a) Create an Aspie safe space for Aspies to meet other Aspies b) Trade tips and life hacks with each other to overcome Aspie-related struggles and challenges c) Enjoy special interests with other like-minded Aspies.
2. During our meet-ups, you don't have to socialize or talk if you don't feel like it. You don't have to perform or act like an NT or laugh at NT jokes to fit in here. You can be honest and direct. We encourage you to be your true, weird, alien, Aspie-self.
3. The meet-up space will be small, private and quiet. I am still looking for a location. Incidentally, if anyone knows of a small, uncrowded place (a café, restaurant, park, meeting space, etc.) with no background music, loud coffee machines and/or noisy human chatter in the LA area, please feel free to share with us in the comment section.
4. Finally, as this is my first time starting a meet-up group, I am open to any constructive suggestions now and going forward.
My name is Amirah. I was diagnosed with Aspergers as an adult. I love traveling, music (I'm a singer-songwriter on a mission to unite people through music), nature and exploring different cultures. My special interest is personal development.
When it happened, it felt like the universe suddenly switched on the lights after I had been crawling around in the dark my entire life. It was both a relief and a revelation.
Until recently, I had never known nor met another Aspie—at least that I was aware of. Ironically enough, as I started to share my diagnosis with everyone around me, I found out my best friend was an Aspie as well; like me, she just didn't know it at first. Soon after, I discovered a few other friends I made when I moved out to LA were Aspies, too; they just didn't know it either. They do now.
After my diagnosis, I read every book on Asperger's I could get my hands on. I also watched many YouTube videos, especially those by Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Temple Grandin for two solid weeks. I laughed and I cried reading those books and watching these videos; so many lightbulbs went off in my head. I loved Dr. Grandin's film, and later was fortunate enough to catch her talk at the Autism Conference in LA.
As Aspies, we know how hard it is to socialize and make friends; we don't need many of them, just a few good ones.
"A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world." - Leo Buscaglia
It was such a relief to finally understand who I truly was and have been on a journey to unmask myself.
Part of that journey has led me to this: the decision to start an informal Asperger's meet-up group.
I also post about my personal experiences as an Aspie on my socials: