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Welcome to members! Come and introduce yourself.

Tue 1 Sep 2015 10:34am

Welcome to the forum!

What’s it all about? As the name suggests, this is a space to talk about autism with others.

You can share your thoughts and experiences, frustrations, joys and anything at all related to autism!

We want this to be a safe and friendly space to chat.

Here you can introduce yourself to the community. You might want to share a hobby or interest or your connection with autism.If you've been a member of the community for a while, you might want to share a top tip or tell us how long you've been a member. 

So I’m Charlotte and I work for Ambitious about Autism. I am passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism and being ambitious for people with autism. I love to curl up with a good book – fiction and non-fiction. I’m currently reading IQ84 by Murakami.

 

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Charlotte, Community Manager

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  • fixmatop's picture

    Hi Guys

    I'm Kim, I have been a community champion here for just over 2 years but have been a member of the forums for about 5 years. I am 29 and have a diagnosis of Asperger's, dyspraxia and epilepsy. I received my Asperger's diagnosis age 14/15 after my parents fought a long time for it.

    I love being part of the community as I have been able to offer advice and support here and have received a lot too. I aim to continue on the forums for a long time as it has been a major support to me. I hope others find it as good a sorce of information and support as I do.

    Kim - Community Champion
  • NickyB's picture

    Hello Smile

    I'm Nicky and I've been a member here for 6 years. I've been a Community Champion for a few years now.

    I have 2 boys - my eldest is 17 and the younger one is 12 and has a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism.

    I love being a member of this Community as it's a great place to share advice and support. I particularly like being able to help people negotiate he education system, as I've had lots of experience (good and bad!).

     

    Nicky - Community Champion
  • JosieB's picture

    Hi

    I was part of a team of volunteer testers of the forum before it went live back in early 2009 and also joined as a Champion.     I was married to an adult on the spectrum and have three children, the youngest of whom is the only one with a formal diagnosis.   I have had a keen interest in autism and spreading awareness both locally and to a wider audience via the internet.   I am also on the Board of Directors of a local autism charity who provide support to families ... in fact that's how I got involved with them as they provided respite and club activities for my son to attend for a number of years when he was younger.

    I'm also very much an advocate for making better use of the insights and knowledge of adults on the spectrum in the autism community as a whole as well as the wider community.    I have found their insights in this forum absolutely invaluable over the years.

    This community has been a great support for me over the years too as the sharing of tips and strategies has proved to be a two way street and I feel that we who have travelled the road should impart of our experiences to those at different stages on the journey.    It's a safe, well-moderated community for both those on the spectrum and their friends and relatives.

    I love the new "Understanding Autism" section which provides information and tips on just about everything.

     

    Josie - Community Champion
  • Tallulah's picture

    Hi All, I am Laura. I was diagnosed with Asperger's in 2007. I am 34 now. I have just completed my degree in Animal Behaviour, and now I work part time at a cat rescue centre.

     

    I also suffer from ME which means that alongside work I have little energy left for hobbies. I don't mind because I love my job and get to work alongisde a really nice bunch of colleagues. Well, sometimes it does frustrate me. But I enjoy cross-stitching and have just started to learn to sew, so I can make my cross-stitch pieces into bags and cushions and things. I also like watching wildlife documentaries. When I can, I enjoy visiting wildlife reserves and taking photographs of the animals.

     

    I have a very naughty cat called Mitzi, who is my best friend.

     

    I joined the forum because I wanted to meet other autistic adults, and I have found it a great place to get support and advice.

    Laura - Community Champion
  • NNatalia89's picture

    Hi. I'm Natalia. I'm 25 and just recently has been diagnosed with Aspergers. I'm a Mum of two very bright boys Xavier (4) and Eric (2). Xavier been diagnosed with ASD over year ago and that was when I first start to read the forum, although I have join in couple of months later. Xavier have also Right Sided Cerebral Palsy Hemiplegia apart from ASD. Eric got his official diagnosis just today morning, although it wasn't any suprise at all. I have first joined the forum to learn about ASD as when my older one was first diagnosed I haven't got any idea about autism & felt extremely lost. From this forum I have gained lots of knowladge and support. It also gived me the answers about my self which has lead to my own diagnosis. Now still founding lots of new advises and support but also have enough experience and knowladge of my own to be able to give advises and share my experiences with others and I love to do so. 

    Autism. It's not a processing error. It's a different operating system.
  • SherpaMum's picture

    Hi, I have been a member of the forum since my son was diagnosed with ASD (high functioing) last Summer.  I am the newest Community Champion.

    I joined the forum to obtain information about ASD, as after diagnosis we were discharged from the paediatrician and left to it.  It was such a relief to find somewhere that I could ask questions without fear of judgement and from people who knew what they were talking about.  Since then I have tried to find out everything that I can to help my son with his diagnosis.

    I love long walks in the countryside, now complimented by a running commentary about Lego, reading good books and baking.  I have just started bread making, and it is very therapeutic walloping the bread dough after a stressful week at work.

  • fixmatop's picture

    I agree with what you said about bread making its got me through a lot of stressfull situations. Actually when at college if I was upset about something I often got transferred to bread making lol.

    Kim - Community Champion
  • CharlotteL's picture

    Also with you on the baking! 

    Charlotte, Community Manager
  • Tea's picture

    I am 28 years old and was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome when I was 21, in March 2009. I live with my parents and am the only person with a diagnosis of Asperger's in my immediate family. I also have OCD, health anxiety, and dyscalculia. I am interested in reading about other people's experiences and I love being part of this community - it makes me feel like I belong at least somewhere and that is a massive comfort at times when I feel alone.

    My interests include nutrition, Lady Gaga, reading information books mainly about food, tea or philosophy,  words, and finding out new information about autism. I also like raising awareness of autism by giving talks, which makes me feel better and it also helps others.

  • CharlotteL's picture

    Welcome everyone smiley

    Charlotte, Community Manager

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