Autism: A Vision for a More Equitable Future

We are closing out Autism Acceptance Month with a conversation between Pivot Neurodiversity Founder John Marble and NeuroTribes author Steve Silberman on the history of autism, what we understand now, and where we go from here. This event was hosted and presented by Neurodiversity @ Square, in San Francisco, and includes an enthusiastic Q & A. —- Hello. My name is Chris Williams, and I’m autistic. Nice to meet you. I work for equity at a company called Square, and three years ago I started an organization for our workers there. The Neurodiversity Community at Square is an Employee Resource Group founded on fault lines, on our mental and physical disorders and disabilities. We are building a house on these rocks to illuminate our differences and build a network of accommodation, support, and self-advocacy for our neurodivergent workers and their family members. Ten years ago, I became a father to…

Emma Dalmanye, a woman with long curly black hair, wearing a sundress.

They Say To Autistics…

Photo © Emma Dalmayne [image: Emma Dalmayne, a woman with brown skin and dark hair wearing a nose ring and a blue sundress, looking into the camera.] by Emma Dalymayne twitter.com/EDalmayne   They say to autistics: Make eye contact  Look at me How am I meant to know you can hear me if you don’t look at me? Not like that Not like that! Ok you’re staring now… Why are you staring? That’s inappropriate eye contact! Stop staring you look like a freak. They say to autistics: Talk to me You are rude when you don’t answer Can’t you talk? No I’m not looking at your text on the screen you need to learn to talk!  Stop talking so much! I’ve heard about this Janice it’s called “info dumping” So rude.  They say to autistics: Express yourself  No stop moving like that it’s weird! Why are you rocking?  You look…