Updated: Jun 25, 2020
When a global pandemic was declared and shelter-in-place measures were put into place, everyone had to overcome many challenges that came with the lack of social contact. At PRAGNYA, we rely on social interactions to make connections with our neurodiverse friends, however, we have had to find new means of communication and staying connected. This meant exploring new online platforms in an effort to foster that same connection that we would have had in person. A couple of times a week, allies join a zoom call with their neurodiverse peers in which we sing, dance, play games, and just “hang out“ - enjoy each other’s company.
PRAGNYA, as an organization, is making an effort to keep its members close and engaged in these unusual times. Not only are we preserving the friendships that we have created throughout the years, but we are making new ones, with neurodiverse peers joining us from different parts of the world.
Now for the ICING on the CAKE : it is a birthday after all, isn’t it ? 😁
At PRAGNYA, we love celebrating every single milestone in each of our lives, especially BIRTHDAYS! Without being able to meet in person, we had to get creative to still make these moments special. Just recently one of our very dear allies, Blake, turned 17 years old. Blake had really looked forward to an amazing celebration after seeing how many of us had shown up and celebrated his brother’s and Sister’s birthdays last year and earlier this year. When Blake’s mother was concerned how to celebrate Blake’s party in this COViD 19 situation, the PRAGNYA team suggested a family Drive-by celebration - and therein was born the Birthday Caravan - an awesomely organized drive-by birthday bash, where many families, neurotypical and neurodiverse literally drove the celebration for our dear Blake.