As an Autistic-led organisation dedicated to supporting, validating and empowering Autistic young people, we have the privilege of working with a significant number who also identify as LGBTIQA+. All too often, they struggle to find acceptance and understanding of their Autistic & LGBTIQA+ identities.
Our upcoming cycle of online mentoring (starting week of 13 September) will once again include groups for Autistic LGBTIQA+ teens. We recognise how important it is for young people to have a safe space to connect with peers and mentors who can relate to their experiences. [Insert button that links to online mentoring] https://icannetwork.online/online/
Earlier this year, I CAN Network was chosen as one of 12 outstanding organisations across Victoria to receive a HEY (Healthy Equal Youth) Grant to lead innovative, COVID-safe projects that support the wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people.
Our project, led by Autistic LGBTIQA+ members on our team, is focused on creating a suite of resources that validate and empower Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people and help the adults and service providers in their lives provide more meaningful support. The voices of 70 young collaborators across Australia are strongly reflected in the materials below.
We are very proud to share tip sheets and recommended resources for:
Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people
For grown ups supporting Autistic LGBTIQA+ youth
For service providers supporting LGBTIQA+ Autistic young people
You can download each of the respective tip sheet sets here (screen reader-accessible versions are available on our website):