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Thriving With Autism, Dyslexia, Savant Syndrome, Synesthesia, and Seven Neuro-Divergent Conditions
Maybe like you, I struggled with poverty as a child. Despite my seven neurodivergent conditions, I’ve managed my way through crisis after crisis. Through my experiences, I’ve identified four key steps to help myself and many others, to thrive despite seemingly insurmountable challenges. Using fearless optimism and steadfast determination I've become a successful author, speaker, and angel Investor. Now, I'm using Silicon Valley’s deal-making culture as a vehicle to spread my message of “Altruistic Capitalism” and inject capital into the hands of fearlessly ambitious, creative, and passionate underserved entrepreneurs looking to spark positive change in this world.
Beacon College’s “A World of Difference” award winning television show celebrates neurodiversity and empowers the neurodiverse. Produced by Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida, America’s first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating neurodiverse students.
I’ve been able to put my diagnoses and unique thought patterns from severe dyslexia and autism to work as a participant in several studies that seek to shed light on the inner workings of neuro-divergent minds and what makes them so exceptional.
C.L. Lynch’s article, “‘Autism is a Spectrum’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think”, is the single best piece of writing that I have ever found to succinctly explain to neurotypical folks what the Autism Spectrum really is.
Allie Nawrat’s article, “‘EY: Neurodiversity is good for business”, does a great job of showcasing the advantages businesses who are open minded can access.
The differences between a Neurotypical brain and an Autistic brain
When people think of autism as a spectrum, they often reduce it to a binary. One end of the spectrum is “less autistic” or “high functioning”, on the other end of the spectrum is “severely autistic” or “low functioning” and all autistic people must land closer to one end or the other. This isn’t what is meant by the term spectrum at all.
In reality, autism is a spectrum in the sense that it includes a multitude of traits that each individual will present at one level of another, determining their support needs. Just as a person who experiences only one of these traits isn’t “just a little autistic”, people who present all of these traits with high support needs aren’t “tragically autistic”; autism includes a miasma of these experiences at varying degrees of intensity. You cannot assume that one autistic person’s support needs are the same as another, just as you shouldn’t assume the capabilities or limitations of an autistic person solely based on their neurodivergence.
Autistic people contain multitudes and it is a failing of modern society and medicine to try to nail neurodivergent individuals down to a cookie-cutter way of being as opposed to diverse, accomplished, and driven individuals whose brains work differently than what we have been taught to understand as normative!