Aishah Nyeta-Brown is a graduate of George Mason University, with degrees in Fine Arts and Climate Change. She is passionate about social justice and showcases that on her Instagram, aishah_nyeta. Posts range from climate advocacy, racial injustices, and her autism.
“I created the account for myself, not for others…so everything I post is what I care about and what I believe in,” said Aishah.
Aishah spent time speaking about her experiences as a late-diagnosed autistic female, as well as being a black autistic female.
“I believe the color of my skin will be a part of everything I do. If I post about me being autistic, everyone will also see that I am black,” Aishah said.
One of the posts pinned on Aishah’s profile is Non-Violent Communication and Autism which is a post advocating for a deeper look into how autistic individuals struggle with communication. The post is asking autistic individuals to reflect on how they communicate with others, as well as listen to what the others are saying.
“Communication is reciprocal and conceptual. So be sure that you have consent before starting deep conversations with other people. Also, be sure that the other person is reciprocal and receptive to what you are saying, otherwise, you could be stepping on their boundaries and them very upset,” the post states.
This type of post isn’t common in the autistic community online. Many creators are focused on educating the general public on how to help autistic individuals in the workplace, educational spaces, and public spaces. But not many creators try to educate autistic individuals themselves. The post received a lot of praise in the comments and created a place for neurodivergent individuals to have a conversation.
“I currently use my voice on social media to help people understand Autism better and help people accept themselves and late-diagnosed AFAB individuals. Climate advocacy is a vital part of my social justice work. I am constantly finding myself at exciting intersections; intersections of race, invisible disability, womanhood, science vs. art, class, and privilege,” Aishah has written on her website.
However, not everything Aishah posts online receive the same amount of positive praise, just like every other creator. Aishah told a story about a post she made on Instagram Reels. It was a short video with text on top of it.
“The words were moving too fast is what a lot of the comments said. I was hoping people would pause and read the information, but I didn’t make that clear,” said Aishah, “It is surprising how critical autistic people are to other autistic people. We all struggle with different things.”
The posts didn’t hurt Aishah’s following at all but made Aishah more aware of what she is posting since she does have a large following. She makes sure there is enough contrast from the text to the background, and she still shares her experiences as a black autistic female.
“I don’t see my work on social media as influencing for several reasons; who am I to believe I can “influence” those with free will? It’s giving evil. What I am doing has a higher vibration than control and power; it is all about authenticity and vulnerability; when we can achieve this with ourselves as Autistic people, we can achieve this with others,” said Aishah on her website.
Aishah Nyeta-Brown will continue to create, advocate and share with those with autism or the general public who are looking to be educated. She hopes that her content will create awareness of not just topics of autism, but climate change, racial injustices, and sexist injustices as well.