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: info@alag.org.uk                                       


    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 info@alag.org.uk to let us know you are coming. We look forward to welcoming you!



    Tuesday 5th June 2018 

    Topic:
    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 info@alag.org.uk to let us know you are coming.  We look forward to welcoming you.


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    Sunday 22th July - Hampstead Heath Walk

    The walk will take us through the woodlands of Hampstead Heath mainly using the un-made paths that are uneven and often muddy in places.  Please ensure you wear suitable footwear for these conditions and bring a waterproof jacket if necessary.  Also bring some water as the weather is hot.  The walk should take around 2 hours with short breaks.  There is a toilet available on the Heath about 50 minutes into the walk.  Please see a map of Hampstead Heath at

    http//www.hampsteadheath.net/files/hampstead-heath-map.pdf

    We will meet near the entrance to Hampstead tube station on the Edgware branch of the Northern line at 2pm.  We will then walk down Well Walk to reach the Heath.  The walk will take in the Viaduct Pond, the Bird Bridge, part of Kenwood and across the West Meadow.  We will make our way towards a viewing site for central London and will then cross over Spaniards Road and walk through the Sandy Heath Woods to the Hampstead Heath Extention.

    Refreshments are available at Golders Hill Park and the Bull and Bush.   From there you can catch the 210 bus to Archway & Finsbury Park and the 268 to Hampstead and Swiss Cottage.

     


     

    ALAG Social Evening

    The next ALAG Social Evening will take place on Wedenesday 25th July, 7.00pm at the White Swan, Upper Street, Islington two minutes walk from Highbury and Islington station (Victoria, Great Northern & London Overground Lines).   It is an informal evening where ALAG members will have a chance to get to know eachother more by having a natter and noggin.  Food is also available here at reasonable prices.  So please come along.



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    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 http://gizmonaut.net/autevents/.

    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.