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Upcoming events

    • 4 Mar 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Online via Zoom
    Registration is closed



    Partners Group - Together Again


    Join our Partners Support Group Meetings, to meet other adults who are or who have been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or has a similar neurodiverse profile. Your partner may be self-diagnosed or have a formal diagnosis, and you may share a household or live separately.

     

    Our Partners Group allows partners of Aspergers to share experiences, offer peer support & find information. While we are still meeting via Zoom for the moment, we are planning face to face meetings for you all again.


    Cost: FREE this month, courtesy of a COVID-19 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. You need to register to access the Zoom link. You will receive a registration confirmation email containing the link and meeting details.


    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your phone (landline or smart phone). Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)


    For more information: contact Jenni (AV Admin) - admin@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 5 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Online via Discord (Teens) & Zoom (Parents)
    • 72
    Register

    Teens Hub: Online Peer Meeting
    Teens on Discord, Parents on Zoom


    Our Teens group is for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodiverse profiles teens to meet and hang out to play games or chat, while their parents/carers meet in another room to create social connection, chat about their experiences, share ideas and advice, and support each other. 

    Both groups have moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. The Teens meet via Discord, and the Parents/Carers meet via Zoom. We have provided links to more information about both programs and how to access the meetings below. Teens and parents are welcome to participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable, and you can have your video and microphone off if you prefer.

    Please note that each teen must be accompanied by a parent also attending, and you will be asked to confirm that your Teen agrees to the Teens Discord Code of Conduct in order to register for the meeting. 


    The Teens Mentor Team:

    • Callan T, Callan B, Jack, Sunny - Volunteer Mentors


    Cost: FREE again this month, courtesy of a COVID-19 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. You need to register to access the Zoom and Discord links. After registering, you will receive a registration confirmation email containing the link and meeting details for Discord and Zoom.


    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your phone (landline or smart phone). Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)


    What is Discord?

    Discord is a free voice, video and text chat app for teens and adults aged 13 and over. Teens can access Discord via their computer or smart phone. Using Discord, they can join servers they have been invited to, create private servers with their friends, or message each other individually or in group chats. We suggest reading the Parents' Guide to Discord Blog before joining for the first time.


    Is it safe for our teens to use?

    Yes. Aspergers Victoria have created a dedicated, secure server for our Teens group. Only registered participants can access the AV Teens Discord server, and the link changes monthly for security. Our moderators have the list of registered teens and will only allow them to be online during the meeting. 


    For more information contact teens@aspergersvic.org.au or admin@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 5 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Hampton Community Centre, 14 Willis Street, Hampton
    • 10
    Register




    Southern Parents & Carers Support Group
    - Evening


    Our Southern Parents & Carers group is an in-person peer support meeting open to all parents & carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults. We are returning to in-person meetings for the first time since February 2020, and while things have changed a little due to COVIDSafe requirements, we will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible for our community.


    This month, we are fortunate to have Graciela Ramon Michel, from Graceful Coaching, coming to speak with us. She will be sharing her life experience in order to offer parents, who may be struggling emotionally, an insight into how life could be different for themselves. She has personally transformed her life and hopes that by sharing her story with other parents, this may help them reclaim their own self-love and discover that moving with life requires acceptance and gratitude.  


    The session is facilitated by Caren, our Southern Parents & Carers Group Leader: southern@aspergersvic.org.au


    Cost: $5 for AV members, $15 for non-members. If you are attending for the first time and are not yet a member, you are welcome to attend your first session for free.


    Venue information

    Hampton Community Centre website

    Hampton Community Centre on Google Maps

    Closest public transport: Hampton Station, 100m away. Buses: 708, 828. Timed parking behind Woolworths (rear of Hampton St).

    Accessibility: accessible parking on-site, wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets.


    What can I expect when I attend an AV COVIDSafe event?
    AV is closely following DHHS COVID-19 requirements and our in-person events have changed to comply with these. We encourage you to read our AV COVIDSafe policy before you attend in-person events at AV in 2021. This includes important information about our QR code check-in system and what you need to bring with you to an event. As the venue capacity is reduced and spaces are limited, please register if you would like to attend to ensure you don't miss out.
    Please note that DHHS advice may change and we will do our best to communicate any changes in AV COVID-19 policy to our community.


    If you have questions about our COVIDSafe policy or would like more information: contact Jenni (AV Admin) via admin@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 11 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Central Park (corner Burke and Wattletree Roads, Malvern)
    Register


    Adults Hub: Picnic in the Park




    This group is for our older Adult peer group attendees.  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.)


    We are thrilled to finally have the opportunity to meet in person again after such a long break. For our first in-person meeting in 12 months, we are having a picnic at Central Park in Malvern. Each person will need to bring their own food and drink - in line with DHHS guidelines, sharing food, drinks, or condiments isn't permitted.


    Meeting place: on the Burke Road side of the oval, opposite the shops, between the bus stop and the oval.

