”I don’t suck at life, I was planted differently:” Neurodivergent Folklore, Autistic Personal Experiences Narratives, and Planting Roots in Virtual Neurodivergent Communities

Allison M. Stanich (Independent Researcher)

In the field of folklore, there has been little research neurodivergent communities despite the fact that there is an abundance of folklore within them. This presentation will provide an overview of neurodivergent folklore that has taken root on social media sites and other online spaces; in particular, it will focus on autistic folks’ personal experience narratives about masking, a term for precautionary measures in order to pass as neurotypical to avoid stigma and find belonging in a neurotypical world. Further, it will also examine how online neurodivergent folklore and communities have helped neurodivergent people find support, solidarity, community, and belonging.

Part of 05-04 Moving Towards Neurosustainability: Seeding, Cultivating, and Reinforcing Neurodiversity in a Neurotypical Monoculture, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm