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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.

    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
    Ending epilepsy stigma through filmmaking

    Ending epilepsy stigma through filmmaking

    Miles Levin is a filmmaker and public speaker living with epilepsy. His short film “Under the Lights” starring Pearce Joza and Alyssa Jirrels has become a beacon for epilepsy representation in movies. The film has inspired people to create daily fan art, learn more about epilepsy and open up about their disabilities. He is now making the full length film of Under the Lights, in an effort to create the single biggest epilepsy awareness campaign in history. 
    During this episode, you will hear Miles talk about:
    How his life experience with epilepsy inspired Under the Lights The powerful impact that Under the Lights is having on audiences His fundraising campaign to make the full-length film of Under the Lights (and how you can support the campaign!) Watch the short film of Under the Lights.
    Support the fundraiser for the full-length Under the Lights movie (ends on January 30!)
    Follow Under the Lights on social media: 
    @underthelightsfilm on Instagram
    @underthelightsfilm on Facebook
    @underthelightsfilm1 on TikTok
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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.*

    • 25 min
    Nonspeaking autistic writer and poet Swarit Gopalan

    Nonspeaking autistic writer and poet Swarit Gopalan

    Swarit Gopalan is a 12-year old autistic nonspeaker who uses a letterboard to spell and a keyboard to type to communicate. He lives with his family in Florida and goes to Invictus Academy for school. Swarit is a talented writer and poet who shares his writing on Facebook and Instagram. He is also a passionate advocate for other nonspeaking people. 
    During this episode, Swarit talks about:
    Learning to communicate using a letterboard and keyboard  What inspired him to start writing about his life experiences on social media How he defines dysregulation and how it affects his life Going to school as a nonspeaking student The joy of meeting other nonspeaking people and their families How people can be good friends and allies to nonspeaking people Follow Swarit on social media to read his writing:
    Facebook: Swarit Gopalan - My truisms unfiltered Instagram: @swarit_my_truisms_unfiltered Learn more about resources for nonspeakers mentioned in this episode:
    Motormorphosis Conference for Nonspeakers Directory of Nonspeaker Blogs and Pages (from Neuroclastic) Watch the video of this interview on YouTube.
    Read the episode transcript.
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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.*

    • 12 min
    Celebrating 200 episodes and looking ahead to 2024

    Celebrating 200 episodes and looking ahead to 2024

    In this year-end episode for 2023, host Carolyn Kiel reflects on the big milestones that Beyond 6 Seconds achieved in 2023 and some of her goals for the show in 2024.
    Below are links to the resources mentioned in this episode.
    How you can support Beyond 6 Seconds!
    Follow and share the podcast
    Visit my website at beyond6seconds.net Play episodes in your favorite podcast app Watch episodes on YouTube Social media:
    Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Subscribe to my email newsletter to get new episodes delivered to your inbox Support this podcast with a donation or advertisement Let me know by email what this podcast means to you: beyond6seconds(at)gmail.com Some of the advocacy & publicity I’ve done in 2023:
    Disability Pride Month (July 2023): 
    Curated a list of podcast episodes about disability pride and history for the Sounds Like Impact newsletter (also shared on LinkedIn) Wrote an article for Women Who Podcast Magazine about how to make your podcast more accessible Started a LinkedIn group for autistic corporate professionals to connect and share resources My guest appearances on other neurodiversity and mental health podcasts: Think Inclusive Ignorance Was Bliss Be A Better Ally The Neurodiversity Podcast Podcast promo swaps:
    Psychocinematic The Other Autism  Differently Brained Signal Awards (and other recognition) for Beyond 6 Seconds Watch the video of this interview on YouTube.
    Read the episode transcript.
    Follow the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast in your favorite podcast player.
    Subscribe to the FREE Beyond 6 Seconds newsletter for early access to new episodes.
    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.*

    • 15 min
    Neurodivergence in India with Aditi Gangrade

    Neurodivergence in India with Aditi Gangrade

    Aditi Gangrade is a film director and writer based in India. She is autistic and has ADHD and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). She is the co-founder of Much Much Spectrum, an inclusive storytelling content and insights wing of Much Much Media, a Mumbai-based boutique studio that has worked with brands like Netflix, Instagram, Google and Coca-Cola Foundation. Through Much Much Spectrum, Aditi is working to mainstream stories and representation of mental health, neurodiversity, and disability.
    During this episode, Aditi talks about:
    How she discovered that she is neurodivergent What her life was like growing up as an autistic girl with ADHD in India How she got involved with Much Much Media and Much Much Spectrum The importance and impact of sharing intersectional neurodivergent experiences in an Indian context How Much Much Spectrum fosters community among neurodivergent people from all around the world Learn more about Aditi and her work at MuchMuchMedia.com, by emailing partnerships (at) muchmuchmedia.com, or on YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.
    Watch the video of this interview on YouTube.
    Read the episode transcript.
    Follow the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast in your favorite podcast player.
    Subscribe to the FREE Beyond 6 Seconds newsletter for early access to new episodes.
    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.*

    • 36 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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