    Meeting place in Google Maps 


    The time for this month is a little earlier to ensure that there is enough daylight. Registrations are required for this event, but feel free to join us at any time during the 6pm to 8pm indicated timeslot.


    The meeting will be facilitated by the Group Leader, Colin. You can contact him via asadults@aspergersvic.org.au.


    Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. If you are attending for the first time, please contact admin@aspergersvic.org.au to register for free.


    For more information: contact Jenni (AV Admin) - admin@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    Women-identifying & NB folk Online Get-together



    Our Inclusive Women's & NB Group is a great place to connect with other Aspergers/autistic women and NB folk to chat about how we've been managing, 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!


    We are currently meeting online via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions in place in Melbourne, Victoria. We have included more information below about Zoom and how to access the meetings.


    Cost: FREE this month, courtesy of a COVID-19 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. You need to register to access the Zoom link. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email containing the link and meeting details.


    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your phone (landline or smart phone). Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    For more information, email admin@aspergersvic.org.au.

    • 15 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Hampton Community Centre, 14 Willis Street, Hampton
    • 12
    Register




    Southern Parents & Carers Support Group
    - Morning


    Our Southern Parents & Carers group is an in-person peer support meeting open to all parents & carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults. We are returning to in-person meetings for the first time since February 2020, and while things have changed a little due to COVIDSafe requirements, we will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible for our community.


    The session is facilitated by Caren, our Southern Parents & Carers Group Leader: southern@aspergersvic.org.au


    Cost: $5 for AV members, $15 for non-members. If you are attending for the first time and are not yet a member, you are welcome to attend your first session for free.


    Venue information

    Hampton Community Centre website

    Hampton Community Centre on Google Maps

    Closest public transport: Hampton Station, 100m away. Buses: 708, 828. Timed parking behind Woolworths (rear of Hampton St).

    Accessibility: accessible parking on-site, wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets.


    What can I expect when I attend an AV COVIDSafe event?
    AV is closely following DHHS COVID-19 requirements and our in-person events have changed to comply with these. We encourage you to read our AV COVIDSafe policy before you attend in-person events at AV in 2021. This includes important information about our QR code check-in system and what you need to bring with you to an event. As the venue capacity is reduced and spaces are limited, please register if you would like to attend to ensure you don't miss out.
    Please note that DHHS advice may change and we will do our best to communicate any changes in AV COVID-19 policy to our community.


    If you have questions about our COVIDSafe policy or would like more information: contact Jenni (AV Admin) via admin@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    Adults Hub: Online / Phone Social Night

    Topic: Sensory Sensitivities




    This group is for our older Adult peer group attendees.  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.)


    The Adults Group is currently meeting online via Zoom due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place in Melbourne, Victoria. We have included more information below about Zoom and how to access the meetings.


    This month, we will be discussing an experience shared by many in the autistic community: sensory sensitivity. This is where we are much more sensitive to certain environmental stimuli than the average person. For some people it is sharp noises, or maybe low humming noises. For others it may be bright light, flashing lights, or particular colours. Other people may have difficulty with the texture of clothing, food, or being touched, even accidentally. At the meeting, we will be discussing sensory sensitivities: what people experience and how we get around the problems these sensitivities cause.


    Feel free to drop in at any time through the 7.30pm to 9.30pm indicated timeslot.

    The meeting will be facilitated by the Group Leader, Colin. You can contact him via asadults@aspergersvic.org.au.


    Cost: FREE this month, courtesy of a COVID-19 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. You need to register to access the Zoom link. You will receive a registration confirmation email containing the link and meeting details.


    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your phone (landline or smart phone). Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)


    For more information: contact Jenni (AV Admin) - admin@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    Parents & Carers Community Connection: Online Discussion




    This is an online peer support meeting open to all parents/carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults. We are currently meeting online via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. Depending on the size of the group and their preference, we can create separate discussion groups on the night as needed.  We have included more information below about Zoom and how to access the meetings.


    The session is facilitated by our Parents & Carers Team


    Cost: FREE this month, courtesy of a COVID-19 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. You need to register to access the Zoom link. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email containing the link and meeting details.


    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your landline telephone or smart phone. Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    For more information: contact Jenni (AV Admin) via admin@aspergersvic.org.au 

      • 25 Mar 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Online via Zoom
      • 80
      Register

      Young Adults Hub: Online Peer Discussion

      Chat & play online games



      Our Young Adults group is a great place for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodiverse profiles 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.


      We are currently meeting online via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. We have included more information below about Zoom and how to access the meetings. You are welcome to have your video and microphone on or off if you prefer, and you can also participate in the meeting via Zoom's text-based chat function.


      The meeting will be facilitated by the Young Adult mentor team:

      • Callan, Sunny, Eleanor & Tim - Volunteer Mentors
      • Lyndel Kennedy - Young Adults Co-Facilitator


      Cost: FREE this month, courtesy of a COVID-19 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. You need to register to access the Zoom link. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email containing the link and meeting details.


        What is Zoom?

        Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your landline or smart phone. Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)


        For more information, contact admin@aspergersvic.org.au


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