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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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Mar 4, 2024

Katie York (aka The Distracted Autistic) is a late-diagnosed Autistic who also has ADHD. They are currently program coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland. Katie is also an advocate and community organizer. In 2022, they founded Harford County Neurodivergents to build a network for neurodivergent adults & provide neurodiversity-affirming resources and education. Katie is a member of Harford County Public Schools Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee and a proud board member of Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride.

During this episode, you will hear Katie talk about:

  • How they discovered their neurodivergence later in life  
  • Creating the Harford County Neurodivergents group, and the local peer support and community it provides
  • What it means to be “neurodiversity-affirming,” and how that can be important for neurodivergent people
  • The impact that Harford County Neurodivergents has had on their members so far
  • What inspired them to get into local politics and advocacy, and their advice for people who want to become more involved in their communities

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