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Autism Politics Discussion Group (Autistic NYC)

Upcoming meetings

The meetings listed below are online chat meetings (text-based). To view the meeting details (including a link to our chatroom), you must first join the Autistic in NYC / Queens group (and be logged in to if you have not done so already.

If you are planning to attend any of our chat meetings, please RSVP on the relevant page.

About the Autism Politics Discussion Group

The Autism Politics Discussion Group is not an advocacy/activist group. It's a group in which we can discuss political and social issues pertaining to autism, including controversies about topics such as the following:

Political topics not directly related to autism should not be discussed here, but should be discussed in the separate General Societal/Political Discussion Group.

The first few meetings, at least, will emphasize the question of how to keep our discussions civil and how to discuss our differences in a way that leads to mutual understanding rather than hurt feelings. We will examine methodologies such as the Socratic method, and we will discuss such questions as which sources (if any) we consider to be reliable and why.

Please join this group only if (1) you've attended at least two meetings of one of the groups led by members of the Autistic Peer Leadership Group (APLeG) within the past six months, and/or (2) you've been personally invited by a regularly-attending member of APLeG itself. (A "regularly-attending" member of APLeG is defined, for this purpose, as a person who has attended at least three meetings of APLeG within the past six months.) Most of our other groups do welcome newcomers, and indeed make an effort to welcome newcomers. But please do NOT join this group as a total newcomer to our set of groups, and please do NOT join this group for the sole purpose of promoting your point of view.

At least for now, the Autism Politics Discussion Group will hold text-based chats on the last Thursday of each month. Please RSVP via Meetup. Currently we use the Autistic In NYC / Queens groups site. (Eventually a separate Meetup group may be created, if and when this group gets big enough to justify it.)

As the COVID crisis winds down, we will decide whether and if so when and where to hold in-person meetings. We will probably continue to hold text-based chats as well.

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