[45] S4, Ep2: Ability and disability: getting the right support to thrive in academic settings
Topics in this episode: autism at work, community, disability, is autism a disability, masking, reasonable adjustments, special interests, support, university


Daisy Shearer is a PhD candidate in experimental condensed matter physics at the University of Surrey in the UK. She is a passionate researcher, science communicator, and educator with a drive to make STEM more accessible and inclusive, focusing on disabled and neurodivergent people.

Now 25, she was diagnosed autistic at 21. I discovered her through her very popular Instagram account, Notes from the Physics Lab, where she shares snapshots of quantum tech research life and her work as a semiconductor spintronics researcher. She also has a blog and a YouTube channel, where she talks about physics and autism.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Being openly autistic in STEM

➡ Managing sensory issues that lead to anxiety, meltdown and shutdown

➡ Whether autism is a disability

➡ Reasonable adjustments in academic settings

➡ Making learning and teaching accessible for neurodivergent students, and creating systems for connecting with other neurodiverse people

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.



Daisy’s website: https://www.daisyshearer.com/

Her blog: https://notesfromthephysicslab.com/

Neurodivergent in STEM: https://www.neurodivergentinstem.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notesfromthephysicslab/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuantumDaisy


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