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 Conference
    Overcoming Barriers: Neurodiversity in Autism
                A very big Thank You to everyone who attended the Conference!                     
    More details and links to videos and presentations will soon be available on our News page

    ALAG Meetings


    Tuesday 5th November 2019

    Topic: Relationships - Open discussion

    Many people on the autism spectrum are looking to be in a relationship, however, some characteristics of autism may make it difficult for
    individuals to initiate and manage some types of relationships. High levels of anxiety, difficulty with communication, understanding facial expressions are just a few issues that may lead to misunderstandings within the relationship. 

    This discussion offers an opportunity to explore the complex nature of relationships and share any learning that may be of help.

    Please email info@alag.org.uk to confirm your attendance. 

    Tuesday 1st October 2019

    Topic: Moving from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

    Alex and Paddy from the Income Maximisation Team will join us to shed some light on why so many autistic people are having major difficulties applying successfully for the PIP.

    Please email info@alag.org.uk to confirm your attendance.

     

    Tuesday 3rd September 2019 

    Speaker: Richard Pender, Clinical Psychologist and researcher at UCL

    Richard is involved in setting up a new Co-Production Group at UCL - 'Authentistic'

    In a survey done by Autistica, autistic people and their families chose "mental health and adaptations to mental health treatments for autistic people" as their top priority for research. Richard and his team want to make a contribution in the right direction by understanding how group-work can be done in a way that is more autism-friendly and looking at how CBT can be adapted to better support autistic people with mental health needs. ‘We are looking forward to talking with you about our project, and to hearing thoughts and opinions about research, CBT and our team's approach!’

    Please email info@alag.org.uk to confirm your attendance.

                                                                                                          

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                                  Other Events

     NEW!  

    The Autism Hub will be hosting a series of comedy workshops for Autistic Adults. There are a few places left for this 6-week course lead by Mark Burkwood, an autistic comedian who has headlined, performed and MC’d at many comedy events across London. Mark has hosted a taster comedy workshop and Creative Expression evening at the Autism Hub earlier this year and with growing interest and requests for more, has developed a beginners course that will end with a showcase evening. 

    Cost: Only £5.00 per person for each session.

    Workshops will run every Monday 6 - 7.30pm, beginning 28 October for six consecutive
    weeks at: Autism Hub, 116 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB.
    For more information or to book a place please contact us on:
    07383 566 130 or email: info@autismhubislington.org


    Monthly Social Evenings
     

    There is an informal get-together on the fourth Wednesday of every month starting at 7pm in the White Swan, Upper Street, Islington two minutes walk from Highbury &  Islington station (Victoria, Gt Northern & London Overground Lines).  All ALAG members are welcome. 

    Would anyone interested in coming for the first time please email info@alag.org.uk or enquire at the reception desk after the meeting on Tuesday for further information.


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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 creating this calendar of events and we hope you find it as useful as we have. David is happy to receive feedback and suggestions.


    Disclaimer:
    ALAG wishes to make clear that as a charitable organisation, it does not hold or endorse any particular political stance, position or views that pertain to subjects that do not relate to ALAG's work.