118. Bonus: Building a happy and authentic autistic life
Topics in this episode: burnout, employment, masking, Thrive

In this bonus episode I share more about my own autism journey, and talk about my career-ending burnout and creating authentically autistic lives we don’t want to escape from.

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.



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