Acknowledging the ancestors and advocates who have come before us, who walk alongside us, and who make this world possible.
“Thank you so much! This found me exactly when I needed it the most. Much gratitude. ❤️🙏”
“Thank you for putting into words what I have been feeling in my soul.”
“Thank you for your powerful words.”
“Thank you for your insight. I feel elated and motivated. Your outlook warms and anchors me.”
“Awesomeness in action!!”
“Thank you for empowering us, sharing your knowledge, challenges and achievements so openly and positively. You are amazing! Thank you!”
“Thank you for your insight. I feel elated and motivated. Your outlook warms and anchors me.” – JU
“But Jolene, you don’t look autistic…”
Nope. And when I was first diagnosed? I hated the word. Autism. It was like being branded with everything I hated about myself: weird, different, broken.
Before the TEDx Talk.
Before the books.
Before the a-ha.
I was angry. Sad. Actually? I was pretty gutted by my diagnosis. How could I be autistic? I could talk and work. I was married, I had a degree. Wasn’t I just weird? Weak? Over-sensitive? Autism is a disorder. And I’m fine. I just need to try harder, I just need to fit in.
And then I learned more, I read more, I shared my diagnosis and I realised: There is a reason I always felt different. It’s because I am different.
Autism. Not a deficit. Not a diagnosis. A way of being.
You are exactly who and how you are supposed to be. It’s the world that will change.
So, are you ready?
“Jolene kept the energy high and wow’d the audience with an emotional and thought-provoking presentation. Her exceptional content and stunning delivery knocked our socks off!”
Jolene Stockman is an ultra-enthusiastic, multi-award winning author and TEDx speaker from Aotearoa, New Zealand. As tangata whaitakiwātanga (an autistic person), Jolene is excited to educate and inspire corporates, communities, global giants, and not-for-profits with powerful books, presentations, and resources.
Jolene likes fizzy drinks, tiny toys, shiny things, and spicy wedges with everything (cheese, bacon, sour cream, sweet chilli sauce, and parsley because, you know, greens.)
Who is Jolene Stockman?
Ultra-enthusiastic author and TEDx speaker Jolene Stockman is tangata whaitakiwatanga (autistic). This fast-talking, big thinking Kiwi is excited to empower autistics – and the neurotypicals who love them – with her vision of the world. Jolene lives in Aotearoa, New Zealand.