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    • 18 Jul 2022
    • 5 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
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    Dungeons & Dragons Term 3 2022
    Group 1: Monday 6.30pm, 10-14y.o,.


    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    Who can participate in AV's D&D program?

    • Players aged 10 and older.
    • Beginner, intermediate and advanced players
    • Current AV members


    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Term 3 group days and times

    Please visit the D&D program page on the AV website to view all group days and times for this term.

    Please choose your group carefully, as we can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.

    For players aged under 18: if your player is aged 17 and will not turn 18 until after the first session of their chosen group, please register them for an under 18 group. This is important for AV's continued commitment to Child Safety.


    This group: Group 1, Monday 6.30pm to 9.30pm

    First session date: Monday 18 July

    Last session date: Monday 5 September

    Age group: players aged 10-14 years

    Dungeon Master: Tarquin - email Tarquin


    Cost: $280 for 8 sessions. That's 24 hours of questing fun and social connection for our players, and it allows AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community. If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    Character Sheet

    - For returning players: please submit your character sheet at registration or email it to your DM.

    - For new players to this group: the DM will create a pre-made character sheet for you. If you wish to create your own character sheet, please email the DM.

    - Please note that homebrew / custom or monster-race characters cannot be accommodated in AV's D&D program. If you wish to play one of these character types, please email your DM before registering to discuss options with them.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Informationplease read this before you register

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these rules and guidelines set expectations for our D&D sessions and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.

    - Safety in D&D: Lines and Veils: this is a new option available from Term 3 2022. This allows players to tell us if there are any topics that they are not comfortable to have included in their D&D game.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For more information

    If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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    • 18 Jul 2022
    • 5 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Join waitlist



    Dungeons & Dragons Term 3 2022
    Group 2: Monday 7.00pm, 18+


    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    Who can participate in AV's D&D program?

    • Players aged 10 and older.
    • Beginner, intermediate and advanced players
    • Current AV members

    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Days and times

    Please visit the D&D program page on the AV website to view all group days and times for this term.

    Please choose your group carefully, as we can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.

    For players aged under 18: if your player is aged 17 and will not turn 18 until after the first session of their chosen group, please register them for an under 18 group. This is important for AV's continued commitment to Child Safety.


    This group: Group 2, Monday 7.00pm to 10.00pm

    First session date: Monday 18 July

    Last session date: Monday 5 September 

    Age group: players aged 18 years and older

    Dungeon Master: Jim - email Jim.


    Cost: $280 for 6 sessions. That's 18 hours of questing fun and social connection for our players, and it allows AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community. If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    Character Sheet

    - For returning players: please submit your character sheet at registration or email it to your DM.

    - For new players to this group: the DM will create a pre-made character sheet for you. If you wish to create your own character sheet, please email the DM.

    - Please note that homebrew / custom or monster-race characters cannot be accommodated in AV's D&D program. If you wish to play one of these character types, please email your DM before registering to discuss options with them.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Informationplease read this before you register

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these rules and guidelines set expectations for our D&D sessions and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.

    - Safety in D&D: Lines and Veils: this is a new option available from Term 3 2022. This allows players to tell us if there are any topics that they are not comfortable to have included in their D&D game.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For more information

    If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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    • 19 Jul 2022
    • 6 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom



    Dungeons & Dragons Term 3 2022
    Group 3: Tuesday 1.00pm, 18+

     

    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    Who can participate in AV's D&D program?

    • Players aged 10 and older.
    • Beginner, intermediate and advanced players
    • Current AV members

    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Days and times

    Please visit the D&D program page on the AV website to view all group days and times for this term.

    Please choose your group carefully, as we can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.

    For players aged under 18: if your player is aged 17 and will not turn 18 until after the first session of their chosen group, please register them for an under 18 group. This is important for AV's continued commitment to Child Safety.


    This group: Group 3, Tuesday 1.00pm to 4.00pm

    First session date: Tuesday 19 July

    Last session date: Tuesday 6 September

    Age group: players aged 18 years and older

    Dungeon Master: Tarquin - email Tarquin.


