93 episodes

The SquarePeg podcast invites autistic women 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.

The Squarepeg Podcast Amy Richards

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

The SquarePeg podcast invites autistic women 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.

    S7, Ep12: Compassion for my autistic self: gender expectations, troubleshooting traits, and unmasking on TV

    S7, Ep12: Compassion for my autistic self: gender expectations, troubleshooting traits, and unmasking on TV

    Fern Brady is a comedian and writer born and raised in Bathgate in Scotland. Now in her 30s, she lives in London with her partner. 
    Fern was a guest on the podcast back in the spring of 2021, soon after she was diagnosed autistic. Since then, she taken a deep dive into learning more about autism, toured her standup show Autistic Bikini Queen, been a contestant on Channel 4’s TaskMaster… and written a book, Strong Female Character, which comes out in February 2023. 
    I was lucky enough to get a proof copy to read before the interview. I loved this book! Written in Fern’s characteristic down-to-earth and straightforward style, it manages to cover some really quite dark chapters in her life with a lightness of touch and humour that make it effortlessly readable and entertaining, while still exploring important issues around being an autistic woman in our society.
    It was great to catch up with Fern and find out how things have changed since she was first diagnosed.
    It feels like we talked about everything in this conversation - but some of the highlights are:
    ➡ Trying to break the burnout cycle
    ➡ Her struggle with meltdowns - and how she’s worked to manage and reduce them
    ➡ Being female and autistic: sensory issues, hormones, sex, sexuality and fitting into accepted gender expectations
    ➡ Alexithymia and how underlying, unprocessed emotions can manifest physically
    ➡ How it felt to unmask in a very visible way on Taskmaster
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, 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.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Fern’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fernfrombathgate/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FernBrady 
    Tour dates and mailing list: https://fernbradycomedian.com/ 
     
    Preorder Strong Female Character (out 16 Feb 2023): 
    Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1914240448/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_D5S44JY3RRRVP7N0F7W4 
    Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/strong-female-character/fern-brady/9781914240447 
    Blackwell’s (delivers to USA): https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Strong-Female-Character-by-Fern-Brady/9781914240447 
     
    Fern’s previous SquarePeg episode: https://squarepeg.community/32-s3-ep1-fern-brady-autistic-meltdowns-understanding-emotions-and-being-the-black-sheep/ 
     
    Fern mentioned the excellent book, Unmasking Autism by Dr Devon Price: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unmasking-Autism-Incredible-Hidden-Neurodiversity/dp/1800960549/  
    Fern mentioned Alexis Quinn’s book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41164820-unbroken 
    Alexis was on SquarePeg earlier in this season: https://squarepeg.community/86-s7-ep6-narrative-therapy-reflections-on-an-autistic-experience-of-mental-health-inpatient-services/ 
     
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Adam Klager, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Anika Lacerte, Annette, Ben Davies, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Clare Holmes, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Elizabeth Vezina, Elizabeth Williams, Galina, Gwyneth, Hannah Breslin, J

    • 1 hr 6 min
    S7, Ep11: Relaxing into the truth of who we are as late diagnosed autistic adults

    S7, Ep11: Relaxing into the truth of who we are as late diagnosed autistic adults

    Angela Lauria is a CEO and author from Washington DC, USA. Now 49, she was diagnosed autistic 10 years ago, and initially underwent a form of the controversial ABA therapy in an effort to ‘fix’ the things about her that she had always felt were wrong. One burnout, some autism-positive therapy and ten years of processing later, she was able to fully accept and embrace her own autistic identity, and wider autistic culture. 
    Realising she didn’t fit into traditional workplaces, Angela started her own publishing company, providing consulting, editing, design, and book launch marketing for authors who have a message and want to make an impact. 
    She has also recently started a podcast called The Autistic Culture Podcast.
    In our conversation we talk about:
    ➡ How she went from trying to fix herself with ABA and CBT therapies to celebrating her autism
    ➡ Burnout, meltdowns, stimming and friendship difficulties
    ➡ How misinterpreting situations and others’ expectations, and finding it hard to read the room at school and in the workplace has impacted her
    CONTENT WARNING: Angela and I talk about self harm during this episode, so if you don't want to hear about this topic, you might want to give this one a miss.
     
