The fellowship with peers, allowing me to understand myself better as an autistic person. Social groups help with loneliness (especially important during lockdowns, but also because I work from home so don't have a lot of social contact through work). I also find it fulfilling to be able to use my experience to help other group members.
The knowledge that there was an organisation who would understand my son and his condition, and that I was welcomed as a parent.
Angie is doing a brilliant job! She is a very good listener but also, she has a great way of giving complicated information without it overwhelming. Having someone who understands what is needed to support people with neurodiversity is vital in a world that wears blinkers. The only other thing is that I find the S4Nd website a little confusing to use, but that could be just me!
Just to say thank you and I'm so glad S4Nd exists. Everything would be so much harder without the support I've had from S4Nd. I also really value what S4Nd is doing to promote patient choice and make NHS organisations aware of poor services and the impact this has on people who are referred to them. Having had my own brief but traumatic experience I wanted to make my voice heard and I feel like I can do that with Angie's help and also contribute to making things better for other people in the future. It's also been valuable to know how many other people have had similar experiences.
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