    Cost: $240 for 8 sessions. That's 24 hours of questing and adventuring fun and social connection for our players, allowing AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community.

    If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    Character Sheet

    - For returning players: please submit your character sheet at registration or email it to your DM.

    - For new players to this group: the DM will create a pre-made character sheet for you. If you wish to create your own character sheet, please email the DM.

    - Please note that homebrew / custom or monster-race characters cannot be accommodated in AV's D&D program. If you wish to play one of these character types, please email your DM before registering to discuss options with them.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Informationplease read this before you register

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these rules and guidelines set expectations for our D&D sessions and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.

    Safety in D&D: Lines and Veils: this is a new option available from Term 3 2022. This allows players to tell us if there are any topics that they are not comfortable to have included in their D&D game.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For more information

    If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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    • 19 Jul 2022
    • 6 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom



    Dungeons & Dragons Term 3 2022
    Group 4: Tuesday 6.30pm, 14-17y.o.


    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    Who can participate in AV's D&D program?

    • Players aged 10 and older.
    • Beginner, intermediate and advanced players
    • Current AV members

    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Days and times

    Please visit the D&D program page on the AV website to view all group days and times for this term.

    Please choose your group carefully, as we can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.

    For players aged under 18: if your player is aged 17 and will not turn 18 until after the first session of their chosen group, please register them for an under 18 group. This is important for AV's continued commitment to Child Safety.


    This group: Group 4, Tuesday 6.30pm to 9.30pm

    First session date: Tuesday 19 July

    Last session date: Tuesday 6 September

    Age group: players aged 14-17 years

    Dungeon Master: Cal - email Cal.


    Cost: $280 for 8 sessions. That's 24 hours of questing fun and social connection for our players, allowing AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community. If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    Character Sheet

    - For returning players: please submit your character sheet at registration or email it to your DM.

    - For new players to this group: the DM will create a pre-made character sheet for you. If you wish to create your own character sheet, please email the DM.

    - Please note that homebrew / custom or monster-race characters cannot be accommodated in AV's D&D program. If you wish to play one of these character types, please email your DM before registering to discuss options with them.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Informationplease read this before you register

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these rules and guidelines set expectations for our D&D sessions and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.

    Safety in D&D: Lines and Veils: this is a new option available from Term 3 2022. This allows players to tell us if there are any topics that they are not comfortable to have included in their D&D game.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For more information

    If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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    • 20 Jul 2022
    • 7 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Join waitlist


    Dungeons & Dragons Term 3 2022
    Group 5: Wednesday 6.30pm, 14-17y.o.


    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    Who can participate in AV's D&D program?

    • Players aged 10 and older.
    • Beginner, intermediate and advanced players
    • Current AV members

    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Days and times

    Please visit the D&D program page on the AV website to view all group days and times for this term.

    Please choose your group carefully, as we can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.

    For players aged under 18: if your player is aged 17 and will not turn 18 until after the first session of their chosen group, please register them for an under 18 group. This is important for AV's continued commitment to Child Safety.


    This group: Group 5, Wednesday 6.30pm to 9.30pm

    First session date: Wednesday 20 July

    Last session date: Wednesday 7 September

    Age group: players aged 14-17 years

    Dungeon Master: Cal - email Cal.


    Cost: $280 for 8 sessions. That's 24 hours of questing fun and social connection for our players, allowing AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community. If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    Character Sheet

    - For returning players: please submit your character sheet at registration or email it to your DM.

    - For new players to this group: the DM will create a pre-made character sheet for you. If you wish to create your own character sheet, please email the DM.

    - Please note that homebrew / custom or monster-race characters cannot be accommodated in AV's D&D program. If you wish to play one of these character types, please email your DM before registering to discuss options with them.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Informationplease read this before you register

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these rules and guidelines set expectations for our D&D sessions and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.

    Safety in D&D: Lines and Veils: this is a new option available from Term 3 2022. This allows players to tell us if there are any topics that they are not comfortable to have included in their D&D game.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For more information

    If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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    • 20 Jul 2022
    • 7 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Join waitlist


    Dungeons & Dragons Term 3 2022
    Group 8: Wednesday 6.30pm, 10-17y.o.