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, 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.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Company website: https://www.differencepress.com/ 
    The podcast: https://autisticculture.substack.com/ 
     
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Adam Klager, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Anika Lacerte, Annette, Ben Davies, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Clare Holmes, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Elizabeth Vezina, Elizabeth Williams, Galina, Gwyneth, Hannah Breslin, Jackie Allen, JF, Jayne Hutchinson, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, JE, Katarzyna Tomaszewska, Kate and Kathryn, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, Meredith L. Freyre, MN, Pete Burke, Rebecca Biegel, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Stephanie Murray, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tammie Fabien, Tegan Bailey, Tessa Valyou, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vic Wiener, Vicki Temple, Victoria Chang, Victoria Routledge, Wendy Walker, Zephyrine Craster and Zoe Lee.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 57 min
    S7, Ep10: Burnouts, breakdowns and anxiety: a journey towards more supportive and sustainable work

    S7, Ep10: Burnouts, breakdowns and anxiety: a journey towards more supportive and sustainable work

    Déa Neile-Hopton is a basketmaker and artist. She is of mixed Jamaican and English heritage and grew up in the 1970s and 80s in York, England. Now 47, she lives in Whitland in Wales, with her partner and three neurodivergent children. She is self diagnosed autistic and was diagnosed ADHD in 2021.
    She has a passion for arts and crafts, and for teaching circus skills, but has struggled to find a place in the world of work, finding job seeking and workplaces traumatic and experiencing repeated breakdowns, depression and lack of confidence around work, leading to her surviving on disability benefits.
    She is now trying to figure out how to approach work in a way that supports her better, focusing on creating and making, and developing her basket making business. Earlier this year she was selected to take part in a BBC TV show about crafters starting businesses.
    In our conversation we talk about:
    ➡ Growing up Black and autistic in a dysfunctional neurodivergent family
    ➡ Her experience as a teen at boarding school 
    ➡ Finding it hard to recognise autistic traits in herself
    ➡ Burnouts, breakdowns, anxiety and her struggles around employment 
    ➡ Raising autistic kids and being their advocate
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, 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.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Déa's website: http://styxandstone.co.uk
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dea.styx_and_stone.willow/
    Facebook business page: https://www.facebook.com/styxandstone.willow 
    Personal facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dea.neilehopton
     
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Anika Lacerte, Annette, Ben Davies, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Clare Holmes, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Elizabeth Vezina, Elizabeth Williams, Galina, Gwyneth, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, Kate and Kathryn, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, MN, Pete Burke, Rebecca Biegel, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Stephanie Murray, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tammie Fabien, Tegan Bailey, Tessa Valyou, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vic Wiener, Vicki Temple, Victoria Chang, Victoria Routledge, Wendy Walker, Zephyrine Craster and Zoe Lee.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S7, Ep9: ‘Outsider’ identities: the intertwining of gender, sexuality and autism

    S7, Ep9: ‘Outsider’ identities: the intertwining of gender, sexuality and autism

    Kelly McCartney is a music journalist from Rhode Island, USA. She is 52 and self-diagnosed as autistic in April of 2022.
    She has turned a life-long special interest in music into an incredibly varied, 30-year career in almost every area of the music industry, including interning at Entertainment Tonight, working as personal assistant to various well known musicians, project managing independent artists, and hosting music podcasts and radio shows, including Record Bin Radio on Apple Music.
    In 2018, she co-founded the Rainey Day Fund, which provides assistance to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled and other marginalised artists who add to the rich fabric of roots music.
    She is currently exploring a tangle of identities, being queer, genderqueer and autistic, and deep in discovery about which of her life-long quirks are actually autism.
    In our conversation we talk about:
    ➡ Trying to untangle her overlapping identities
    ➡ The challenges of romantic relationships, confrontation and sensory overload
    ➡ Alexithymia
    ➡ How she’s built her career out of her special interest, and adapted how she works to meet her autistic needs
     
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, 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.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Kelly’s radio show: http://apple.co/recordbinradio   
    Her website: https://www.kellymccartney.com  
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellymccartneyx/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellymccartneyx 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellymccartneyx 
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Anika Lacerte, Annette, Ben Davies, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Clare Holmes, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Elizabeth Vezina, Elizabeth Williams, Felicia Libo, Galina, Gwyneth, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, Kate and Kathryn, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Laura Battley, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, MN, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Stephanie Murray, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tammie Fabien, Tegan Bailey, Tessa Valyou, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vic Wiener, Vicki Temple, Victoria Chang, Victoria Routledge, Wendy Walker, Zephyrine Craster and Zoe Lee.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S7, Ep8: Making art out of darkness: self acceptance, resilience and radical unmasking as an autistic counsellor

    S7, Ep8: Making art out of darkness: self acceptance, resilience and radical unmasking as an autistic counsellor

