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Old 09-11-2019, 06:08 PM
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Oddly enough High Functioning Autistics might have more of an issue since it isn't "obvious".

I'm someone who is on the edge of Autism , and I joined Alpha Phi Omega (a service fraternity) and frankly I'm pretty sure some of the brothers would have blackballed me if a unanimous vote was necessary. I ended up serving as Parlimentarian for two semesters though. It may help that I am a very outgoing person normally and a very quiet drunk. (Note this was back in the mid 1980s, things were different then).

The other issue that you mentioned is "Graduating next year". Some fraternities may be less willing to take Juniors. It will depend on many factors.
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Oddly enough High Functioning Autistics might have more of an issue since it isn't "obvious".

I'm someone who is on the edge of Autism , and I joined Alpha Phi Omega (a service fraternity) and frankly I'm pretty sure some of the brothers would have blackballed me if a unanimous vote was necessary. I ended up serving as Parlimentarian for two semesters though. It may help that I am a very outgoing person normally and a very quiet drunk. (Note this was back in the mid 1980s, things were different then).

The other issue that you mentioned is "Graduating next year". Some fraternities may be less willing to take Juniors. It will depend on many factors.
ugh. this bothers me!! I really wish greek life would truly become more inclusive and understanding -- especially when it comes to Aspergers and Autism. I know there are different "levels" of autism, but it seems like there has to be SOME way that greek HQ's could train their members how to interact and help these individuals thrive especially if the recruit was upfront about it during rush. I by no means think or feel that adults on the spectrum should be discouraged from joining Greek life, or purposely not given a bid due to being autistic (or having Aspergers either). Some of the frats I know of (not the one i mentioned earlier in a positive light) have really missed out on some great people that would have gone the extra mile for their org, just because they defined the person and their ability off of their "disability" if you will (even though I would not consider it a disability at all I am just struggling to find the right word. So, forgive me if that comes off as incorrect-- I hope my point still came across effectively).
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:43 AM
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ugh. this bothers me!! I really wish greek life would truly become more inclusive and understanding -- especially when it comes to Aspergers and Autism. I know there are different "levels" of autism, but it seems like there has to be SOME way that greek HQ's could train their members how to interact and help these individuals thrive especially if the recruit was upfront about it during rush. I by no means think or feel that adults on the spectrum should be discouraged from joining Greek life, or purposely not given a bid due to being autistic (or having Aspergers either). Some of the frats I know of (not the one i mentioned earlier in a positive light) have really missed out on some great people that would have gone the extra mile for their org, just because they defined the person and their ability off of their "disability" if you will (even though I would not consider it a disability at all I am just struggling to find the right word. So, forgive me if that comes off as incorrect-- I hope my point still came across effectively).
A few comments.

There are members on this board that consider "frats" close to if not a trigger.

Remember that for these fraternities, the qualifier is "Social". And as such, ability to function in social situations can be a factor and *that* feeds into the advantages of being Neurotypical.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:15 AM
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I definitely understand! I have just seen what it can do under good circumstances, and I wish and hope others have the same chance. The man I knew grew so much from his experience. I just hope others out there get to experience it and have the same stories! It's not all about quotas, it's also about changing lives.
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