    Registration via code only: please contact AV admin for assistance.


    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    Who can participate in AV's D&D program?

    • Players aged 10 and older.
    • Beginner, intermediate and advanced players
    • Current AV members

    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Days and times

    Please visit the D&D program page on the AV website to view all group days and times for this term.

    Please choose your group carefully, as we can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.

    For players aged under 18: if your player is aged 17 and will not turn 18 until after the first session of their chosen group, please register them for an under 18 group. This is important for AV's continued commitment to Child Safety.


    This group: Group 8, Wednesday 6.30pm to 9.30pm

    First session date: Wednesday 20 July

    Last session date: Wednesday 7 September

    Age group: players aged 10-17 years

    Dungeon Master: Jim - email Jim.


    Cost: $280 for 8 sessions. That's 24 hours of questing fun and social connection for our players, allowing AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community. If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    Character Sheet

    - For returning players: please submit your character sheet at registration or email it to your DM.

    - For new players to this group: the DM will create a pre-made character sheet for you. If you wish to create your own character sheet, please email the DM.

    - Please note that homebrew / custom or monster-race characters cannot be accommodated in AV's D&D program. If you wish to play one of these character types, please email your DM before registering to discuss options with them.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Informationplease read this before you register

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these rules and guidelines set expectations for our D&D sessions and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.

    Safety in D&D: Lines and Veils: this is a new option available from Term 3 2022. This allows players to tell us if there are any topics that they are not comfortable to have included in their D&D game.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For more information

    If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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    • 23 Jul 2022
    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Join waitlist



    Dungeons & Dragons Term 3 2022
    Group 7: Saturday 2pm, 10-14y.o.


    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    Who can participate in AV's D&D program?

    • Players aged 10 and older.
    • Beginner, intermediate and advanced players
    • Current AV members

    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Days and times

    Please visit the D&D program page on the AV website to view all group days and times for this term.

    Please choose your group carefully, as we can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.

    For players aged under 18: if your player is aged 17 and will not turn 18 until after the first session of their chosen group, please register them for an under 18 group. This is important for AV's continued commitment to Child Safety.


    This group: Group 7, Saturday 2pm to 5pm

    First session date: Saturday 23 July

    Last session date: Saturday 10 September

    Age group: players aged 10-14 years

    Dungeon Master: Doyle - email Doyle.


    Cost: $280 for 8 sessions. That's 24 hours of questing fun and social connection for our players, allowing AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community. If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    Character Sheet

    - For returning players: please submit your character sheet at registration or email it to your DM.

    - For new players to this group: the DM will create a pre-made character sheet for you. If you wish to create your own character sheet, please email the DM.

    - Please note that homebrew / custom or monster-race characters cannot be accommodated in AV's D&D program. If you wish to play one of these character types, please email your DM before registering to discuss options with them.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Informationplease read this before you register

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these rules and guidelines set expectations for our D&D sessions and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.

    Safety in D&D: Lines and Veils: this is a new option available from Term 3 2022. This allows players to tell us if there are any topics that they are not comfortable to have included in their D&D game.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For more information

    If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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    • 23 Jul 2022
    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 1
    Registration is closed



    Dungeons & Dragons -

    Women & Non-Binary Pilot:

    Group 2 - Saturday 2.00pm, 18+


    Note: Registrations for this pilot program are currently limited to individuals who added their name to the Expression of Interest. Registrations open to the public on Friday 1 July.



    About the AV D&D Program

    Our Dungeon Masters are excited for you to join them on more adventures with your questing group, while also making friends, exploring your creativity, connecting with others in our community, and having fun!


    About this pilot group

    Based on the Expression of Interest we ran in June, we have scheduled two pilot groups for the Women's & Non-Binary folk D&D Pilot Group.

    If you are a woman (cis and trans) or non-binary person aged 18 or older and you're interested in joining a pilot Dungeons & Dragons group in Term 3, this is the program for you!


    Eligibility criteria

    • Open to women (cis and trans) and non-binary individuals only
    • Players must be aged 18 or older.
    • Current AV members only

    If you are not yet an AV member, join as an AV member today to access this members-only program and so much more!


