[75] S6, Ep8: Unlearning the script: coming to terms with a late autism diagnosis and finding a voice in the community
Topics in this episode: accepting autism, Alexithymia, autism at work, autistics of colour, Black autistics, burnout, code switching, masking, reasonable adjustments, self acceptance, sensory issues, visibility

Nadia Dillon is a software engineer and entrepreneur from London in the UK. Diagnosed autistic at 27, after experiencing a burnout, she is now 30, and her brilliantly insightful – and beautiful – Instagram account about her post-diagnosis journey has grown to over 25K followers (you may know her by her Instagram handle, @autisticblackgirl).

She started her Instagram as an outlet to express her frustrations with navigating a neurotypical world, and she is also keen to highlight the particular experiences of Black autistic people.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Burnout, sensory overload and eye contact

➡ Getting support and accommodations at work

➡ Masking and code switching, and deconstructing and rebuilding herself post-diagnosis

➡ Barriers to diagnosis for people of colour, and visibility of Black autistic people



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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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