Astra Zeneca's neurodiversity employee resource group (ERG) held their first seminar and I am honored to have participated. They used a very interesting format which was a little different. They had 3 employees representing ADHD/ADD, Autism, and Dyslexia speak about their experiences in general and at Astra Zeneca. After an employee gave their story an expert on the condition provided context, additional detail, and helpful approaches.
This short video is my commentary on autism. Watching it afterwards I don't know why I said I am a "person with autism" as I prefer identity first and normally refer to myself as autistic or an autistic person. The only excuse I can come up with is this month is Disability Awareness. In the disability community person first language is most common. Guess I have heard enough presentations this month using person first language that my brain went to that instead of my normal identity first position. The joy of being live and unscripted!
Thank you to everyone from Astra Zeneca who made this happen. They are making a strong step into neurodiversity and I expect we will be hearing plenty more from them. This was a wonderfully organized and professionally run session and a great group to work with. Thank you AZ for inviting me to participate.