    Days and times

    Please choose your group carefully. We can no longer accommodate player requests to change groups after registration.


    This group: Pilot Group 2, Saturday 2.00pm to 5.00pm

    First session date: Saturday 23 July

    Last session date: Thursday 27 August

    Dungeon Master: Christina - email Christina.

    Note: the group will not run on Saturday 6 August due to the regular Women's & NB Peer Support Group meeting.


    Cost: $175.00 for 5 sessions (or $35 per session)

    That's 15 hours of questing and adventuring fun and social connection for our players, and it allows AV to continue to provide meaningful ongoing employment opportunities for our community.

    If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


    What do I need to bring or have with me?

    - If you have D&D dice or player books, you're welcome to have those with you for the first session.

    - Character sheet. You can provide your own if you wish. Please email your DM as soon as possible to discuss character creation.


    Important Player Documents

    AV D&D Player Registration Information (please read this before you register).

    AV D&D Frequently Asked Questions (includes answers to the most common questions we receive about the AV D&D program)

    AV's D&D Program Rules and Guidelines: these are our rules and guidelines for players to have enjoyable and safe D&D sessions, and includes important information on our Child Safe policy.


    Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


    For assistance or more information

    • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

    • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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    • 1 Aug 2022
    • 15 Aug 2022
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    Expression of Interest:

    LGBTQIA+ Peer Support Group


    AV are excited to announce that we have secured funding via a grant to establish an LGBTQIA+ Peer Support Group. This group will be a regular peer support group available to AV members as well as non-members within our community who identify both as being a peer of the Aspergers autistic community as well as being LGBTQIA+.


    As with all peer support groups, this group and the co-design committee will only be open to peers of both groups. We invite parents, carers, support workers, and allies to visit our Parents & Carers Group page.


    We are seeking input from peers of both groups to help us make this group a reality.


    Expression of Interest Eligibility

    You must meet all of these criteria to be eligible to volunteer as a Group Team member or to join the co-design committee.

    • You are Aspergers autistic or you have a similar neurodivergent profile.
    • You are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • You are aged 18 or older.

    This Expression of Interest is open to AV members and non-members, however only current AV members will be able to join the co-design committee.


    If you are interested in contributing to the formation of this peer support group, please click Register to go to the registration form.


    How can I be involved?

    You will have the opportunity to tell us how you would like to be involved in this group. You can select as many of the below three options as you would like to.

    • Join the co-design committee to share your views for the group setup, format, and activities / discussion topics (open to AV members aged 18+ only)
    • Volunteer as the Group Leader or Group Assistant
    • Receive updates about the group when it is established


    What happens next?

    This Expression of Interest will be open until Monday 15 August. After that date, the AV admin team will contact everyone who has expressed interest with more information about the next steps.


    For more information

    If you have further questions or feedback about this activity, please contact our AV admin team.

    • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.
    • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.
    • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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      • 1 Aug 2022
      • 31 Aug 2022
      • 10 sessions
      • Online
      • 11
      Register


      AspieLand Moderated Minecraft

      Term 3 Program


      About the AspieLand Moderated Minecraft Program

      AspieLand has been developed and co-designed with our Aspie teens and Aspergers Victoria families. Our Minecraft Moderators are older teens from our Aspergers community employed by AV as peers to help guide and support participants to build, remind what behaviour is appropriate and most importantly, have fun!


      Who can participate in the AspieLand Program?

      • Children and teens aged 10-17 years
      • Beginners, intermediate and advanced players
      • AV members

      Access to register for the AspieLand Moderated Minecraft program is an AV member benefit. If you are interested, please sign up for an AV membership to be eligible to register.


      Term 3 Program Details

      Please check that the Term 3 schedule suits you, as the days and times have changed.

      Days and times: Mondays and Wednesdays in Term 3, 4.30pm to 6.30pm

      First session: Monday 1 August

      Last session: Wednesday 31 August


      Cost: $170 for 10 sessions. That's a huge 20 hours of Minecraft!

      If you are not yet an AV member, sign up today to access this program and so much more, including our D&D programs, our Teens Work Know How Program, and member discounts for all of our groups and events!

