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Upcoming events

    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Discord Online (Teens) & Zoom Online (Parents). Access Link once registration completed
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    Teens Hub: Online Peer Meeting Discussion

    Teens on Discord, Parents on Zoom


    The Teens have been having a great time together these past few months playing games together on Discord, so we thought we would do it again!  We hope to be back to face-to-face for August at Ashwood.  Coronavirus hasn't stopped our meetings, we have just moved them  to an online meeting format, via two web-based applications - one called Discord (for the teens) and another called Zoom (for parents). 

    Parents can come together and chat about how they’ve been managing, share ideas and support to maintain connections with each other.  Meanwhile the Teens can enjoy a few rounds of "Secret Hitler" or some other "Jackbox" games. See below for more about what Zoom and Discord are.

    This is a popular group where you can meet new friends and catch up with old buddies, enjoy an environment with no social pressure and have an enjoyable night out! Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Cost:  Free for month of July. However you must still please book online before attending. Once registered, you will receive an Event Confirmed email containing the Zoom link. Courtesy of a grant from the Department of Human Services. 

    Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings. Our Teen group peer leaders are very encouraging and welcoming to their peers including new attendees. All group leaders have a Working With Children Check.  Refer to our Groups page for more information. 

    The Discord teens session will be facilitated by the Teens Mentor Team:

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

    The Zoom parents session will be facilitated by the Teen Parents Mentor Team:

    • Tamsin, Suzie - Volunteer Mentors & Emma Groups Coordinator. 

    What is Discord?

    Discord is a free voice, video and text chat app for teens and adults ages 13 and up. It was created to bring people together through a love of gaming. Teens can access Discord via their PC, browser, or mobile phone. Once there, they can join a chat they’ve been invited to or they can create private servers and invite their friends to play and chat (voice, text or video). They can also message each other individually or in group chats with up to ten other friends. Here is a useful Parents' Guide to Discord Blog you can review.

    During the registration process for this event, you will be asked to review our AV Teens Discord Code of Conduct document and your teen must agree to this in order to register for the meeting. 

    Is it safe for our teens to use?

    Yes, we have created a dedicated, secure server for the meeting and only our teens who register will be given the link to participate. Our moderators will have the list of registered teens and will only allow them to be online during the meeting. 


    STEP 1: Before the Meeting: Make sure you download Discord

    Download onto your chosen device:

    1. Your teen will need to first download the Discord App onto their chosen device at https://discordapp.com/download Choose the correct download for the device type. 

    2. Follow the download and installation prompts (you do not need admin access).

    STEP 2: At the Meeting time: Join the Discord Server:

    1. Open up the Discord application

    2. Enter the Discord Server link you've been provided (in the confirmed registration email) to join the meeting. 


    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a program that allows video, web and audio conferencing.You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet. Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    STEP 1: Before the Meeting: Make sure you download Zoom

    Download onto your computer:

    1. Visit https://zoom.us/download, locate Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
    2. Follow the download and installation prompts (you do not need admin access).
    Download onto your phone / tablet:

    1. Go to the App store of your device (e.g. App Store or Google Play).

    2. Search for Zoom

    3. Download it, as per other apps.

    STEP 2: At the Meeting time: Log into Zoom

    1. Open up the Zoom application

    1a.  If using a computer - Go to "Settings", and do "Audio" -> "Sound and "Microphone" checks before you start.

    2. Enter the Meeting ID you've been provided (in the confirmed registration email). The host will receive a 'door bell' that you are waiting and will admit you to the meeting.

    Once you have entered the Zoom meeting room:

    • Your microphone will be muted by default (to minimize background noise)
    • Video - you can choose if its on or off    (On = more internet used)
    • When you want to talk - unmute microphone - click in your picture/device name thumbnail at top of the screen and select "unmute" to switch on your microphone.
    • Try to time your contriubtion so that only 1 person talks at a time.
    • If you want to conribute something but find it difficult to see a suitable pause, you can type your message, either to 'everyone' or to the person you wish to see it (private chat).

    More instructions of how to use Zoom in the meeting will be provided at the start of the meeting. However we can email you an outline for Zoom use in case you need help. 

    Contact Details:  Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au  emall preferred, or 0432 139 528

    Getting There:  On Zoom. You will receive the link when you complete your registration.

    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom Online Meeting. Access Link once registration completed
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    Parents & Carers Community Connection: Online Discussion with guest speaker: "How social skills learning can be useful for our loved ones"


    This month we will discuss the topic "How social skills learning can be useful for  our loved ones".  The Parents & Carers of Young Adults group have invited psychologist and principal at The Social Learning Studio Connie Buckingham to join us for a portion of the meeting to talk about introducing some social skills learning to assist our loved ones. This meeting is open to all parents/carers of Aspergers / autistic children of any age - whether children, teens or adults. as Social Learning Studio runs programs for children, teens and adult age groups. 

    Connie is the Principal Psychologist and Business Owner of The Social Learning Studio at Brunswick in Melbourne. Connie is also the author of 'The Friendship Saver Program' (a social skills/anti-bullying research-based program) which is run at the studio throughout the year. Connie has just completed her PhD research at The University of Melbourne, evaluating the effectiveness of the Friendship Saver Program. This program provides girls within mainstream classrooms the opportunity to acquire social and emotional skills that will improve their friendships, reduce peer conflicts, and promote positive relationships and good mental health into their adulthood.

    This will be an online peer meeting via a web-based application called Zoom.is for parents, grandparents and carers (of a person with Aspergers or Autism Spectrum Disorder / ASD level 1-2 aged) to meet, share their experiences and support each other. The group is facilitated to allow opportunity for all attendees to talk if they wish. See below for more information on what Zoom is and how to access the meeting with it. It’s easy to use and you get a link in your registration confirmation email to join the meeting.  

    Cost:  Free for month of July. However you must still please book online before attending. Once registered, you will receive an Event Confirmed email containing the Zoom link. Courtesy of a grant from the Department of Human Services. 

    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a program that allows video, web and audio conferencing.You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet. Or you can simply just dial in and participate via telephone.  Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    STEP 1: Before the Meeting: Make sure you download Zoom

    Download onto your computer:

    1. Visit https://zoom.us/download, locate Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
    2. Follow the download and installation prompts (you do not need admin access).
    Download onto your phone / tablet:

    1. Go to the App store of your device (e.g. App Store or Google Play).

    2. Search for Zoom

    3. Download it, as per other apps.

    Participate via phone line only:

    1. Dial in via one of these numbers:  +61 3 7018 2005 Australia +61 8 7150 1149 Australia +61 2 8015 6011 Australia. Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ahxpuxnWU

    2. Key in the Meeting ID (from your registration confirmed email).

    STEP 2: At the Meeting time: Join the Zoom Meeting

    1. Open up the Zoom application

    1a.  If using a computer - Go to "Settings", and do "Audio" -> "Sound and "Microphone" checks before you start.

    2. Enter the Meeting ID you've been provided (in the confirmed registration email). The host will receive a 'door bell' that you are waiting and will admit you to the meeting.

    Once you have entered the Zoom meeting room:

    • Make sure that your microphone is muted
    • Video - you can choose if its on or off    (On = more internet used)
    • When you want to talk - unmute microphone.
    • Make sure 1 person talks at a time.

    More instructions of how to use Zoom in the meeting will be provided at the start of the meeting. However we can email you an outline for Zoom use in case you need help. 

    Contact Details:  Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au  emall preferred, or 0432 139 528

    • 16 Jul 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom Online Meeting. Access Link once registration completed
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    Adults Hub: Online / Phone Peer Meeting Discussion - “Comorbidities, Meltdowns and Shutdowns"


    Due to the changing conditions with COVID-19, we had to an online meeting via a web-based application called Zoom. We hope to be back to face-to-face at Ashwood for August meeting.  See below for more about what Zoom is.  

    We had an excellent turnout for last month's meeting and encourage you to give it a try and join us. Discussion topic: Comorbidities, Meltdowns and Shutdowns. 

    It is not uncommon for someone diagnosed with Aspergers or Autism Level 1, to receive a second and concurrent diagnosis such as ADHD, OCD or Depression. This is called a comorbidity. In this meeting, we will discuss comorbid diagnoses: which ones have people received, how do they relate to the Aspergers or autism, and how are they managed effectively.

