[79] S6, Ep12: Safety, success and shaping neurodivergent stories: reflections on intersectional autism
Topics in this episode: advocacy, autism and trauma, Black autistics, intersectionality, masking, older autistic adults

Diane J Wright is an autistic advocate and the founder of Autastic, an online community that aims to help late diagnosed autistic adults, particularly those from minority communities, and is the only resource of its size founded by a woman of colour.

Diane was diagnosed autistic in her early 40s. Her career has been in the entertainment industry, and she now provides diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility consultation to film and television producers and writers, focusing on neurodivergence and communities of colour, drawing on her lived experience as an Afro-Caribbean, biracial, invisibly disabled Canadian-American.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Picking apart the complexities of childhood trauma and autism

➡ Her work shaping how neurodivergent stories are told in film and TV

➡ The experiences and challenges of autistic people of colour, and why there aren’t more Black autistic advocates

➡ The experiences and needs of older late diagnosed autistic people

➡ The role masking plays in success, and the importance of reframing what it means to  be successful.

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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