What we're about

A group for all adult (18+) women/LGBTQI+ with autism and related neurodivergence - or women who’ve maybe taken the AQ test for adult autism (https://psychology-tools.com/test/autism-spectrum-quotient), wondered, and want to explore possible autism free from medicalisation and ‘male brain’ theories.

There’s really not much known and even less support for women with autism so one of the points of this group is to explore gender and autism and the other is to create our own community networks and critical definitions.

This isn’t a mental health support group, it’s about a place to be ourselves. We’re interested in self-definition, critical theories of neurodiversity, fluid identities, alternative therapies, and in what is needed for autistic women to enjoy life. We’re also interested in making better use of digital tools to collaborate and reduce isolation.

We don’t have any time for rules and regs but everyone does need to be respectful of communication and sensory issues and we can’t always accommodate mental health co-(or other)diagnoses. Everyone talking at once through to lurking in the background are absolutely fine as long the space stays constructive and bearable for auties. Come and go as you please, post to comments if you have questions or want to touch base before coming along in person.

Resource page: https://www.notion.so/Neurodissident-Women-Support-Group-Resources-2e5085787a6b4731acf235e6d8178c84

Contact us at neurodissidentcafe@gmail.com

Upcoming events (5)

**ONLINE MEETING** Neurodissident Cafe

Online event

Image credit: 21andsensory https://21andsensory.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/what-is-stimming/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B0wb1rlhoGB/

Meeting link: https://vdc.dyne.org/neurodissidence

Topic(s) for the meeting- Stimming

Links:
Autism Stimming: 5 Types Of Autism Stimming [#AD​ - Gifted] | IndieAndy | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5M2DzK7kaw
Stimming - What is it and why do we do it? | Ticcer's Unite | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z4WhzfiSJs
Stimming - a guide for all audiences | NAS | https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/behaviour/stimming/all-audiences
Tic, Stim or Compulsion? | Ticcer's Unite | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27RI1WLhhEg
What is Fidgeting/ Stimming & Does It Help Me Focus? | ABCs of ADHD | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atm9i6tqKvg
Autistic Speech Patterns – Autism & Echolalia, Palilalia, & Verbal Stimming | Neurodivergent Rebel | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYh4gULwt_U
all about my stims (a tag video ?!) | Ashton Daniel | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHlos9VtM0o

If you have any other useful links, feel free to put them in the comments below.

*Future topics*
-April: Neurodivergence and empathy
-May: Neurodivergence and Depression

If you have any ideas for future topics, let us know either during the meeting or via email ([masked]).

*Resource page*

We also have a page full of useful resources that's updated every 2 weeks/monthly: https://www.notion.so/Neurodissident-Women-Support-Group-Resources-2e5085787a6b4731acf235e6d8178c84

*Events & Calls for Contributions*
https://www.notion.so/Events-Calls-for-Contributions-page-last-updated-28-01-2021-updated-every-two-weeks-8253dc6b971e46e78b86cfa15e5dc515

*Neurodissident Cafe: Covid19 Update*

Neurodissident Cafe is now monthly (on the last Sunday of the month) and will be online for the duration of the pandemic lockdown.

Look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday to chat over tea and cake in the comfort of your own home - and be in a welcoming space. We aim to be as low-key as possible, feel free to arrive and leave when you're ready, talk or lurk - no pressure. Jitsi also has a chat feature if you'd prefer to communicate in that way.

We're using the Jitsi service because we feel it's the most private as people might want to discuss sensitive issues.

**ONLINE MEETING** Neurodissident Cafe

Online event

Meeting link: https://vdc.dyne.org/neurodissidence

Topic(s) for the meeting- TBA

If you have any other ideas (and links) please but them in the comments below so we can have a few topics to move between on the day.

*Resource page*

We also have a page full of useful resources that's updated every 2 weeks/monthly: https://www.notion.so/Neurodissident-Women-Support-Group-Resources-2e5085787a6b4731acf235e6d8178c84

*Neurodissident Cafe: Covid19 Update*

Neurodissident Cafe is now monthly (on the last Sunday of the month) and will be online for the duration of the pandemic lockdown.

Look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday to chat over tea and cake in the comfort of your own home - and be in a welcoming space. We aim to be as low-key as possible, feel free to arrive and leave when you're ready, talk or lurk - no pressure. Jitsi also has a chat feature if you'd prefer to communicate in that way.

We're using the Jitsi service because we feel it's the most private as people might want to discuss sensitive issues.

**ONLINE MEETING** Neurodissident Cafe

Online event

Meeting link: https://vdc.dyne.org/neurodissidence

Topic(s) for the meeting- TBA

If you have any other ideas (and links) please but them in the comments below so we can have a few topics to move between on the day.

*Resource page*

We also have a page full of useful resources that's updated every 2 weeks/monthly: https://www.notion.so/Neurodissident-Women-Support-Group-Resources-2e5085787a6b4731acf235e6d8178c84

*Neurodissident Cafe: Covid19 Update*

Neurodissident Cafe is now monthly (on the last Sunday of the month) and will be online for the duration of the pandemic lockdown.

Look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday to chat over tea and cake in the comfort of your own home - and be in a welcoming space. We aim to be as low-key as possible, feel free to arrive and leave when you're ready, talk or lurk - no pressure. Jitsi also has a chat feature if you'd prefer to communicate in that way.

We're using the Jitsi service because we feel it's the most private as people might want to discuss sensitive issues.

**ONLINE MEETING** Neurodissident Cafe

Online event

Meeting link: https://vdc.dyne.org/neurodissidence

Topic(s) for the meeting- TBA

If you have any other ideas (and links) please but them in the comments below so we can have a few topics to move between on the day.

*Resource page*

We also have a page full of useful resources that's updated every 2 weeks/monthly: https://www.notion.so/Neurodissident-Women-Support-Group-Resources-2e5085787a6b4731acf235e6d8178c84

*Neurodissident Cafe: Covid19 Update*

Neurodissident Cafe is now monthly (on the last Sunday of the month) and will be online for the duration of the pandemic lockdown.

Look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday to chat over tea and cake in the comfort of your own home - and be in a welcoming space. We aim to be as low-key as possible, feel free to arrive and leave when you're ready, talk or lurk - no pressure. Jitsi also has a chat feature if you'd prefer to communicate in that way.

We're using the Jitsi service because we feel it's the most private as people might want to discuss sensitive issues.

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**ONLINE MEETING** Neurodissident Cafe

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