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Showing posts with label Support Groups. Show all posts
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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Aspies Together. The Future of Autism Support in Second Life

What is Autism?

Autism is a spectrum condition meaning no two people diagnosed with it are the same as you can have elements from all over the spectrum. Autism is mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating, forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors.

Why does Second life help people with Autism?

Second Life removes so many of the obstacles of social interaction which get in the way in the real world. It gives people with autism the ability to express themselves as they wish, which may not be possible in the real world due to people’s reactions to this condition.

 It is unfortunate that the real world can be very harsh and critical of people on the spectrum due the fact that anyone with autism doesn't fit neatly into the box that society considers "normal".  My name is Sam Firehawk and  I am fully aware of the terms of service for Second Life and will never allow any member of the Aspies Together Group to break any rules while at the same time allowing our members to express themselves as they wish within those guidelines.

Here is a little background on me, I have been in Second Life since 2008 and I have suspected that I had a form of autism for a long time but only recently got diagnosed. I have a background as a DJ and also enjoy building things in this virtual world.

When I was officially diagnosed a year ago I began looking more closely at the autism groups in SL and couldn’t help but be disappointed with how inactive these groups were. It got me thinking.  What if we started a peer to peer support and social group? This is when Aspies Together was born. It started out as a group but we were very fortunate to get a kind land donation which is our current home. The club house is on two levels.  Downstairs is the club for live DJ events and upstairs is the quiet meeting area for our group sessions. We are open to the public to help bring awareness to Autism and inspiring others to spread awareness and provide support.

Our future goals are to offer free affordable housing and rentals for people on the Autism spectrum because we believe having their own space to call home is both therapeutic and important. We would also love to offer tuition for DJing to help with skill development and confidence building as well as extend out services and tuition for builders with Autism by providing free space to advertise and a place to sell goods our members create. Working Together we can make a difference!

Join Aspies Together Today!  Here is our Event Schedule

Mondays:  8am - 10am - Live DJ Sam Firehawk

Thursdays:   12pm - 1pm - Group session lead by Sam Firehawk with a different theme each week

Sundays:  12pm - 2pm Live DJ Yvette

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Introducing Virtual Ability -NemzKat Resident Reporting...

Path of Support

Virtual Ability has been building communities of support for people with disabilities in virtual worlds since 2007.

Studies are showing that bringing people with mental disabilities into virtual worlds is good for and benefits them. And many of you are probably thinking, what does this have to do with anything? Well, that’s what Virtual Ability is about. It helps people with mental disabilities to come into the worlds, and be successful with them. But SL is not the only world they do this is, but is what we will be talking about.

Virtual Abilities is present in both real life, and Second Life.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Inside the World of Relay for Life - Part Two -- Coco Lierfatte Reporting

This is a continuation of yesterday’s piece on Relay for Life. It was difficult to write about such a wonderful organization (and the wonderful people a part of RFL) in just one article. I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with a few Relay for Life veterans to learn about their joining of RFL and how the organization has impacted their lives.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Inside the World of Relay for Life - Part One -- Coco Lierfatte Reporting

Relay for Life is an amazing organization. It was founded in real life in 1985, and they established the organization in Second Life in 2004. The expansion of Relay for Life once they started in Second Life is tremendous; this season alone there are 96 teams, and over 2,000 relayers and the season hasn't even started! This season starts March 10th, 2012, and it's expected to be a great season this year. As the season's premiere approaches, I got to sit down with some of the people who help make Relay for Life possible.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Finding Support In SL -- Crimsoncure Reporting

Nonprofit organizations are an important and crucial part of Second Life. They help out with real world issues, but in Second Life and that interests me. I could go on forever about all the nonprofits, but there are a few that I chose to cover specifically: The Giving Circles Network, Project Jason, and NSW Animal Rescue.