Thank you Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area for giving me the opportunity to write up this blog post on your site, I am grateful to be able to present both my book, Being Seen, and also the meditation group I facilitate for people on the autism spectrum and the neurodiverse population.
This is my memoir about being a French woman with autism struggling not only to be seen, but to be understood and respected. My childhood was beset by overwhelming sensory chaos and trouble navigating the social world. Without having a name for my condition, I moved to America where I survived a new culture without the support of my family. After teaching in Chicago, I moved to California where I found Zen meditation. Today, I work to help people understand my way of being and the value of meditation in living and thriving with autism.
Being Seen is on Amazon and you can also find more details at www.anlordavin.com
Update: Since its publication in United States in May 2016, I have found a French publisher (it is confusing that in French there is no different word for editor and publisher… and so the word “éditeur” can mean either or). My book is slated to come out in France and in French in the spring of 2017, that is in just a few months already! We have kept the same cover as everyone likes it, but of course the title will be French: “Etre reconnue."
The Autsit meditation group for the autistic and neurodiverse populations meets at Dominican University of CA in San Rafael, on the first Saturday of each month. I am Lay Ordained in the Soto Zen tradition but the group does not follow any formal practices apart from basic upright sitting. Beginners and the curious (and of course Dominican students) are very welcome. There will be one period of meditation and a shorter period of walking meditation, followed by informal discussion. Practitioners of all faiths or none are invited. The meeting is free.
(The next meeting is from 10:30 to noon on February 4, 2017)
More information about Autsit can be found at http://www.autsit.net
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