TURNING POINTE AUTISM FOUNDATION: A SAFE SPACE - Turning Pointe Autism Foundation

TURNING POINTE AUTISM FOUNDATION: A SAFE SPACE

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Full Article from Positively Naperville

by Mary Butler

In a world full of spaces to interact with others, where are your safe spaces? Is it online, at home, at school, at work, or at your favorite local spot?

When I think about safe spaces, I think about where I feel free to be my most authentic self. It is vital to have different avenues of safe spaces where we can just “be,” and this is the type of space The Hangouts at Turning Pointe Autism Foundation became.

Two years ago, Turning Pointe started a social group for young adults on the spectrum. It started with small gatherings and slowly grew into a community of individuals who looked forward to every monthly meeting, now called “The Hangouts.”

Each month, I witness participants excited to see each other, share stories and laughs, and – most important – just be themselves, together. I always knew it was something special, but when a participant bought a little gift for another simply because it reminded them of her, I realized how much this has impacted lives. It is apparent that The Hangouts have become a safe space. And I feel fortunate to have a safe space, too, sharing time with the diverse autism community.

Building on the success of The Hangouts, we are launching The Teen Hangouts! Knowing that socialization and peer connection are important aspects of the teenage years, we look forward to building a new community and helping teenagers on the spectrum find safe spaces.

Are you interested in joining The Hangouts or looking for guidance on your autism journey? Contact me, Turning Pointe’s Family Specialist Mary Butler, at mbutler@turningpointeaf.org or (630) 615-6036.

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  1500 West Ogden Avenue

Naperville, IL 60540

  contactus@turningpointaft.org

   630.570.7948

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Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation Foglia Family Adult Services is a Certified Autism Center by the IBCCES and the Adult Day Pilot is accredited by CARF.

Our organization does not discriminate in employment or the provision of educational services on the basis on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

tpaf-color-medium
  1500 West Ogden Avenue

Naperville, IL 60540

  contactus@turningpointeaf.org

   630.570.7948

4Star 234×60
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation Foglia Family Adult Services is a Certified Autism Center by the IBCCES and the Adult Day Pilot is accredited by CARF.

Our organization does not discriminate in employment or the provision of educational services on the basis on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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