Grape to meet you: Chloe Stuart, Mentor

How did you get involved with I Can?
I got involved with I Can in the crisp month of October 2014 when I went to their second ever camp, this one for teens. I made friends and was thrilled to meet so many people on the spectrum, I wanted to share the experience with other people. This and my bright attitude caused them to consider me as a potential mentor at future camps.

What made you want to get involved?
I’d always wanted a special place where I could meet people just like me since I was a little kid, a Hogwarts for the Aspies and the eccentric, so to speak. I Can provided this, or a real world version and I was keen to bring that magic into other people’s lives, so I jumped at the opportunity to mentor with I Can.

What does an I Can attitude mean to you?
It means not caring about what other people think and embracing your quirks and eccentricities. It is to believe in yourself and the trail you blaze when the world seems to be going in the opposite direction to you.

What’s been the highlight of your time with I Can so far?
Mentoring at primary schools and watching the changes in the children’s behaviour as they grow more confident, happy or quirky, as well as the satisfying feedback we get from teachers about their progress. I Can also allows you to meet lots of great people, like your humble editor of this Grapevine. Send him some nice words.

What’s your autistic superpower?
High order reasoning. I can relate anything to anything, just ask me. Also, I am very good with the written word.

Do you have a message for readers?
Trust yourself. If you find yourself doubting your cleverness, then you’re obviously smarter than you think for even thinking that in the first place. Food for thought. No really, give me food. I’m hungry now.

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