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Austin Deal


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Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I know with ADHD, I have developed problem solving skills that are natural to me. I have had to develop methods to make sure I understand others correctly, to use logical reasoning and critical thinking, with a large amount of cognitive flexibility to solve the problems I end up facing because of my ADHD. I know I end up putting a lot of pressure on myself, so I have had to be able to adapt to the situations I put myself in and find solutions. I have found that I am able to understand things in ways that other do not, and I constantly put myself in other people's shoes to understand their points of views. So I am use to out of the box thinking and I really enjoy learning different approaches and methodology. In the math that I do now, I am incredibly good at looking at other people's work and being able to follow their reasoning and arguments, and can grasp their solutions and reasons quickly and use the information I gain to solve current problems I am working on. I think it is referred to as cognitive flexibility. I find myself being able to use solutions I have seen in other places and remember them and understand how they work, and why they work, and when to apply them a lot quicker than others. It has definitely really helped me succeed in a variety of ways that I see that not a lot of other people have. And I also use this skill when communicating to others to find ways to help people understand things. When I am helping someone understand calculus, I always do my best to find explanations that make sense according to them, and use that to bridge them over to understanding the pure mathematics side of things. I think that is a unique advantage I have because of my life living with ADHD.

Technical Skills

Top 5 Soft Skills

AdaptabilityWorking Under PressureStrategic ThinkingLogical ReasoningCritical Thinking

Inclusion Essentials


Closed CaptioningSend Questions in AdvanceInterviewer Experienced with NeurodiversityAllowance of Fidgeting DevicesExtra TimeWritten interview instructionsEmail / Calendar OrganizationTask ManagementDaily Check-InsDaily RemindersEmail Writing HelpPresentation HelpCommunication PlanConcise InstructionsWritten ChecklistsWritten InstructionsRecorded Tasks & MessagesExtra Time to Process New InformationFlexible ScheduleUninterrupted Work TimeStanding DesksNoise-cancelling HeadphonesQuiet / Individual WorkspacesSelf-stimulation tools / gadgetJob CoachingSupport with Self-Advocacy

Environments I'm comfortable with

Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Loud noises
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)
Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Working with food
Bright or blinking lights
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Standing for long periods
Variable temperatures

It would be nice to have the opportunity to move around sometimes, and have places where I am around other people to work around but not too much going on around me, sort of like accountability buddy, or parallel play.

Education and Credentials

Attended for 2 years from 2018 to 2020

University of Central Florida

Master's degree - Mathematics