My ADHD Journey

In this week's podcast Leyla speaks to Rahimeh Ramezany talk about her ADHD journey as a Muslim American woman as well as her EDI work. Continue Reading My ADHD Journey

Welcome to the 172nd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. December’s theme is all about intersectionality in disability. So, today we’re going to be talking about ADHD and the Muslim experience or My ADHD journey. One person’s Muslim experience of being diagnosed with ADHD when they turned 30. To join me in doing this with me is the wonderful Rahimeh Ramezany.

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About my guest

Rahimeh Ramezany (RAH-hee-may) (RAM-eh-zaun-nee) is a multiethnic, neurodiverse, visibly Muslim American woman, and is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Intercultural Specialist. No matter how big or small, all of us have spheres of influence to push for greater inclusion, equity, and intercultural understanding.

Her work is focused on addressing the experiences of marginalized religious, racial, and ethnic communities in the United States, in order to create change on an individual, interpersonal, and systemic scale. 

She holds a Masters degree in Intercultural Communication from San Jose State University, and a Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership from Lucas College of Business’s Global Leadership Advancement Center. In 2016 she served as a Fellow at the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication, and since then have worked at multiple diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused consulting firms and nonprofits in program management, training, and consulting capacities, before starting her own business in June 2021.

In today’s show on My ADHD Journey

  • About Rahimeh and the work she does. [02:11]
  • How she got into her line of work [02:56]
  • A look into her ADHD journey, and how it came about. [06:40]
  • How her religious identity is woven into her ADHD journey. [16:18]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [45:12]

Quotes on My ADHD Journey

  • I actively go out of my way to learn about other cultures, ethnicities, and genders so that I can be a more understanding sensitive ally.
  • We all learn, and when we know better, we do better.
  • When you meet someone in person, make sure you understand that no group is a monolith.
  • A neurodiverse person, especially with ADHD, might need certain accommodations, or an understanding of the way their brain works.
  • Self-awareness is really important.

Connect with Rahimeh for more on My ADHD journey

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