Episode 6

Published on:

26th Dec 2023

The Human (Factor) in the Neurodivergent Experience (ft. Nick Roome)

In today’s episode of Safe and Effective we are featuring an excerpt of the previously recorded Human Factors Cast show in which Nick Roome and our host Heidi Mehrzad shared their personal experiences living with ADHD and AuDHD/ASD and discussed the various ways in which their neurodiversity impacts their lives. From professional to personal relationships to day to day tasks and lives, as well as how they see the world through their neurodivergent eyes.

Of course, as ADHDer’s would, they go off on many side tangents discussing ADHD and parenting, AuDHD in social interactions, and even take a sharp left turn and dive into the deeper meaning of unconditional love, how they personally define it, and how they have learned and experienced it throughout their lives.

Our vision for today’s episode is simple: sit back, relax, enjoy their chaotic and often times, let’s face it, hilarious conversation about anything and everything, and know that you are not alone in your neurodivergent mind. 

And please remember, you are worthy of love, you are enough, and your neurodivergent mind does not make you a burden.

And for all the neurotypicals listening out there, we hope you enjoy their beautiful zig zag conversation about how their minds work and process the world around them, and maybe, who knows, you learn something today that will allow you to gain a new or changed perspective and enable you to connect deeper with the neurodivergent people in your lives. 

Enjoy a very typical ADHD-all-over-the-place-wonderfully-and-deeply-amusing-chat on their very own, deeply personal, daily neurodivergent experience in a world made for neurotypicals.  

Holiday Note from our Host:

During this time of year many people struggle, especially the ones in the neurodivergent community. When everyone’s focus is to come together and travel to where we belong during the holidays, it is easy to get lost and feel alone and isolated. 

It is therefore all the more important that we take care of and show grace to ourselves and the people around us.

Be kind to yourself and one another.

We know from research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships and connections.

Empathy, grace, gratitude, and kindness aren’t just some fashionable trends to engage in, they can be the reason someone makes it through the most difficult time of year, the reason someone doesn’t lose all hope, the reason someone finds their smile and joy again and is reminded that in fact they are not alone and love is indeed all around us after all.

Be that reason for someone.

Be someone’s sunshine.

Happy Holidays to everyone.

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Safe and Effective
The Medical Human Factors Podcast
If you're interested in staying informed about the latest developments in medical human factors and user experience, then Safe and Effective is the podcast for you. We bring you lessons learned, case studies, and regulatory updates, through our conversations with experts from industry, academia, and government to share their insights and experiences with you. Join us as we explore the world of human factors and its impact on the medical field. Whether you're an industry expert or a novice looking to learn more, Safe and Effective, The Medical Human Factors Podcast is for you.

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Heidi M

Heidi is the founder and CEO of the medical human factors and usability consultancy HFUX Research, LLC, which specializes in medical device, technology, and combination product research, design, testing, and development. She has a wide-ranging background as a trained pilot, emergency medical technician, software analyst and human factors and usability expert within the (medical) product development industry. Her motivation for the past 20 years has been directed toward enhancing human-product performance by optimizing user interface design, information architecture and user and product workflow, through the application of human factors science and usability practices. She is an active mentor in the HF/UX community and HFES society. She holds patents in GUI design for medical imaging and surgical navigation software systems, a BS in Aeronautics, and a MS in Human Factors and Systems, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as technical degrees in IT Mgmt. and Emergency Medical Services, from Sacred Heart University and Daytona State College.