• Noah Seback

Today is Election Day here in the US. I’m privileged to live in a nation that gives me a right to vote, a right to have a say. This is a precious right not to be taken for granted. Many have died for us to have this right and many more around the world would probably kill for this right. So I am thankful for it. I treat it as a sacred responsibility.

Also a sacred responsibility is to treat our fellow citizens with kindness, courtesy, and respect regardless of political philosophy or persuasion. We can accept and enjoy others even if they think differently than us about local, national, and world policy.

I ask the world to accept my neurodiversity. It’s part of who I am, but not all of who I am.

It’s the same for a person’s political ideology; it’s but a bit of who they are.

We can find common ground rather than battleground. We can. It’s possible.


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  • Noah Seback

Over the last weeks I’ve been watching the virtual Innovations in Education Conference (presentations of revolutionary ideas for those with sensory, motor, and communication differences). I’m astounded to see the collective beauty of my fellow self advocates. Not that I’m surprised-I know that their hearts and missions are true-but I’m blown away by what they are accomplishing both personally and globally for all to benefit from. I am honored to be a peer and a fellow warrior. The world will take notice as we stand together.

As I’ve expressed, I personally have had to step away from the greater battle to heal myself. I had to be prepared and more whole to push forward and am ready now to do so. I’m so thankful that these incredible humans have forged ahead.

At first I felt left behind until I remembered that it’s certainly not about me, but about the greater cause of bringing acceptance and equality for non and minimal speakers. There is plenty of time and even more people who are unaware and need to be reached. Never did I wish that these advocates hadn’t achieved such heights. I only wished I had too: not for personal accolades, but to bring the neurotypical world out of the Autistic Dark Ages and to encourage those autistics still trapped there.

Comparing ourselves with others is never productive. That goes for neurodiverse and neurotypical alike. We are each such unique creations yet have more commonalities than we think. If our mentality was one of using our gifts collectively for the betterment of society rather than focusing on our differences and forcing sameness, we could all live more peacefully side by side. We can have differences but have common ground. There is no ‘better than’ or ‘worse’, just different. Different is beautiful.

All I can do is be the best me I can be and hope to leave a positive footprint. I have my own path to tread as do each of you. The footprints left by the

self advocates speaking at Innovations are huge and transformational. I look forward to witnessing and experiencing the change they usher in.

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  • Noah Seback

Today I am celebrating a major victory.

Today I am celebrating a major victory. Neurotypicals might not get it, might think No Big Deal. (Except my Master Loop Breaker Mom who will no doubt appreciate the enormity of it.) Those of you shackled by the chains of ritual, routine, loops, repetitiveness will definitely relate.

I have been consistently withstanding multiple variations in my safe routines and patterns without my body melting down into a dysregulated mess!

It’s not like I’ve never had successes in this pursuit. What’s exceptional and unprecedented is the continual accumulation of successes amidst emotional stresses currently occurring. Usually when things around me are out of whack emotionally I can’t flex or deviate because the sameness is safe. It is so freeing to move fluidly through life. For those of you who take this ability for granted: DON’T. It is a beautiful state of flowing allowed only by letting go and trusting.

The nuts and bolts of how I got to this place I’ll discuss later. Not that there’s a formula, but there’s been lots of trial and even more error over the years. I’ve learned a thing or two. One thing is that I won’t always remain in the success column. But that’s ok. Just hoping and working for more ups than downs.

But today, I’m celebrating this moment in time.

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