Where I have been for the last 3 months

Embracing Neurodiversity, building a community of neurodivergent thinkers and allies to drive change

So much can happen in three months. For me the last three months, since I last shared a post with you, have seen me start something new. Something that I am quite excited about. I have taken the bold step and launch a new initiative call Me.Decoded - it is focused on providing a platform for others to share their personal thoughts and experiences, with the goal being to promote Neurodiversity.

It is not just focused on autism (though of course, this is a big focus). Being about Neurodiversity, it also includes dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, ADD, OCD, Bipolar, Sensory processing disorder and all other neurodevelopmental differences.

The launch of Me.Decoded has been greater than I could have hoped for, and I have had so many people get in touch about sharing their stories and becoming regular contributors to the site. I also shared my own personal story, where I shared parts of my life that I hadn't previously shared publically (especially about my growing up). As with most blog posts that I write, I had my heart in my throat as I pressed publish. I was worried about my mum's reaction to sharing my story and wondered how others would react. Once again, my sharing my story allowed others to feel a connection (albeit virtually) and understand that they are not alone in their struggles.

I cried this week when I was sent a message from someone who said that in discovering Me.Decoded, they had "found a sense of belonging". This is what I think so many people are looking for. To feel understood, and feel like they belong. I hope that as more people choose to share their stories on Me.Decoded, this sense of belonging can be felt by a greater number of people. There truly is a power in the sharing of personal stories.

So what does this mean for Life and ASC? It means that I will not post as often as I have done in the past, but I do still plan to blog. I have set myself a goal of trying to post at least once a month, as there is still so much I wish to say and I don't want to say goodbye to Life and ASC which has been such a big part of my life for the past few years.

I do hope that you will pop over to Me.Decoded and let me know what you think. Also if you, or anyone you know, is interested in sharing your story / thoughts/ or tips for Neurodiversity then please do get in touch.

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