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


    Date: Tuesday 6th November 2018

    Speaker: Dr Jason Crabtree, Lead Consultant Psychologist Tower Hamlets

    Topic: Executive Functioning differences and difficulties in Autistic Individuals

    Do you have difficulty deciding what is most important or where you should start on a range of tasks you need to complete? Do you have challenges with executive functioning?  Executive functioning consists of the cognitive skills and abilities that allow us to get started on, progress through and finish activities. It affects planning and organisation, memory, thinking and the ability to manage time. Research shows many autistic people experience difficulties in these areas.

     “I become so absorbed in a task that interests me that I forget about other obligations….”

    Dr Crabtree will be presenting on this topic and exploring strategies to help improve functioning. 

    We look forward to hearing your views and experiences on this subject.

    Do let us know you are coming by emailing info@alag.org.uk

    We look forward to welcoming you all!


    Tuesday 2nd October 2018

    Speaker: Janine Booth

    Topic: Autism in the Workplace

    Janine Booth, author, speaker, poet, tutor and much more…will be speaking and answering questions on Autism in the Workplace.
    Janine’s talk will cover the employment situation that autistic people face,
    identify some of the barriers to equality at work, give people a guide to their
    rights, and introduce the role of trade unions and how they can help. She will also be talking about reasonable adjustments and Access to Work.

    Let us know you are coming by emailing info@alag.org.uk
    We look forward to welcoming you.

    * Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances Janine was unable to attend the September ALAG meeting. Her talk has now been rescheduled for to the October meeting. Please come along and support this event.

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    Sunday 16th September, 1pm - Sponsored Walk

    ALAG is arranging a sponsored walk which will take place on the 16th September.  Anyone interested in doing the walk or perhaps sponsoring someone else can obtain a form from the reception desk or email info@alag.org.uk for a copy.  The walk will start at High Barnet Station (Northern Line) and finish near Cockfosters Station (Piccadilly Line).

    Those taking part should meet at the station at 1pm for a light lunch after which we will be ready to start the walk at 1.30pm.  Most of the walk will take place in nearby Hadley Woods and into Trent Park.  It is roughly 3 miles/4.82 Kilometres long and will last about two and a half hours.  There is a pub and a cafe for refreshments at the finish.  Thank you for your support.


     

    ALAG Social Evening

    The next ALAG Social Evening will take place on Wedenesday 31st October, 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.