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The Life Autistic with Hunter Hansen, YouTuber, Blogger & Autistic Adult

In this episode, you meet Hunter Hansen, a tech professional who put his writing skills and charisma to use as a blogger, YouTuber and Instagrammer -- to be a champion for the autistic and neurodivergent community to which he belongs. By the end of today’s show, you will think differently about autism and how you relate to other neurodivergent people “on the spectrum”. It may just cause you to question whether you are one of the many undiagnosed autistic adults wandering the world today. You’ll learn through Hunter’s story that some of your mannerisms may even be the hallmark of The Life Autistic.

About Our Guest, Hunter Hansen:
Hunter is an autistic content creator on YouTube and Instagram and a blogger on thelifeautistic.com. After discovering his autism in his late teens, Hunter tried to outgrow and suppress his autistic traits for years, until coming to terms and embracing his identity as an autistic adult. He has since turned that suppression into passion, advocating for greater understanding and appreciation of autism and autistic people. Hunter works for a major tech company as a business analyst and lives in the Denver area with his wife and three daughters.

The Life Autistic Blog: https://thelifeautistic.com/
The Life Autistic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_life_autistic/
The Life Autistic YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxyGdIDgSyXnhKlnrC88S0A

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Time Stamps:
00:00 Introduction
01:45 Growing up as an undiagnosed autistic child; diagnosed at 16 years old
13:00 Recommendations for parents of autistic kids
18:13 Language of autism: ASD, asperger’s syndrome, neurodivergent, neuro-typical
28:50 Autism in the workplace
35:18 Am I autistic? Are you?
41:30 Understanding & supporting neurodivergent communities
48:45 Raising authentic autistic voices – not just those of allies & advocates

A very special thanks to Carolyn Kiel of Beyond 6 Seconds for introducing me to Hunter Hansen. https://www.beyond6seconds.net/