      If cost is a barrier, please email our AV admin team.


      Minecraft version requirements

      AspieLand is only compatible with Minecraft Java Edition. Players will not be able to access AspieLand via other editions of Minecraft. Please ensure that you have Minecraft Java Edition before registering. For more information, please check our AspieLand Tech Support Guide.


      Important Player Documents

      Please read these with your player before registering.

      - NEW: AspieLand Parents / Carers Agreement.

      - AspieLand Frequently Asked Questions: this contains answers to the most common questions we receive about the AspieLand Minecraft Program

      - AspieLand Player Registration Information: this includes important information about the AspieLand Minecraft Program: please read this before you register.

      - AspieLand Rules and Guidelines: these are the rules and guidelines developed by our moderators and admin team to ensure that all participants have an enjoyable and safe AspieLand session. This also includes important information about our Child Safe policy.

      - AspieLand Tech Support Guide: this has been put together by our admin team to provide answers to the most common AspieLand tech support questions.


      Who can I contact for help if I can't find the answer to my question?

      For assistance or more information:

      If you have questions or if you need assistance, please contact our admin team.

      Call 0480 385 710, or email us.

      • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

      • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

      • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours. 


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      • 6 Aug 2022
      • 11 Aug 2022
      • Online via Zoom
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      Expression of Interest:

      NDIS IGAP Listening Sessions


      AV has been invited to participate in the NDIS Information Gathering for Access and Planning (IGAP) co-design program. This program aims to develop and introduce reforms to improve NDIS services, based on information provided by current, previous, and potential NDIS participants through a series of focus groups, known as "listening sessions".


      AV are inviting members of our community to express interest in sharing your experience of the NDIS with a group of your peers in a peer-facilitated listening session. The listening sessions will be recorded and the de-identified transcript will be shared with a third party to enable development of a summary report for the IGAP Steering Committee. 


      Expressions of interest open on Friday 5 August and close on Wednesday 10 August.


      How will this work?

      • If you are interested in sharing your views, please add your name to the expression of interest by clicking Register.
      • We will ask you how you wish to share your experience: via a listening session, via a survey, or as a short summary within the expression of interest registration form.
      • There will be two streams for the listening sessions: one for autistic individuals, and one for parents / carers / support workers.
      • Listening sessions will be facilitated by two peers.


      How can I be involved?

      You will have the opportunity to tell us how you would like to share your views be involved as part of the registration form. You can select as many of the below three options as you would like to.

      • Apply to join a listening session to share your views. Invitations will be subject to the below eligibility criteria and spaces will be strictly limited. 
      • Request to share your views via a survey. The survey will be sent out via email.
      • Share a brief summary of your experience via the expression of interest form only.


      Eligibility criteria

      You must meet all of the below criteria to be eligible to join a listening session.

      • Be an AV member aged 18 or older
      • You are autistic OR you are the parent / carer of an autistic person
      • You or the person you care for has a current / past NDIS plan OR a pending plan application OR has been rejected for NDIS support.
        The plan / application must include support for autism.


      Notes

      • This Expression of Interest is open to AV members and non-members, however only current AV members will be invited to join the listening session.
      • Individuals aged under 18 years are not eligible to join the listening sessions, but we invite parents and carers of autistic children to apply join the parent / carer listening session.
      • Autistic individuals who have not yet submitted an NDIS plan application are welcome to share their experience via this expression of interest or via the survey, but unfortunately you are not eligible to join the listening sessions.
      • Completing this expression of interest form indicates that you are interested in joining a listening session, but it does not guarantee a space in one of the listening sessions. We expect that we will receive a strong response from our community, and spaces in each group will be strictly limited.

      If you are interested in sharing your views, please click Register to go to the registration form.


      What happens next?

      • This expression of interest will close on Wednesday 10 August.
      • Listening sessions will take place in late August.
        Structure, days and times will depend on our community's availability and preference.
      • The AV admin team will contact eligible listening session registrants to invite you to register. Spaces will be allocated in registration order, and there will be a waiting list.
      • We will share further information with registrants when the groups are finalised.


