Victoria Evans is a linguist and liberal politician from London. She received her autism diagnosis shortly after graduating university and now regularly takes part in autism and synaesthesia research studies. She believes that diversity of thought brings both social and economic benefits and wants to work to ensure that more autistic people have the opportunity to progress in work.
In our conversation we talk about:
➡ Her experience of being at university as an undiagnosed autistic woman
➡ Some of the research she’s taken part in
➡ Our experiences of synaesthesia (a real moment of connection for me!)
➡ The challenges of employment for autistic people, including workplace culture, the interview process, reasonable adjustments and self employment
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.
Victoria tweets mostly autism research news/opinion and politics at: https://twitter.com/_londonvictoria
Information about synaesthesia: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/synesthesia/the-many-types-of-synesthesia-explained/
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet: http://www.danieltammet.net/blue-day.php
James Wannerton: https://jameswannerton.com/
Information about the autistic employment gap:https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/news/new-data-on-the-autism-employment-gap
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