Blendingin.org
It's all fun and games.

Our Mission

We facilitate positive social time for teens who are high functioning on the autism spectrum. 

​​A Personal Note

Thank you for visiting Blendingin.org.

 Blending In is a parent-run non-profit with a mission to facilitate positive social experiences for high-functioning teens on the autism spectrum, and we welcome other teens who commit to our simples rules; Be Really Nice and Have Fun.

Our philosophy is simple and supported by studies of positive psychology. Happy people perform better in nearly every aspect of life. Having an autistic teen can challenge parents' assumptions on happiness and how much of "it" our kids need, versus the parents' own views on education and other prerequisites to happiness in adulthood. So many of us have learned that in schools and other social settings, our intelligent and gentle children can be exposed to negative feedback for their unique thoughts and behaviors, leading us to seek-out ways to protect our children and find positive social opportunities.

After my son Luke's mother and I agreed to home school Luke in 5th grade, I sought out active tween social groups in Hamilton county. There were none, except for a very nice family support group in Noblesville which we participated in for several years, but Luke was the only kid over 10 years of age at many of the meet ups, so after moving to Indianapolis East side, we sought-out a facilitated, positive, laid-back environment for high-functioning autistic teens to have some fun and make new friends (on Saturday afternoons). There were none. So, we 
started Blending In in January, 2017.

These events bring our children joy, build self-esteem, and fuel their development in all aspects of life. Further, social interaction and familiarity can lead to lifetime friendships and growing social support networks. Parents help, by listening to them, and lightly facilitating interaction between the kids. 

I am grateful to Abbey Parker for allowing us to benchmark the Different Like Me group in Greenwood. I strongly recommend this group for families south of Indianapolis. I am also grateful to Randi Levine at Voyage Support Services who has been a wonderful ambassador for our group, a big help in starting it, and an excellent event facilitator. My son Luke has been a chief advisor, and he actually came up with the name, so I am very joyful to share in this experience with him.

As with any endeavor, our organization will evolve. However, I want the scope of our mission to remain focused and simple. It's all about the kids and fun. If you aren't sure if Blending In is right for your child, or you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at dane@blendingin.org or see me after a monthly event at Irvington Library. 

As a final note, if you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a facilitator for a future event, or you would like to volunteer in any other aspect, I would love to talk with you!

Thanks again for visiting!

Dane Bohnert
dane@blendingin.org