[98] S8 E6: The fight for equity in education and work: an inspiring story of autistic self advocacy
Topics in this episode: accommodations, advocacy, autism at work, employment, health, job interviews, mental health, reasonable adjustments, school, support, university

Rosie Weldon is a Senior Financial Analyst and author whose memoir, ‘My Autistic Fight Song’, tells the story of how she fought to get her accountancy degree and find her place in the world of work, despite her struggles with mental and physical health and the challenges that come with being autistic. Now 31, she was diagnosed aged 25.

Since graduating from Chester University – where she received some incredibly supportive accommodations – she became an account, finding her first job with Bank of America. But she found herself having to make the decision to leave after developing a neurological disorder due to the demands of a role that wasn’t able to meet her autistic needs.

Rosie now lives in Dorset, where she works full time from home as a Senior Financial Analyst, and shares her life online to help raise awareness of daily autistic life.

She says that she “wants to raise awareness of the daily struggles we face as autistic people, but also our ability to thrive in an environment that is suited to us, when support is in place, because a lot of young autistic people think life’s doors are closed to them, and they aren’t.”

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Her difficulties at school and university

➡ The accommodations that helped her achieve her degree and find work she loves

➡ Her challenges being out and about in the world and dealing with change

➡ Why working from home has been a game-changer for her

➡ How employers can best support autistic employees

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.



Rosie’s website: www.rosieweldon.com

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