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A little thread telling you one of my motivations for this #CitizenScience collaboration between @AutisticaUK and @turinginst.

It’s about how non-autistic folk can adjust our behaviour to make places easier for #autistic people to live and work.

Job ad: turing.ac.uk/work-turing/re…
In 2016 I was selected to attend #OpenCon @open_con - a conference to support #EarlyCareer researchers in #OpenData #OpenAccess and #OpenEducationalResources.

We were asked to watch a couple of videos before arriving in #DC to make sure we were all on the same page.
The video/webinar that stuck with me the most was the one on #Diversity, #Equity and #Inclusion in the #Open community.

And in particular the section by @pennyb which starts around 15:30

(I haven’t rewatched the video this morning - I apologise if I’ve forgotten parts!)

What I remember from @pennyb’s section is them talking about #autistic people having #SensoryProcessing challenges which mean that hearing what’s going on in a large conference room is tough.
I remember @pennyb saying: just #UseTheMic when you’re talking. Even if *you* can hear just fine, there might be someone - like them - in the room who finds it much easier to follow your question if you wait 20 seconds for someone to bring the mic to you.
What I love about this is that it costs me - someone with typical hearing acuity and no sensory processing difficulties - absolutely NOTHING to do this. And it potentially helps so many people in the room.

Not just #autistic people! Anyone who struggles w hearing will benefit.
The #CitizenScience project with @AutisticaUK and @turinginst was heavily inspired by my desire to educate non-autistic people about the little things they could do to make the anxiety and stress that #autistic people feel when navigating the world just that little bit lighter.
So THANK YOU @pennyb. And thank you to all the #ActuallyAutistic folks here on twitter who have helped me learn so much.

I really appreciate the work you do.

I so hope you’ll all be able to help us build a fantastic project together ✨🚀💖💫
If you want to know more about @pennyb this interview in the Guardian is really awesome: theguardian.com/society/2016/n…

They’re also currently unemployed so if you have a few pennies you can ping them to Penny at paypal.me/pennybphd

Alternatively.....HIRE THEM! 😍🌟💯💖✨🥂🥰
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