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Optimizing Yourself: Neurodiversity in Tech


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Elizabeth Schneider talks about the issues she has faced as an autistic individual in the industry. She also talks about ways that we can help others in the industry. Filmed at

Elizabeth Schneider works as a consultant at Microsoft. She is a self-taught software engineer with eight years of experience. She has worked with small local startups to large international corporations. She is an active member of the open source community. From work as a contributor to many projects to her work with the .NET Foundation, she is always ready to dig in.

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Optimizing Yourself: Neurodiversity in Tech

  2. 2. News & Community Site • Over 1,000,000 software developers, architects and CTOs read the site world- wide every month • 250,000 senior developers subscribe to our weekly newsletter • Published in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese) • Post content from our QCon conferences • 2 dedicated podcast channels: The InfoQ Podcast, with a focus on Architecture and The Engineering Culture Podcast, with a focus on building • 96 deep dives on innovative topics packed as downloadable emags and minibooks • Over 40 new content items per week Watch the video with slide synchronization on! neurodiversity-tech/
  3. 3. Purpose of QCon - to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation Strategy - practitioner-driven conference designed for YOU: influencers of change and innovation in your teams - speakers and topics driving the evolution and innovation - connecting and catalyzing the influencers and innovators Highlights - attended by more than 12,000 delegates since 2007 - held in 9 cities worldwide Presented at QCon San Francisco
  4. 4. • This is my opinions and based on my experience. DISCLAMER page 2
  5. 5. WhatisNeurodiversity? Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. page 3
  6. 6. page 4 AutismisnotsomethingIhave,it’ssomethingIam.
  7. 7. Autism difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Alexithymia Inability to identify and describe emotions experienced by one's self or others. page 5 Social Communication Disorder difficulties with the use of verbal and nonverbal language for social purposes. Primary difficulties are in social interaction, social cognition, and pragmatics.
  8. 8. page 6 Whatisyoursuperpower? Whatisyour fortressofsolitude? Whatisyourkryptonite?
  9. 9. COMMUNICATION page 7 the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings.
  10. 10. page 8 CommunicationStyles
  11. 11. page 9
  12. 12. • PerspectiveTaking or putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. • Staying out of judgement and listening. • Recognizing emotion in another person that you have maybe felt before. • Communicating that you can recognize that emotion. page 10 EmpathyvsSympathy
  13. 13. • Make a point to ask others • Feedback vs Advice • Take all input as their point of view • Leave what is not helping you • Take the time to reflect page 11 Feedback
  14. 14. a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. page 12 Impostersyndrome
  15. 15. • Autism @ Work Employer Roundtable • Microsoft Autism Hiring Program page 13 SupportintheIndustry
  16. 16. THANK YOU
  17. 17. Watch the video with slide synchronization on! neurodiversity-tech/