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First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

That’s where the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast comes in! Join me, Carolyn Kiel, as I talk with neurodivergent entrepreneurs, creators, advocates & more about their lives and identities. Their stories shatter misconceptions, break stigma and showcase the vibrance of neurodiversity.

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Aug 8, 2022

Quincy Hansen is a young autistic activist, writer, public speaker and college student from Colorado. He is the author of the new book “Shake It Up! How to be Young, Autistic, and Make an Impact” and writes a blog at

During this episode, you will hear Quincy talk about:

  • Being known as the “bad kid” in school whose struggles were seen as behavior problems -- until he found the right educational environment where he could thrive
  • How connecting with other autistic people online inspired him to blog about his experiences and helped build his self-confidence
  • How his blog grew in popularity after one of his early posts went viral: “How do I get an autistic person to X?” – You’re asking the wrong question.
  • How his blog led to other advocacy opportunities, including writing his new book, “Shake It Up!”
  • The importance of practicing self-care so that you can sustain your advocacy
  • His advice for advocates and content creators

You can find Quincy’s writing on his blog,, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

For a limited time, Beyond 6 Seconds listeners in the US can save 20% off the purchase price of Quincy’s book! Go to, add “Shake It Up!” to your cart, and enter the discount code Hansen20 at checkout to get 20% off the book. This discount code is valid until August 31, 2022, for listeners with shipping addresses in the US only.

You can also enter to win a copy of “Shake It Up!” Check out my August 9, 2022 Twitter post at @Beyond6S to find out how.

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