[63] S5, Ep8: Intersecting identities, neurodivergent families, and inclusion, leadership and representation at work
Topics in this episode: ADHD, autism at work, communication styles, cultural attitudes, employment, family, friendships, gender, health, intersectionality, masking, meltdowns, special interests

Kira Young is a Native American poet, philosopher, activist and singer from Virginia, USA. She is 52 and was formally diagnosed very recently, after self diagnosing last year.

She has held various different roles, both in corporations and the US Government, but her direct communication style and personal and professional integrity have often led to clashes with authority. She is now in the process of transitioning to making a living from her many passions.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Meltdowns and masking

➡ Neurodiverse families and relationships

➡ Autism, gender and the Native American Two-Spirit gender identity

➡ Navigating female friendships

➡ Neurodiverse recruitment, support and leadership, communication styles, and the representation of neurodiversity in the workplace

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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