      For more information

      If you have further questions or feedback about this activity, please contact our AV admin team.

      • Call 0480 385 710, or email us.
      • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.
      • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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        • 11 Aug 2022
        • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register



        Bouncing Back with Danny Blackford


        Life can be stressful and challenging at the best of times. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down and for many of us, it is a world of change right now. Please join us to hear form registered psychologist, business advisor, executive coach, author of "Asperguys" and wonderful supporter of AV, Danny Blackford, to learn some tips on how you can bounce back and be mentally tough.

        Get your lunch, your tea or coffee, and listen as Danny gives his thoughts on the facinating topic of "Building resilience - learning how to bounce back in a changing world".


        This event is suitable for attendees of all ages who have a personal or professional interest in this topic.


        Date: Thursday 11 August

        Time: 12.00pm to 1.30pm

        Format: online via Zoom


        Event timing

        12.00pm: Welcome and introduction

        12.05pm: Presentation and discussion panel

        1.00pm: Question and answer session

        1.30pm: Informal chat (optional)

        2.00pm: Event concludes.


        Cost: $25 for AV Members, $35 for non-members.

        Become an AV Member today to access a member's rate ticket and a range of other benefits and members-only programs, and to support the wonderful work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

        If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


        Event facilitators

        • Tamsin Jowett - AV President
        • Leslie Clements - AV General Manager
        • Jenni Clarke - AV Admin


        Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

        For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link. 

        If you need assistance, please see our community guide How to register for an AV activity.


        Event recording

        This event will be recorded. Event registrants will receive an email after the event which will include access to the recording as well as a list of resources and links shared. The event recording link will be available for three months after the event date.

        Access to the event recording (without additional resources) will also be available to purchase via the AV online shop afterwards for those who did not register to attend the event. The cost will be the ticket price plus a $10 admin fee.


        What is Zoom and how do I access the Zoom meeting?

        Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program.

        For details on accessing the Zoom meeting and Zoom etiquette, please see Accessing an AV Zoom Activity.

        For more information on using Zoom, please see the AV Zoom Guide.


        For assistance or more information

        If you have further questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team.

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email us.

        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.



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        • 18 Aug 2022
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Power Neighbourhood House
        • 10
        Register


        Adults Hub: In-Person meeting


        About the Adults Group

        Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

        As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.


        About our Group Leaders

        This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin. All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


        Cost: $10 for AV members, $15 for non-members, FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

        How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups

        Become an AV member to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

        If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


        Venue information

        Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood, 3145

        Power Neighbourhood House website

        Power Neighbourhood House on Google Maps

        Public transport: Holmesglen Station (700m). 624 bus (stops outside). On-street parking.

        Accessibility: Ramp access at front and rear, accessible bathroom.


        Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

        For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers present to support the group and that the venue can safely accommodate everyone.

        If the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

        Note: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


        Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


        For assistance or more information

        If you have further questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team.

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email us.
        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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        • 18 Aug 2022
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register


        Online Parents & Carers

        Community Connection


        About the Parents & Carers Group

        This is an online peer support meeting open to all parents and carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults to meet, chat, exchange ideas and find support.


        About our Group Leaders

        Our Online Parents & Carers Group Leaders are Jenny, Toni, and Sue.

        All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


        Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members, FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees.

        How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups.

        Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

        If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team. 


        Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

        For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link.

        Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


        Community Guides


        For assistance or more information

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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          • 23 Aug 2022
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register


          Adults Hub

          - Online Group Meeting


          About the Adults Group

          Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

          As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.

          This meeting is running online via Zoom. We have included more information about Zoom and how to access the meeting below.


          About our Group Leaders

          This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin.

          All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


          Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

          How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups

          Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

          If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


          Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

          For online events, you need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

          Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


          Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


          For assistance or more information

          • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
          • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

          • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

          • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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          • 25 Aug 2022
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register



          Young Adults Hub: Online Peer Discussion -

          chat & play online games


          About our Group

          Our Young Adults group is a great place for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodivergent profile adults aged 18 years - 35 years (approx.) to meet, chat, and play games with no social pressure. As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers group.


