Let's Get Started!!
What brings you here?
I am glad to see there is a group for adults on the spectrum!
When I first started peeking out in the world as an Autistic adult there were not many of us willing to step up and out with bold pride. Recently I was working with my youngest and I asked him to look up the word "defiance". To my surprise his simple dictionary described it as "boldly standing up"....now I understand why some people think I am socially inappropriate, or even defiant. According to some social norms and cultures my normal seems defiant.
It has been about ten years since I first started reaching out to connect to people in a safe space and place....on line. Now we get to do it here and physically meet in person every year at the Autism One Conference!
My hope is that for the next conference we have a "safe space" for us to go and have some down time. I think a group of adults on the spectrum started this concept when they started a conference "FOR AUTISTICS", not just about Autism.
For a long time I thought (and still I slip into this rut without realizing it) that if something is not specifically "FOR" then it must be the complete opposite...."against", what ever the intent is.
I am still learning and am so glad to find other adults that have already learned it is not always "us" or "them" but all of us working on a common goal for a better world for all of us.
Looking forward to connecting with everyone.