Minutes of the Twenty Eighth
Post-Diagnostic Support Group
14th March 2018
The meeting was attended by 49 people and once again a lovely “Therapy Dog”.
Linda introduced herself and the members of the Axia team who were present.
Linda apologised for the delay in the drinks arriving late today. We have addressed this problem with the café and we are going to correspond with them directly in the future to they are fully aware of when we will next be attending and consequently be prepared for our group so the drinks do not arrive late in the future.
Linda was very proud to announce that we won this award at the NAS Conference on Wednesday 7 March 2018. She said it was an overwhelming experience. We brought along the award and certificate for everyone to see. This was a very proud moment for everyone at Axia and Linda thanked people for nominating her.
Linda congratulated the Anime Amigos on their one year anniversary. She also spoke about how Calvin challenged an American speaker at the conference who linked Anime with pornography. Calvin told him how he was writing a book about Anime and asked her if she wanted to pre-order a copy. The head of the NAS pre-ordered a copy.
Linda then went on to inform the group about the outcry that is on Facebook and Twitter about a speaker at the NAS Conference whom she challenged. He conducted a presentation on the second day of the Conference, challenging how Autism is viewed. Sadly, his language was very different to hers. He doesn’t use the word neurotypical, preferring normal/not normal! Referring to a “genetic mess”.
Linda was offended by this language and spoke to redress the balance. She received a huge applause after speaking and also a standing ovation.
She also spoke about how her and Dr Luke Beardon are talking about how to take this forward in a positive light.
Hannah Williamson, Psychology trainee conducted a presentation on Autism and Ageing. She issued a disclaimer, first that she is not on the Spectrum and second that she is not aged!!
This was a very interesting and indeed a very interactive presentation which the whole group seemed to enjoy. It can be found on the website with an audio recording here.
We broke for drinks and cakes, which again Calvin excelled himself at. There was a Ricotta Tart and a Green Tea Matcha cake in honour of the first anniversary of the Anime Amigos. One member of our group also kindly brought along a cake that he had made.
When we resumed after the break Linda spoke about how we could start to think about extending our connections. It had been expressed previously how people could meet up after the group and perhaps extend their time together by going for a drink and further chat. Also, about how we can help each other out. One lady had asked if anyone was going to the station who could offer her a lift.
It was then suggested that perhaps we could arrange a Christmas Dinner, which seemed to be quite a popular suggestion.
Agony Autie spoke about her Vlog and how people are welcome to connect with her and how she wants to have meet-ups.
We still conduct the Open Room at Red Hill House most Wednesdays. The dates of this are on our website.
Conference September 2018
Linda gave out the flyers for our Conference and informed the group that the main people who she wants to attend are members of this group.
It was asked if people can pay in instalments for the Conference and we agreed that this was acceptable. The fee for members of our group is £50.00.
The stands who have confirmed so far are:
- Agony Autie
- Reaseheath College
- Autism Inclusive
- Angie Atherton
- Alex Lowery
Unfortunately the time went too quick, we had been unable to have the room for the usual two hours and it seems like we crammed a lot into the small time we had.
Linda thanked everyone for attending and announced that the next group will be held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 12.00-2.00pm.
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