SPECIALISTERNE NETWORK

International Specialisterne Community

Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. The foundation owns Specialisterne Denmark and the Specialisterne concept and trademark.

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Therapy

  Many people have asked me how I managed the stressors of graduate school as a neurodivergent. I credit therapy. I may not have needed to rely so heavily on therapy if I’d have disclosed my neurodivergence to the university, but I didn’t acknowledge my...

My OCD Experience

  People like to talk a lot about OCD, but not necessarily for what it is. They like to talk about the quirky aspects of how they imagine OCD to be, without really stopping to understand it. You often hear people saying things like, “I really like to keep things...

Twinship

  People stare at me, often. When I’m with my sibling, people stare more often. We’re identical twins, and when we’re together people at us constantly. Never do I hear about microaggressions directed towards twins, though they are common.    People other us,...

Auditory Processing

  Auditory processing disorder (APD) impacts the brain and its ability to accurately process what someone is hearing. It’s important to note that this is not actually a problem with the ears. Those of us with APD don’t hear sounds in the typical way, though our...

Sensory Gating

  Neurotypical nervous systems, wired for complex social lives, allow for effective sensory gating. This means most humans automatically filter out stimuli deemed unimportant (background noise), so they can process sensory information of interest. (1)  Autistic...