          The session is facilitated by the Young Adult team:

          • Matt - YA Group Leader
          • Lyndel - Young Adults Co-Facilitator
          • Cal, Eleanor, Tim, Todd - YA Mentors


          All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


          Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

          How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups

          Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

          If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


          Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

          For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link.

          Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


          Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


          For assistance or more information

          • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

          • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

          • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

          • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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          • 1 Sep 2022
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register

          Partners Group: Online Meeting


          About our Partners Group

          Join our Partners Peer Support Group to meet other adults who are or who have been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or has a similar neurodivergent profile. Sharing experiences within the safe environment of our peer support meetings can be a lifeline, and sharing with people who have similar lived experience is validating and often educational. Your partner may be self-diagnosed or have a formal diagnosis, and you may share a household or live separately. We are an inclusive group and welcome partners of all genders and relationship types.


          This month, we will be talking about building your own tool box of practical skills and self-care around living with difficult emotions.


          This session is facilitated by our Partners Group Leaders. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees.


          Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members.

          Registration is FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees. How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups.

          Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the wonderful work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

          If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team

          Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

          For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link.

          Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


          Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


          For assistance or more information

          • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
          • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.
          • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.
          • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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            • 3 Sep 2022
            • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
            • Online via Zoom
            Register



            Women & Non-Binary Group - Online Meeting


            About our Group

            Our Women's & Non-Binary Group is a great place to connect with other Aspergers autistic women (cis and trans) and non-binary folk to chat about your experiences, share ideas, exchange advice, and support each other. You are also welcome to attend our Adults Group or our Young Adults Group, or all three!


            This session is facilitated by our Women's & NB Group Leader.

            All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


            Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees.

            How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups.

            Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team do for our community.

            If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


            Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

            For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

            Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


            Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


            For assistance or more information:

            • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

            • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

            • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

            • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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              • 15 Sep 2022
              • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
              • Power Neighbourhood House
              • 20
              Register


              Adults Hub: In-Person meeting


              About the Adults Group

              Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

              As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.


              About our Group Leaders

              This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


              Cost: $10 for AV members, $15 for non-members, FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership.

              Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, members-only programs, and to support the work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

              If you are registering to attend an AV group for the first time, you are welcome to use our free first-time attendee ticket.

              How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups

              If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


              Venue information

              Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood, 3145

              Power Neighbourhood House website

              Power Neighbourhood House on Google Maps

              Public transport: Holmesglen Station (700m). 624 bus (stops outside). On-street parking.

              Accessibility: Ramp access at front and rear, accessible bathroom.


              Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

              For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

              In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

              NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


              Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


              For assistance or more information

              If you have further questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team.

              • Call 0480 385 710 or email us.
              • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

              • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

              • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


              AV Privacy Policy

              AV Event T&Cs

              • 15 Sep 2022
              • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
              • Online via Zoom
              Register


              Online Parents & Carers

              Community Connection


              About the Parents & Carers Group

              This is an online peer support meeting open to all parents and carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults to meet, chat, exchange ideas and find support.


              About our Group Leaders

              Our Online Parents & Carers Group Leaders are Jenny, Toni, and Sue.

              All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


              Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members, FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees.

              How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups.

              Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

              If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team. 


              Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

              For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link.

              Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


              Community Guides


              For assistance or more information

              • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

              • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

              • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

              • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


              AV Privacy Policy

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                • 20 Sep 2022
                • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
                • Online via Zoom
                Register


                Adults Hub

                - Online Group Meeting


                About the Adults Group

                Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

                As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.

                This meeting is running online via Zoom. We have included more information about Zoom and how to access the meeting below.


                About our Group Leaders

                This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin.

                All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


                Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

                How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups

                Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

                If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


                Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

                For online events, you need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

                Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


                Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


                For assistance or more information

                • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
                • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

                • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

                • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


                AV Privacy Policy

                AV Event T&Cs

                • 22 Sep 2022
                • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
                • Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood
                • 17
                Register


                Young Adults Hub: In-Person Meeting


                About the Young Adults Group

                Our Young Adults group is a great place for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodivergent profile adults aged 18 years - 35 years (approx.) to meet, chat, and play games with no social pressure. As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers group.


