Anna Interview: Enablers

Updated: Jan 29

This is a video interview with Anna, discussing what would enable her to succeed and thrive in the workplace. Below the video is a transcript for those who would prefer just to read the interview.



Video Transcript:

Edited for clarity.


Tiffany:

And then my last question is, we kind of addressed some of this, but what would you change? What would, what can you ask an organization to do that would enable you to be successful? What can they be proactively doing


Anna:

Talk with me and listen to, I mean, pretty much what you were saying, actually just kind of listened to what I know about myself. And let me be an active participant in the planning of my training. So just kind of a very open door policy and, and being open to differences because I often feel that they're… I often feel very uncommon. I feel very rare. And I've had experiences where, you know, I might have been the only person with my condition that has been in certain things I've done. So for example, like I don't know when I was feeling bad, I went to a very small elementary school and my teacher said she had never had a student like me before. So I can't imagine there was no other people with my diagnosis that had ever been to that school in her tenure.

But we are, you know, kind of a little bit more, less common. So there isn't going to be a lot of people would say, Oh, I understand NLD. So just kind of listening to the fact that I actually understand it pretty well, both about myself, or even, even understanding others and just kind of maybe really listen to what I can bring to the table and even going a little further, what I can bring to the table can lead to bring in a lot of other wonderful employees on that maybe I can give some insight, you know, about or to create more options for training, more openness, to things that will benefit a lot more people that can come on board. That'll be great employees to an organization


Tiffany:

That’s a great thing, because I think the hardest part, and I always talk about challenges of being non-visible just in general, but because you're so non-visible, and so articulate people, judge, based on that exterior place you're showing. And so I think it's even more challenging for somebody as articulate as you, for people to understand that you do have challenges and that you do need supports and accommodations. You know, people want to believe just that exterior and they just don't want to look a little bit deeper. And so I, yeah, you're going to have to advocate for yourself because they're gonna think “she looks fine.”


Anna:

Yep. I've gotten that my whole life since I was like five.


Tiffany:

I get that with my son all the time: “He's not autistic, he's not autistic anymore. Right?” I'm like, it doesn’t really go away, it’s still there, it's just, you know, he's, he's got coping strategies and he's, you know, he knows himself and he's able to work through it. But yeah, it's kind of a weird thing. So, well, this has been really insightful. I hope that, you know, how much this is going to impact employers listening to you.


Anna:

That's so wonderful. That's my dream. This is my passion.


Tiffany:

And it it'll. So hopefully, you know, you'll, you're open for me if there's another opportunity maybe for you to participate as a training partner with me. And you know, I of course compensate you, but we could train people together about the different ways people learn.


Anna:

I would love that.


Tiffany:

I really liked the way you articulated. And I really think people need to see that, you know, this whole package is gorgeous and it's just because I look great on the outside and I seem so great doesn't mean that I don't need accommodations or need help. So I think people need to realize that more because I think we all do in some way.


Anna:

Yeah. And I just think it's better for everybody. I think, I mean, I'm very proud of the talents I brought to every job I've done at least three different careers in my life at this point. And I'm very proud of what I brought to each one. And I really think that there are a lot of other people that are not getting, you know, employment up to their potential because of misunderstandings. And I believe that they have many, many things to bring to the table as well. So yeah, it's something I feel strongly about.


Tiffany:

No, that's good. So I'm definitely going to keep you in my mind. I appreciate it. And you're absolutely lovely and I wish you the best of luck and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or follow up or you know, just want to chat. I'm always here.


Anna:

Sounds great. Thank you so much. You and I have a good one. Bye, Tiffany, have a good day.


To see Anna's interview on Challenges, click here.

To see Anna's interview on Barriers, click here.

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