Lyric Holmans

“Lyric Holmans, an Autistic self-advocate from Texas, runs the internationally recognized Neurodivergent Rebel blog. They also manage Neurodivergent Consulting. Holmans’ career background is in recruiting, employee retention, marketing, and consulting. The Neurodivergent Rebel opened their blog in 2016 as a way to introduce people unfamiliar with the concept of Neurodiversity to this new way of seeing neurological difference. The blog, which is sometimes released in written format and sometimes as a YouTube video, explores the ideology of Neurodiversity and the creative expressions of Autistic people. Holmans’ blog pushes for acceptance of neurological difference and respect for the autonomy of Neurodivergent people. Holmans is also known as the pioneer of the #askingautistics hashtag, which is most often accompanied by a short question about common Autistic experiences. These simple questions prompt open-ended responses that autistic people can easily chime in with, and invites participants to engage each other in conversations related to the topic. This simple hashtag connects both Neurodivergent & neurotypical people who would not otherwise have a reason to engage with each other, and fosters collective understanding of the Autistic condition.”