Asperger London Area Group 

    ALAG runs a monthly support group for adults on the autistic spectrum living in the Greater London area although those from elsewhere are welcome. It is a chance to meet others to talk about common issues and to support and help each other. The first half-hour of the meeting is spent socialising and having refreshments. This is followed by the whole group sitting down together to discuss an agreed topic or to hear from different speakers who offer advice and guidance on issues relating to autism. These topics are planned in advance and any member can suggest a future topic. Some of the topics are listed below.

    The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month in Islington from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Booking in advance for new attendees is essential. There is a small entrance fee of £3 (members) or £5 (non-members) to cover the cost of refreshments, including a vegetarian option.
    To find out more about ALAG or book a place to attend any of the meetings email:                                       

    ALAG Meetings

    Tuesday 3rd July 2018 

    Topic - Autism in the News

    There appears to be a growing concern as to how the mainstream media portrays autism and how it often sensationalises certain aspects of the condition, too often relating autism to criminality, or presenting in terms of diminished responsibility whilst underplaying other key features.

    In contrast, comments via social media appear to confirm the general public are becoming more wary of lazy stereotypes and more sensitive to the realities of autism despite negative media interpretations of the condition. Is there a clear way of addressing this issue?

    Your views on this subject are important and we invite you to bring along news articles and media stories you feel may be of interest to this discussion.

    Please email us at to let us know you are coming. We look forward to welcoming you!

    Tuesday 5th June 2018 

    Open discussion 'The pursuit of silence'

    Sensory, in particular auditory overload can be a major issue for those on the autistic spectrum.  Sounds ranging from announcements on public transport, people shouting into their mobile phones, to thumping bass beats in high street shops can cause distress.  In contrast, some people find the sound of silence can be soothing and theraputic, however, in our increasingly dynamic society the experience of silence is gradually being lost.  It would therefore be interesting to hear the views of ALAG members and attendees as to how they are affected by noise, what they do about it, and just how important is the pursuit of silence.

    John Holmes will be leading on this discussion which will be held in our usual meeting venue and not at 222 Upper Street.

    Please email us at to let us know you are coming.  We look forward to welcoming you.


                                  Other Events 

    Sunday 24th June - Treasure Hunt in Regents Park

    For those interested we will meet at Baker Street Station (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo & Jubilee Lines at 2pm at the top of the Bakerloo Line escalator.  Please try to be on time.  We will then proceed to Regents Park where instructions will be handed out giving details of the treasure hunt.  This will involve walking around the park looking for clues which should take roughly two hours.  Afterwards we may eat in the restaurant or a local pub if anyone wishes it.

    If the weather is wet the event may be cancelled, so please check in the morning if this is so.  Contact details are on the website.


    Pub Evenings

    The next pub evening will take place on Wedenesday 27th June, 7.00pm at the White Swan, Upper Street, Islington two minutes walk from Highbury and Islington station (Victoria, Great Northern & London Overground Lines).   If there are more than five attendees, the plan is to have these on a regular basis so please make the effort and come.  It is intended to be an informal evening where members will have a chance to get to know eachother more.


    Calendar of Autism Events

    David Mery has very kindly created an integrated calendar of UK autism related events that may be of interest and relevance to our members. These events can be found on the following web page

    We would like to thank David for his resourcefulness in coming up with this calendar of events and we hope you find it as useful as we have. David is happy to receive feedback and suggestions.