Lynne Soraya learned early the impact of expectations and the reality of the diversity of the human experience. A child with an unusual profile of skills and abilities, she was blessed with excellent teachers who saw through her differences and struggles to the ability beneath. It was only in adulthood, after years of difficulties and confusion, that she learned that her differences had a name: Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
Today, she is a woman who wears many hats. As a disability advocate and writer, she works to build awareness to the issues affecting those who do not fit into the mold society labels as “typical.” Her work was included as part of the compilation Asperger Syndrome (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders) which also included essays by Temple Grandin and Tony Attwood. In 2012, she was chosen to moderate the Guggenheim Forum (http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/interact/online-forum) Event "The Greater Good." Her essays from this event have been recently published as part of The Guggenheim Forum Reader.
Her work has also been featured on the The Creativity Post (http://www.creativitypost.com/), The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism (http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/), and Autism and Empathy site (http://www.autismandempathy.com/).
She was chosen as one of the Top 50 Most Inspiring Autistic People for 2011 at ThAutcast.com. She has been interviewed by several media outlets, including the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Columbian news magazine Semana, and the Child Mind Institute.
In her day job, she’s a technological professional in the Fortune 500 who also works to drive diversity and inclusion in a corporate context.
Her book, Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum is available in most major booksellers, including: