What is Transgender, Non-Binary, or Gender Exploring?
When someone totally identifies with their gender assigned at birth they are considered cisgender. Not everybody feels as though their mind connects or resonates with their physical body or gender given at birth, and this can be experienced, expressed and manifest in varying ways for each individual. When an individual feels this way they could be described under the umbrella term as gender diverse.
Everybody’s journey and experience with gender is unique. Some individuals may need to explore their gender, or do not have or identify with a gender. Others are transgender and need to transition to feel connected to their body. Some individuals such as those who identify as non-binary may not experience gender within the gender binary. There are no set rules surrounding gender, only the need to be happy and at peace with themselves.
How Can We Help?
Autistic people and those who have a mental health condition and/or a learning disability, who are also transgender, non-binary, gender diverse, or are gender exploring present with needs different than cisgender individuals, which necessitates a specialist approach. Our expertise was developed through research, training and collaboration with the transgender and non-binary community and medical professionals.
At Achieve together we provide a safe and accepting community for every individual under our care. Our specialist service has proven that transgender, non-binary, gender diverse, and gender exploring individuals succeed when their specific and complex needs are directly met. Individuals who have previously failed to progress are now achieving goals on a daily basis.
Through our care specialism, we intend to help the people we support who are transgender, non-binary, gender diverse, or are gender exploring to access, integrate into, and maintain their connections with the LGBTQ+ community and networks. We act as the link between such communities and services who can offer specialised support to our underrepresented individuals we support who may otherwise find difficulty in accessing this support independently due to their complex needs. This link helps to create a safe space that empowers our transgender, non-binary, and gender exploring individuals we support who are marginalised, to live a more independent and fulfilled life.