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 Meeting
    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.


    Tuesday 1st May 2018

    Topic:
    Consultation Event
    Speaker:
    Ellie Chesterman, Joint Commissionong Manager, Islington Council CCG

    The 5 North London boroughs: Camden, Islington, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield are exploring options to commission an Autism and ADHD diagnostic service that would work across the 5 boroughs.
    Ellie Chesterman, from Islington Commissioning Service, will attend the ALAG meeting on 1st May to talk about the reasons for this change in commissioning and the steps that have been taken so far.

    She will ask ALAG members for feedback about:
    What support would be helpful pre-diagnosis and who should this be from?
    How can we improve the experience of the diagnosis process itself?
    What support would be helpful post-diagnosis and who should this be from?

    Your views are important to us and will be used to shape the design of the new service, so do come along and let us know what you think.

    To reserve your place please send an email to info@alag.org.uk

    We look forward to welcoming you



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    Sunday 20th May - Visit to Saatchi Gallery - Chelsea

    We will meet by the main entrance (just off Kings Road) at 2pm.  We will then enter the gallery where people would be free to look around for 2-3 hours.  There are some fine examples of art to be seen including exhibitions by Philip Pearlstein and Art of the Mainstream.  Afterwards we may eat in the restaurant or a local pub if anyone wishes it.

    The nearest station is Sloane Square (District & Circle Lines).  After leaving the station, carry straight on for five minutes.  The gallery is on your left and is signed.

     

    Treasure Hunt in Regents Park -T.B.A

     

    Pub Evenings

    The next pub evening will take place on Wedenesday 30th May, 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.



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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.