    Audrey Mitchell is a counsellor with a private practise in Idaho, USA. She was diagnosed autistic in 2020, around the same time as her teenage daughter, and the last two years have been a time of processing and learning to accept herself as she is, and unmask in both her personal and professional lives.
    I first interviewed her two years ago, for the very first season of SquarePeg. Since that interview was recorded she has finished writing her first, soon-to-be-published memoir, Polishing Marbles, a book intended, in her words, for ‘all the generations of women who ever asked, “What am I doing here and why does everything hurt so much?”’
    The book has been decades in the writing; she started writing it, she says, after she kept finding that telling people anecdotes about her life often ‘resulted in looks of shock and concern, followed with the cautious suggestion that I should perhaps consider writing a book about it.’
    It was lovely to catch up and so interesting to get another snapshot in time of someone’s journey from diagnosis.
    In our conversation we talk about:
    ➡ Processing her diagnosis as a counsellor, and recognising her autistic clients
    ➡ Unmasking at home, in relationships and as a business owner - and her ever-evolving relationship with her autistic teen
    ➡ Uncovering the impact of undiagnosed autism across generations of her family
    ➡ Returning to her book and discovering it was always a book about an autistic woman
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, 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.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Audrey’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/audreypolishesmarbles/
    Her book: https://www.polishingmarbles.com/ 
    Her therapy practice: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/audreys-peace-of-mind-counseling-services-boise-id/331803 
    Her previous Squarepeg episode: https://squarepeg.community/9-s1-ep9-female-presentation-autistic-counsellors-and-dealing-with-depression/ 
    Her bonus episode: https://squarepeg.community/25-audrey-mitchell-meeting-my-needs-with-family-and-friends-dating-again-and-advocating-for-my-daughter/ 
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Anika Lacerte, Annette, Ben Davies, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Clare Holmes, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Elizabeth Vezina, Elizabeth Williams, Felicia Libo, Galina, Gwyneth, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, Kate and Kathryn, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Laura Battley, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, MN, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Stephanie Murray, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tammie Fabien, Tessa Valyou, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vic Wiener, Vicki Temple, Victoria Chang, Victoria Routledge, Wendy Walker, Zephyrine Craster and Zoe Lee.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member o

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S7, Ep7: Autism in mental health services: the experience of a late diagnosed autistic mental health nurse

    S7, Ep7: Autism in mental health services: the experience of a late diagnosed autistic mental health nurse

    Jacqui O’Riordan is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner from Harrogate, North Yorkshire in the UK. She has worked as a mental health nurse for almost 20 years, including working in a secure unit with chronically ill patients. She has worked in crisis assessment with Accident and Emergency and the Police since 2008. 
    Now 49, Jacqui was diagnosed as autistic and ADHD a year ago, and her two children are also autistic.
    Since learning more about autism, she has begun to question the lack of proper training in neurodiversity that mental health professionals in the UK are currently given. She wants to see a push for better training and the inclusion of autistic staff in planning and delivering training. To this end, she recently set up a working group of autistic staff who work in her NHS organisation, including a Consultant Psychiatrist, social workers, nurses and admin staff, to explore this further.
    In our conversation we talk about:
    ➡ How she and her children came to realise they were all autistic
    ➡ The positives and the challenges of living as a newly diagnosed family unit
    ➡ How her work as a psychiatric nurse has been impacted and informed by her deepening understanding of autism, and addressing the lack of knowledge and awareness in the profession
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, 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.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
    EPISODE LINKS:
    The autistic student nurse Jacqui mentions at the end (who has since qualified):
    https://www.authenticallyemily.uk/
    National Autistic Society information and signposts on autism and mental health: https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/mental-health
    Mentalhealth.org information and signposts on autism and mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/a-z-topics/autism-and-mental-health 
     
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Anika Lacerte, Annette, Ben Davies, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Clare Holmes, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Elizabeth Vezina, Elizabeth Williams, Felicia Libo, Galina, Gwyneth, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, Kate and Kathryn, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Laura Battley, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, MN, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Stephanie Murray, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tammie Fabien, Tessa Valyou, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vicki Temple, Victoria Chang, Victoria Routledge, Wendy Walker, Zephyrine Craster and Zoe Lee.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 
     

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

kSpence2019 ,

Catching up on all the eps!

Love listening to this podcast and love it’s open approach to many different Autistic experiences. Has helped me so much on my own path.

Kenzaphonics ,

Feeling seen and not alone

This podcast has been one of the most important resources on my journey of late diagnosis. I feel seen, recognized, validated, and understood in a way I never imagined. I had gotten used to this sense of being somehow mistakenly here and not able to fit or belong and to hear the voices of so many other late-diagnosed people echoing my own life experiences is something I will always be grateful for. Thank you, Amy, for making this podcast which has been like a refuge and place of healing for me over the past year. I have laughed and cried with you and your guests and I will keep coming back for the many insights and realizations that these interviews offer, and for the simple joy of hearing really deep, smart, and honest conversations about life.

Jessinthevalley ,

Diagnosed at 32

I am so thankful for this podcast. I was diagnosed with autism and ADHD just under a year ago at 32 and am currently working full time at a grocery store trying to find employment that will work for my needs as an autistic person. I’m in a constant state of burnout and struggle with wanting to give up everyday. Hearing stories of people who have gone through what I’m going through and made it give me hope to keep going even though it feels impossible in a society that doesn’t want you.

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