Words by Abi Scaife
Speed dating for neurodivergent people is breaking barriers and creating friendships in Australia.
Amazing! What’s the story?
Sam Martina, who has autism, set up the event after facing his own struggles with dating.
Hopefuls from across the town of Warrnambool attended the event, searching for connection - not just romantic, but platonic, too.
They were encouraged to be their authentic selves as they chatted to potential soul mates.
Organisers gave crash courses in small talk and communication but focused on the message that attendees should not feel the need to ‘mask’ or hide their neurodivergence.
It’s great to see an event pop up that allows neurodivergent people to be who they truly are and find valuable connections.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
The Brain Charity. The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition. Support them here.
The ADHD Foundation. This is a charity focusing on supporting and educating those with neurodivergence, including ADHD. Find out more here.
Sense. Sense helps thousands of people who have complex disabilities to communicate, experience the world and fulfil their potential. Learn more here.