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FTUIY Episode #49: Sam Warner

Written By: Dr. Jaime G. Raygoza

In a captivating Finding the Unicorn in You podcast, Sam Warner shares her groundbreaking advocacy for neurodivergent individuals. Though faced with misunderstanding and stigma, Sam persevered with empathy and expertise to forge a career empowering others.

Discovering Her Neurodivergence:

Sam realized she was neurodivergent after reflecting on always working better with straightforward, direct communication. She dove into research, got tested, and found purpose in helping neurodivergent people be understood.

Bridging the Communication Gap:

As an “autistic interpreter,” Sam helps organizations implement supportive policies, reasonable accommodations, and clear communication for neurodivergent employees. She also coaches individuals on self-advocacy in the workplace.

Busting Harmful Stereotypes:

Sam stresses the diversity within the neurodivergent community - it’s not just non-verbal autistic males. She urges focusing on strengths like creativity rather than mythical “superpowers.” Reasonable accommodations help employees thrive, not get unfair advantages.

The Validation of Diagnosis:

Though Sam didn’t get diagnosed until adulthood, the validation brought relief after years of feeling alone and “weird.” She had to show her resistant family the diagnosis report before they accepted her neurodivergence.

Impact Through Connection:

Sam found that connecting personally with those questioning their neurotype was the most helpful support. Sharing stories and experiences built understanding and community.

The Empowered Unicorn Spirit:

Through every obstacle, Sam has defined success on her own terms. She embodies the unicorn spirit of curiosity, empathy, and empowerment. Sam pioneered opportunities for neurodivergent individuals to be accepted and valued.

Unicorn Lesson:

The key takeaway from Sam’s journey is that unicorns create understanding through communication. Let no one deter you from speaking your truth. Connect authentically, advocate tirelessly, and define success on your own terms.


To hear Sam’s full inspirational story, check out her episode of Finding the Unicorn in You!

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Sam Warner embodies the empowered unicorn spirit. She broke barriers with empathy and encouraged neurodivergent individuals to embrace their gifts. Sam's groundbreaking advocacy reveals the power of communication, community, and living one's truth.

How does Sam's perspective broaden your understanding of neurodivergence?

Connect with Sam:

The New Rules of Engagement | Sam Warner | TEDxMalvern:

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