Feeling valued..

I’d like to thank you and Liz for putting on the event – it was much better than I expected, and I’d be keen to see/attend more such things happening.

I didn’t know quite what to expect from my first Bohm dialogue, but it was impressed by the process and the results. I thought I would feel some anger at some point – I didn’t expect it to be in the introductions! – but as the dialogue continued, I did gain a better understanding of the other participants, particularly the people with different views to myself. I particularly enjoyed hearing from the parents of autistic children, their struggles and also why they came. There was a feeling of wanting to improve the world for those affected by autism, and even tho people had different, and sometimes conflicting, ideas, there did seem to be a unity of purpose, which was most heartening. I also enjoyed being asked about my experience as an autistic person by research professionals – I felt very valued in those moments. I very much hope that there will be more such events like these – I’m a strong believer in the power of dialogue to change the world for the better.

– Autistic adult.  Event: ‘What are we thinking? (The Self in Cultural Contexts). Sep, 2017.