This group focuses on arts, drama, fashion, public speaking and other means of self-expression. Guidelines for staying on topic:
1) The topic and/or context should be about self-expression matters that autistic adults in the group have encountered or are likely to encounter. Since autistics and NeuroTypicals are both humans, it is unavoidable to discuss self-expression matters faced by other groups of people. However, the topic should first and foremost be of interest to the autistics in the group, not the NeuroTypicals.
2) Since this is an arts group, members can discuss fictitious scenarios and creations. However, do focus on topics and scenarios that provide learning opportunities for others in real life instead of merely describing what idealistic or imaginary worlds/beings/creations are like.
3) The topic discussed should have the practical goal of making the autistics more capable of self-expression, or better able to blend in with NeuroTypicals (e.g. by donning sufficiently fashionable clothes). It may be interesting to discuss how Picasso renders his artwork, or if autistics are predisposed to the Mona Lisa effect, but these belong more to an Interest Group.
4) This group is not about soliciting charitable support using artistic autistic talents, but more for self-development and personal growth. You are welcome to share about these efforts but bear in mind that this is not the main topic here.
5) Autistic artists are welcome to discuss their work but bear in mind this is neither an art gallery for displaying artwork nor a marketplace for selling artwork. In other words, do not spam this group with your artwork. We advise that you place your artwork on an album, blog or website, and just share a single link to the group for people to browse at their leisure.
5) The topic of politics will likely come up, and we can understand that because many efforts at self-expression (e.g. LGBTQIA, anarchism) have been politicised. However, this is not a political or activist group. Please refrain from topics such as repealing 377A, free speech rights, the private lives of politicians, and how countries should be run. Participants who insist on discussing politics will be asked to leave.
6) Promotion of art products and services are also welcomed, provided that they are on topic. You can share if people ask, but keep it brief. You can reach out to interested members privately to give details but don’t spam the group.
7) Although some NeuroTypicals oppress autistics and constrain them from expressing themselves freely, this is not the forum to insult or bash NeuroTypical art, culture, and practices. We are here to build bridges and not walls. Please treat others with respect so that they can also treat you with respect.
8) If you must really mention something irrelevant that is connected to a relevant topic currently under discussion, then remember to end it within three mentions.
Participants are welcome to share their experiences when it is relevant to do so. As there are many people who have shared about their autism experiences already, participants are advised to focus on depth, quality, and uniqueness. Share something that you don’t usually hear from other works on autism or something that gives a twist to the ordinary.
Do note the rules about keeping the group spam-free. If you must share a long essay or article, please upload it on a blog, website, Google Drive or another online service first, then share the link for us to read at our leisure.