"You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
- George Bernard Shaw.
I've always loved that quote, i think its one that adequately describes who I am/we are; Outside the box, pondering schrodingers NT inside the box.
Unfortunately, to those in the box everything becomes box shaped and all the solutions are cuboid. But we're non convex polygons ('s), we dont fit in neat little boxes.
Unorthodox start to a post i realise, but i know you get it.
And i know its not the only thing you 'get' when you read other peoples posts on these pages and elsewhere on the net, especially the painful ones, because you have either been there or are currently passing through there for the umpteenth time, just know this, you are not alone. x
And that is the point of this post, you may have read my ramblings on other posts, particularly the suicide ones where i have mused about creating change, making things different etc etc blah blah blah ad nauseum
Now is the time to 'be the change' once again.
I intend on creating a metaphorical 'Space Port ASC' outside the box. OK i hear you 'thewhothewherethewhaaanow'. Think of it as a digital community of free range ASC folks, taking the best technologies the net has and harnessing them to make our lives better, together (ffs did i really just go brexity), and extending this into RL progress. This will not be another website/forum, it will be a true digital community hub for US.
I'm not going to lay it all out here in public, which is the point of this post, i am looking to create a small working group of people to discuss, explore and hopefully help shape 'Space Port ASC' (obv not its name, just an abstract thought, maybe an operational name per se ;) )
Who am i looking for?
No Idea. I would like to put our best foot forward so any foundations laid are solid, that means a broad spectrum of switched on people.
OVER 18, legally competent. Preferably diagnosed or well on the path.
Those requirements may jar some of you but i feel that it is best if we are able to navigate this pathfinding mission without added layers of complexity, space port ASC will be for EVERYBODY on the spectrum when sufficient safeguards are in place, i feel that is absolutely necessary.
I would also like to hear from people on this thread who like the idea of an ASC digital community, and would participate as a 'netizens' in our digital world.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
Below is the current government strategy for autism which is to be reviewed in 2019. It may serve as a possible starting point in which I believe you are suggesting to be a multi modal support network.
Thank you for that, its very useful in the here and now.
What i'm really talking about is this,
and finding ways through the community to realise our potential and secure ALL our needs INDEPENDENTLY
So Maslows Hierarchy of Needs
This is the route to suicide tbh, they tell you this n that support is available and its BS, you then start to fight and it becomes something else altogether.
More empty rhetoric.
So, does your idea hope to eradicate the bs and tell things as they are, to provide REAL and useful support or to put together a clearer picture of what support IS needed and push for it to happen?
None of the above is criticism and I admire your vision ... I’m just a bit dim at times..
I certainly like the idea of an ASC digital community and would potentially be interested in helping such a thing come to fruition, but would probably need a clearer vision of what you have in mind to ascertain whether I have any appropriate skills to contribute. :) I'm a legally competent adult with a diagnosis, anyway. Emma x
Perdu said:I'm not going to lay it all out here in public
Why not? It's probably best if people have some idea what they are signing up for, there are emotionally and mentally vulnerable people here. Transparency is probably best for everyone. I need details, not Emotional Selling Points based on insecurites and the premise of cameraderie.
Perdu said:OVER 18, legally competent
These seem like pretty specific legal contingencies, rather than requirements.
So what's the idea and what do you need? I'm not being cynical, I just need more information.
So are you hoping to structure the community as a means of accessing support/information/guidance/case studies/directory information regarding accommodation, employment, health and well being etc using the above pillars/categories to help navigate the community?
It the idea to make it forum based as well as resource based? Or it is a routeway to try to a support the journey to a more positive self-actualisation for those on the spectrum.
Keen on your idea Perdu.. it is a good idea :)
And THIS is precisely why people like me dont bother.
Am i not emotionally and mentally vulnerable? Should i be that transparent and expose my life to the unfiltered internet, therefore rendering myself even more vulnerable?
Or would it make sense for me to try to get a small group together with whom i can discuss the reasons and experiences that place me in a position to be able to create the infastructure and have the resources to make EPIC ***?
But i think you know that, can't have someone getting above your station can we now, pal im not even in your orbit.
Sure you're not NT?
Please don't post on this thread again, what i intend on doing is hard enough without naysayers who won't make any positive contributions, this is about building eachother up not tearing eachother down.
Please go forth and multiply.