The Properties of Light is a practice focused on providing neurodiversity affirming, lgbtqia+ inclusive services using an equitable pricing model. We provide the following services:

Our work is rooted in a commitment to authenticity and learning, an alignment toward intersectional justice, and a movement aimed at caring not for others, but with others.

A note on language: we respect the right of all individuals to claim language that is meaningful for their identities. We use identity-first language to describe ourselves, and default to using identity-first language unless/until a person lets us know they use different language to describe themselves. This means we use words like "autistic" and "disabled" and "neurodivergent*" to describe the many ways that humans exist.

*Neurodivergent is a term coined by Kassiane Asasumasu of Radical Neurodivergence Speaking. For an introduction to the language of neurodiversity, we recommend reading Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms and Definitions by Dr. Nick Walker(she/her).

"The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.

It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realized. This is poetry as illumination, for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are — until the poem — nameless and formless, about to be birthed, but already felt."

- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

These are a few of the reasons we're here:

To nurture radical self-love and places of belonging by

  • Providing a non-pathologizing, gender inclusive process of self-exploration that affirms positive autistic and neurodivergent identity in people of all ages.

  • Creating space for self-understanding, joy and childhood for trans, non-binary, and gender expansive young people.

  • Examining our existing systems of care through a lens of anti-oppression, anti-racism and intersectional justice - rejecting pathology, compliance and assimilation in favor of validation, affirmation and authenticity.

  • Empowering parents/caregivers to radically accept, celebrate and support the young people in their networks of care and love through education and collaboration.

  • Building a community of trauma-aware, knowledgeable, and accountable allied helping professionals and advocates - folks who affirm gender diversity, the neurodiversity paradigm and the social model of disability.

  • Engaging in life-long learning, professional development and personal growth - developing mutual aid relationships and participating in a system of sustainable community care.

Whatever YOUR reasons, we're glad you're here, too.