                This month, we are returning to Power Neighbourhood House, and we will be having a barbecue at this meeting. If you have any dietary requirements, please make sure you use the "Dietary Requirements" field in the registration form to tell us how we can accommodate your needs.


                About our Group Leaders

                The session is facilitated by the Young Adults Group team:

                • Matthew - YA Group Leader
                • Lyndel - Young Adults Co-Facilitator
                • Cal, Eleanor, Tim, Todd - YA Mentors

                All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


                Cost: $15 for AV members, $20 for non-members, $5 for +Groups members and first-time attendees (to cover catering).

                Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, other members-only programs, and to support the wonderful work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

                If you are registering to attend an AV group for the first time, you are welcome to use our first-time attendee ticket so our group facilitators know you're new and can introduce you to the group. Please email our AV admin team to access this.
                If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


                Venue Information

                Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood, 3145

                Power Neighbourhood House website

                Power Neighbourhood House on Google Maps

                Public transport: Holmesglen Station (700m). 624 bus (stops outside). On-street parking.

                Accessibility: Ramp access at front and rear, accessible bathroom.


                Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

                For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

                In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

                NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


                Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


                For assistance or more information

                • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
                • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

                • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

                • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


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                • 27 Sep 2022
                • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
                • Online via Zoom
                • 6
                Register


                AV Book Club

                - Fiction by Aspie / Autistic Authors


                About the AV Book Club

                If you enjoy reading fiction and would like to have an incentive to read more, expand your reading list, and to meet with others to share your thoughts and insights and to hear others' perspectives, consider joining the AV Book Club for your next literary adventure.


                In July 2022, we will discuss Catfish and Mandala, by Andrew X. Pham.


                Catfish and Mandala is the story of an American odyssey - a solo bicycle voyage around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam - made by a young Vietnamese-American man in pursuit of both his adopted homeland and his forsaken fatherland.


                Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam and raised in California. His father had been a POW of the Vietcong; his family came to America as "boat people." Following the suicide of his sister, Pham quit his job, sold all his possessions, and embarked on a year-long bicycle journey that took him through the Mexican desert, around a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after five months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, where he finds "nothing familiar in the bombed-out darkness." In Vietnam, he's taken for Japanese or Korean by his countrymen, except, of course, by his relatives, who doubt that as a Vietnamese he has the stamina to complete his journey ("only Westerners can do it"); and in the United States he's considered anything but American. A vibrant, picaresque memoir written with narrative flair and an eye-opening sense of adventure, Catfish and Mandala is an unforgettable search for cultural identity.


                This session is facilitated by David, our Book Club Facilitator. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


                Cost: FREE for AV members.

                Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support all the wonderful work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

                If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


                All attendees must register before attending an AV activity.

                For online activities, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.


                Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


                For more information

                • Call 0480 385 710, or email our AV admin team.

                • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

                • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled end time.

                • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


                AV Privacy Policy

                AV Event Terms & Conditions

                • 29 Sep 2022
                • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
                • Power Neighbourhood House
                • 22


                Adults Hub: in-person meeting

                Social Night & Barbecue


                About the Adults Group

                Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

                As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.


                This month, we are having a social night at Power Neighbourhood House, with a barbecue. We will run the barbecue from approximately 6:30pm until 8pm, then we will have the opportunity for a general chat until approximately 9:30pm.


                About our Group Leaders

                This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


                Cost: $15 for AV members, $20 for non-members, $5 for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees (to cover catering).

                Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, other members-only programs, and to support the wonderful work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

                If you are registering to attend an AV group for the first time, you are welcome to use our first-time attendee ticket so our group facilitators know you're new and can introduce you to the group. Please email our AV admin team to access this.

                If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


                Venue information

                Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood, 3145

                Power Neighbourhood House website

                Power Neighbourhood House on Google Maps

                Public transport: Holmesglen Station (700m). 624 bus (stops outside). On-street parking.

                Accessibility: Ramp access at front and rear, accessible bathroom.


                Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

                For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

                In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

                NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


                Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


                For assistance or more information

                • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

                • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

                • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

                • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.