Welcome, listener, wherever you are in the world. Welcome to Spectrum email@example.com. You can rely on us to be here with you every Sunday, 6:00 PM in the uk, 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. In the US we are constant. We are reliable. Our conversations express our experiences as individual autistic people.
We offer them as part of the wider conversation about autism. It's an opportunity for engagement and exploration of our identities. We are finding a comfortable environment in our own words and voices. There's no need for us to adapt to outward expressions or fit into social norms. It's communication in words only.
We're not using the pattern of social discourse where how you look or what you express in body language dominates the communication. When we strip out the 90% of normal non verbal communication, it's easier for us to express our ideas and just flow. Each of us makes a comfortable environment to speak from.
That's important to us. No distractions. It reduces pressures of adapting to the social context as close as we can get to direct authentic uncluttered clarity. I'm autistic Julian calling from Tangiers Morocco. Justin and Morris are in home studios around Edinburgh and Harry near Glasgow, Scotland. , our contributors are located worldwide.
Usually at this point we would include you in our planning meetings. We have our discussions and make our decisions in the open, not behind closed doors. The direction of our charity autistic association and the project of autistic radio.com can be clearly accessed by anyone who listens in the most open way we can think of by making a broadcast After any other business we talk.
That part is where it gets most interesting because it's the spontaneous and unstructured part. It's the bit where we can edit our words into a podcast. We take out the long gaps where there's pauses for thought. We scrub out a few ums and errs, but otherwise we leave it raw and real. It's definitely a niche. Listen, It's not intended to be a viral sensation, but it's genuine. It's unmasked. Today's different, we're going to turn on the cameras and be watched. That's voluntary, but it's uncomfortable. We're going scripted. The irony of explaining our best environment for inclusion whilst taking part in one of the worst environments is not lost on me.
Neither is a mismatch between using a script instead of our natural flow. It's by invitation that we are presenting to some of the decision makers who influence the provision of services and create the policies that frame the landscape of autism in Scotland. So it's a privilege to be heard. The opportunity of access to their ears is valuable and we hope to make best use of their time.
What we have to present to you today is a unique project, and it's an unusual one. We like to say that we are moving beyond artistically led to something that is authentically autistic and true to ourselves as autistic people. It's so fresh and new that it was only a few days ago that our charity received its legal status.
Autistic association is now an S CIO charity. We base much of what we do from what we learn in partnering with you, the network. How to involve autistic people follows the question, why involve them? We have to be realistic that it's a difficult time financially. Perhaps the most com that can be hoped for is substitutions in the way things operate, moving resources rather than increasing them.