    We will also look at some of the worst consequences of the sensory sensitivities discussed last month: the meltdown and shutdown. What causes them? Can they be foreseen and averted? How to manage them when they happen, and what can others do to help?

    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 may still attend if they wish to.  (Young adults may prefer to attend the other younger adult meetings: see our event list).

    Cost:  $5 AV Members, $10 Non-Members. Please book and pay online before attending, You will receive the link to join the meeting when your payment is done and you will receive a Event Confirmed email containing this link. 

    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a program that allows video, web and audio conferencing.You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet. Or you can simply just dial in and participate via telephone.  Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    STEP 1: Before the Meeting: Make sure you download Zoom

    Download onto your computer:

    1. Visit https://zoom.us/download, locate Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
    2. Follow the download and installation prompts (you do not need admin access).
    Download onto your phone / tablet:

    1. Go to the App store of your device (e.g. App Store or Google Play).

    2. Search for Zoom

    3. Download it, as per other apps.

    Participate via phone line only:

    1. Dial in via one of these numbers:  +61 3 7018 2005 Australia +61 8 7150 1149 Australia +61 2 8015 6011 Australia. Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ahxpuxnWU

    2. Key in the Meeting ID (from your registration confirmed email).

    STEP 2: At the Meeting time: Join the Zoom Meeting

    1. Open up the Zoom application

    1a.  If using a computer - Go to "Settings", and do "Audio" -> "Sound and "Microphone" checks before you start.

    2. Enter the Meeting ID you've been provided (in the confirmed registration email). The host will receive a 'door bell' that you are waiting and will admit you to the meeting.

    Once you have entered the Zoom meeting room:

    • Make sure that your microphone is muted
    • Video - you can choose if its on or off    (On = more internet used)
    • When you want to talk - unmute microphone.
    • Make sure 1 person talks at a time.

    More instructions of how to use Zoom in the meeting will be provided at the start of the meeting. 

    Contact Details:  Colin asadults@aspergersvic.org.au or Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au  emall preferred, or 0432 139 528

    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom Online Meeting. Refer
    Register

    Women-identifying & NB folk Online Get-together


    Hopefully this will be the last month that we need to meet online. With any luck we will be able to meet again face to face in August.  So we will again have an online meeting via a web-based application called Zoom. See below for more about what Zoom is. 

    This is an exciting and liberating opportunity to connect with other women and NB people on the spectrum, BYO cuppa! Age is no limit! All women-identifying & NB gender folk welcome. So let's come together online and have a general peer discussion to discuss how we've been managing, share ideas and concerns and ensure we find some calm in this situation.

    Cost:  

    Cost:  Free for month of July. However you must still please book online before attending. Once registered, you will receive an Event Confirmed email containing the Zoom link. Courtesy of a grant from the Department of Human Services. 

    ease do still register prior to attending with your registration. Email admin@aspergersvic.org.au if you need assistance to do this.

    The get-together is facilitated by Aspie women, for Aspie women and is very informal. Once you have attended your first group you are able to join our Facebook group where we may organise catch-ups such as bushwalking in the Dandenongs and other shared passions, once lockdown is over! Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new attendees.

    What is Zoom?

    Zoom is a program that allows video, web and audio conferencing.You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet. Or you can simply just dial in and participate via telephone.  Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    STEP 1: Before the Meeting: Make sure you download Zoom

    Download onto your computer:

    1. Visit https://zoom.us/download, locate Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
    2. Follow the download and installation prompts (you do not need admin access).
    Download onto your phone / tablet:

    1. Go to the App store of your device (e.g. App Store or Google Play).

    2. Search for Zoom

    3. Download it, as per other apps.

    STEP 2: At the Meeting time: Join the Zoom Meeting

    1. Open up the Zoom application

    1a.  If using a computer - Go to "Settings", and do "Audio" -> "Sound and "Microphone" checks before you start.

    2. Enter the Meeting ID you've been provided (in the confirmed registration email). The host will receive a 'door bell' that you are waiting and will admit you to the meeting.

