If you had a choice in your professional life would you rather stand out from the crowd or blend in amongst the average? Standing out can get you the recognition you deserve – blending in, well you can potentially disappear. What works for you?
I have Autism. Neurodiversity resonates with me in particular. The following definition came from the site for The National Symposium on Neurodiversity at Syracuse University. I met a woman in a store with Tourette Syndrome. The clerks were keeping their distance from her and other customers were staring from the loud noise that she was making.
I went up and spoke with her. She was extremely nice and as she spoke and made the loud sounds, she kept apologizing. She was clearly embarrassed. There should be no reason to make her feel embarrased. She can’t control the events. Sadly, many people are not educated on what it means to have Tourette Syndrom. I feel that more education on Neurodiversity is critical. Do you know someone with a condition that should be more tolerated?
“Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.”
“For many autistic people, neurodiversity is viewed is a concept and social movement that advocates for viewing autism as a variation of human wiring, rather than a disease. As such, neurodiversity activists reject the idea that autism should be cured, advocating instead for celebrating autistic forms of communication and self-expression, and for promoting support systems that allow autistic people to live as autistic people.”
On Cinco De Mayo I helped a friend of mine out where she owns a Mexican Restaurant. They were swamped and she needed some help hosting. What a blast. What an eye-opener. There was a 16 year old helping out too. I was ready to fire him but it wasn’t my job. He thought he knew how to do everything as I watched him struggle time and again. He refused to ask anyone for help – wanted to do it himself. Yet couldn’t on many things.
One good thing – he was fast. Once he understood I knew what I was doing he let me give him some instructions instead of him trying to tell me what to do. What an interesting experience.
Have you worked with an iGen? What was your experience like?