hispanic Tourette's community with Claudia Scott

    Supporting the Hispanic Tourette's community with Claudia Scott

    Born and raised in Costa Rica, Claudia Scott was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in her early teens. Now she lives in the U.S., where she is the Capital Access Manager for Kiva Northwest Arkansas (NWA) at Startup Junkie and an advocate for Tourette's education and support. Claudia uses her experiences to support people with Tourette's, especially in Spanish-speaking communities.
    During this episode, Claudia talks about:
    How she discovered she had Tourette’s when she was growing up in Costa Rica Her experience of how Tourette’s is viewed by the general public in Costa Rica and the United States How her Tourette’s has changed over the course of her life, and how she managed through those changes The support she provides to the Hispanic Tourette’s community, including a Tourette’s support group for Spanish speakers Learn more about Claudia at her travel blog The Tourette Traveler and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
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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.*

    • 31 min
    How to support employees with invisible disabilities

    How to support employees with invisible disabilities

    Jenn Grindeland has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. She is also a multiple brain injury survivor. With this background, she teaches leadership skills designed to support equity and inclusion for employees with non-apparent, invisible disabilities.
    During this episode, Jenn talks about:
    How her life changed when she had her first traumatic brain injury (TBI) Why inadequate job accommodations during her TBI recovery hurt her relationships at work How she teaches teams to better support employees who are neurodivergent and/or have non-apparent disabilities Why she thinks many people are scared to advocate for themselves in the workplace Advice for managers who want to support the people with disabilities on their teams Learn more about Jenn and her work on her website TheWorkingWell.us and on LinkedIn.
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    Support or sponsor this podcast at BuyMeACoffee.com/Beyond6Seconds!
    *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.*

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 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.

shinyorb ,

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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