    Once you have entered the Zoom meeting room:

    • Make sure that your microphone is muted
    • Video - you can choose if its on or off    (On = more internet used)
    • When you want to talk - unmute microphone.
    • Make sure 1 person talks at a time.

    Participate via phone line only:

    1. Dial in via one of these numbers:  +61 3 7018 2005 Australia +61 8 7150 1149 Australia +61 2 8015 6011 Australia. Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ahxpuxnWU

    2. Key in the Meeting ID (from your registration confirmed email).

    More instructions of how to use Zoom in the meeting will be provided at the start of the meeting.

    Contact Details:  Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au  emall preferred, or 0432 139 528

    Getting There:  No physical premises meeting this month, only the online meeting. See your Event Registration Confirmed email for the link to join. 

    • 23 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom Online. Access Link once registration completed
    • 62
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    Young Adults Hub: Online Peer Discussion

    Chat & play online games


    Young adults meetings have been well-attended in this online format! We had a great time chatting and playing online card games. This month we thought we will play some "Jackbox" games again (in a separate breakout room) as it has been great fun! We hope to be back to face-to-face meetings at Ashwood by August for this group, but for this month we will again run an online meeting via the web-based application "Zoom".

    Over the last two months, the young adults had a great turn out of 15+ people, who had a lot of fun just chatting in the main meeting room and others split off for playing online card games.  

    This peer meeting is for adults aged (minimum) 18 years - 35 years old (approx.) with Aspergers (or Autism Spectrum Disorder level 1-2). This is a popular group where you can meet new friends, enjoy an environment with no social pressure and have an enjoyable night Looking forward to seeing you there! You may join with your video and audio on or off in whatever way you are comfortable with. 

    Cost:  Free for month of July. However you must still please book online before attending. Once registered, you will receive an Event Confirmed email containing the Zoom link. Courtesy of a grant from the Department of Human Services. 

    Please note the following about how our group runs:

    • This event is for Young Adults who are between the ages of 18-35 years.  
    • This is a parent/carer-free zone. 
    • New attendees will be made to feel comfortable and welcome by our peer leaders.

      The Zoom session will be facilitated by the Young Adult Mentor Team:

      • Callan, Sunny, Eleanor & Tim - Volunteer Mentors
      • Lyndel Kennedy, Young Adults Co-Facilitator
      • Emma Howden. Groups Co-Ordinator

      What is Zoom?

      Zoom is a program that allows video, web and audio conferencing.You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet. Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

      STEP 1: Before the Meeting: Make sure you download Zoom

      Download onto your computer:

      1. Visit https://zoom.us/download, locate Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
      2. Follow the download and installation prompts (you do not need admin access).
      Download onto your phone / tablet:

      1. Go to the App store of your device (e.g. App Store or Google Play).

      2. Search for "Zoom US download"

      3. Download it, as per other apps.

      STEP 2: At the Meeting time: Log into Zoom

      1. Open up the Zoom application

      1a.  If using a computer - Go to "Settings", and do "Audio" -> "Sound and "Microphone" checks before you start.

      2. Enter the Meeting ID you've been provided (in the confirmed registration email). The host will receive a 'door bell' that you are waiting and will admit you to the meeting.

      Participate via phone line only:

      1. Dial in via one of these numbers:  +61 3 7018 2005 Australia +61 8 7150 1149 Australia +61 2 8015 6011 Australia. Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ahxpuxnWU

      2. Key in the Meeting ID (from your registration confirmed email).

      Once you have entered the Zoom meeting room:
      • Your microphone will be muted by default (to minimize background noise)
      • Video - you can choose if its on or off    (On = more internet used)
      • When you want to talk - unmute microphone - click in your picture/device name thumbnail at top of the screen and select "unmute" to switch on your microphone.
      • Try to time your contribution so that only 1 person talks at a time.
      • If you want to contribute something but find it difficult to see a suitable pause, you can type your message, either to 'everyone' or to the person you wish to see it (private chat).
      More instructions of how to use Zoom in the meeting will be provided at the start of the meeting. 

      Contact Details:  Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au  emall preferred, or 0432 139 528

      Getting There On Zoom. You will receive the link when you complete your registration.


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