About Spectrum Intersections
Spectrum Intersections is a peer led group for people 18+ who identify as lesbian, gay, bi+, trans, gender diverse, intersex, queer or asexual+ (LGBTIQA+) and as being on the neurodiversity spectrum, which includes but is not limited to autism spectrum, attention deficit / hyperactivity condition, tourette’s syndrome, obsessive compulsion, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, epilepsy, and other conditions that lead to brain functioning that is not neurotypical.
Members do not require a medical diagnosis of autism or neurodiversity to attend the free peer group, and recognises the current access barriers that exist in gaining diagnoses. Spectrum Intersections is a safe space and learning environment for people without fear of judgement, misunderstanding, harassment or abuse.
Spectrum Intersection provides connection, advocacy, and education to:
- LGBTIQA+ neurodiverse people, their friends, families, and supports
- Community advocacy through board representation
- Professional spaces through training and workplace/service consultancy
Spectrum Intersections supports lesbian, gay, bi+, trans, gender diverse, intersex, queer, and asexual+ (LGBTIQA+) neurodivergent people to experience social inclusion and belonging in their communities, with a focus on understanding that LGBTIQA+ and neurodivergent identities are core to personal identity, expression, communication, and connection.
This approach to inclusive support is aligned with the Disability Act Vic (2006), the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act (2013), Mental Health Act Vic (2014), Victorian Human Service Standards and evidence based practices such as Person Centred Active Support.