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PARENTS AND CARERS GROUPS

If you are a parent or carer of a child with Aspergers, then this group may suit your needs. Various meetings are held in the Eastern and Southern Melbourne suburbs February to December, except school and public holidays. 

Meet other parents and carers, share stories and listen to the occasional speaker, in a friendly inclusive environment. Aspergers Victoria volunteers with shared experience run all meetings and will welcome new attendees.  We are planning to expand this to online groups as well. 

Contact the Groups co-ordinator if you have any questions, or register for a session in the groups calendar below.

Please note that AV Groups do not provide professional advice, medical advice, counselling, crisis management or case management.  You can find support through our professionals directory or through a number of organisations that do offer crisis support.

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 6 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Online Meeting. Access Link once registration completed
    Register

    Parents & Carers Hub: Online / Phone Peer Meeting Discussion


    Due to the changing conditions with COVID-19, we have decided to move to an online meeting via a web-based application called Zoom. 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. See below for more about what Zoom is. 

    This peer meeting is for parents, grandparents and carers (of a person with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism / ASD 1-2) to meet, share their experiences and support eachother. We have a range of parents who attend, who have children of varying ages from toddlers through to young adults. The group is facilitated to allow opportunity for all attendees to talk if they wish. Attendance varies from month to month and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges.  

    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. 

    Discussion  Topic:

    Coping with new challenges of online schooling and social isolation for ourselves and our families.

    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 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Online Meeting. Access Link once registration completed
    Register

    Adults Hub: Online / Phone Peer Meeting Discussion - "The Diagnosis"


    Due to the changing conditions with COVID-19, we had to an online meeting via a web-based application called Zoom. See below for more about what Zoom is.  

    Since last month's meeting had low attendances, we thought it would be good to repeat last month's meeting on the discussion topic: "The Diagnosis". You may bring your thoughts and experiences of diagnosis to contribute to the online discussionhow we've been managing, share ideas and concerns and ensure we find some calm in this difficult situation we find ourselves in.

    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 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Zoom Online Meeting. Refer
    Register

    Women-identifying & NB folk Online Get-together


    Due to the changing conditions with COVID-19, we have again decided to move to 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:  $5 (AV Members) or $10 (Non-Members) Please 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 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Online. Access Link once registration completed
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    Register

    Young Adults Hub: Online Peer Discussion    Meet our pets & play online card games


    Due to the changing conditions with COVID-19, we are again running an online meeting via the web-based application "Zoom". Our first online meeting for March was a great success, with nearly 20 people joining! Feedback from those who attended was that it was "fun and informative". 

    We came up with some great ideas for what we can do in the following groups, so for April's meeting we will: Introduce our pets and play online card games e.g. perhaps Cards Against Humanity was a popular vote!  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 out! Looking forward to seeing you there! 

    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. 

    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 so please let us know if you are new. 

      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

      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.

    Previous Group Meetings

    3 Apr 2020 Teens Hub: Discord & Zoom Concurrent Online Peer Discussion
    27 Mar 2020 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    26 Mar 2020 Young Adults Hub
    21 Mar 2020 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    19 Mar 2020 Adults Meet-Up
    18 Mar 2020 Online Peer Discussion regarding COVID-19 Uncertainty
    9 Mar 2020 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Mar 2020 Teens Hub: BBQ, Fire Pit & Board Games Night
    6 Mar 2020 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    5 Mar 2020 Partners Peer Support Group
    28 Feb 2020 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    27 Feb 2020 Young Adults Hub
    20 Feb 2020 Adults Meet-Up
    15 Feb 2020 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    10 Feb 2020 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    7 Feb 2020 Teens Meetup: Barefoot/Socks Lawn Bowls Night
    7 Feb 2020 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Feb 2020 Partners Peer Support Group
    30 Jan 2020 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    19 Dec 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    9 Dec 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Dec 2019 Teens Meetup: Gift making, Pizza & Board Games Night
    6 Dec 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    5 Dec 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
    5 Dec 2019 Volunteers & Staff End of Year Celebration Dinner
    28 Nov 2019 Young Adults Hub
    22 Nov 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    21 Nov 2019 Adults Meet-Up
    17 Nov 2019 Annual General Meeting & Celebration
    16 Nov 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    15 Nov 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    11 Nov 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    7 Nov 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
    1 Nov 2019 Teens Meetup: Indoor Rock Climbing Night
    31 Oct 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    27 Oct 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group - Term 4 2019
    25 Oct 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    24 Oct 2019 Young Adults Meetup
    19 Oct 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    18 Oct 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    17 Oct 2019 Adults Meet-Up
    14 Oct 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    8 Oct 2019 Adults & Young Adults Melbourne Observatory Social Night
    4 Oct 2019 Teens Meetup: Drumming Workshop & Games Night
    3 Oct 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
    29 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    26 Sep 2019 Young Adults Hub
    21 Sep 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    20 Sep 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    19 Sep 2019 Adults Meet-Up
    17 Sep 2019 Develop Your Social Skills Toolkit -Young Adults Module 1
    15 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    11 Sep 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Sep 2019 Teens Hub: BBQ, Fire Pit & Board Games Night
    6 Sep 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    5 Sep 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    1 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    29 Aug 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    23 Aug 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    22 Aug 2019 Young Adults Hub
    18 Aug 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    17 Aug 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    16 Aug 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    15 Aug 2019 Adult Meet-Up
    14 Aug 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    4 Aug 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    2 Aug 2019 Teens Hub: BBQ, Fire Pit & Board Games Night
    2 Aug 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    1 Aug 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    26 Jul 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    25 Jul 2019 Young Adults Hub
    21 Jul 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    20 Jul 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    19 Jul 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    18 Jul 2019 Adult Meet-Up
    7 Jul 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    4 Jul 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    28 Jun 2019 Teens Hub
    28 Jun 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    27 Jun 2019 Young Adults Hub
    23 Jun 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    21 Jun 2019 Social Butterflies Gathering
    20 Jun 2019 Adult Meet-Up
    15 Jun 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    9 Jun 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    7 Jun 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Jun 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    30 May 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    26 May 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    24 May 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    24 May 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    23 May 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    18 May 2019 Womens Group
    16 May 2019 AS Adults Group Meeting
    12 May 2019 Dungeons & Dragons
    10 May 2019 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
    3 May 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    3 May 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    2 May 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    2 May 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    27 Apr 2019 Gener8 (meet-up group for 25 to 45 year olds)
    26 Apr 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    20 Apr 2019 Womens Group
    18 Apr 2019 AS Adults Social Group Meeting
    5 Apr 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    4 Apr 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    28 Mar 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    22 Mar 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    22 Mar 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    21 Mar 2019 AS Adults Social Group Meeting
    16 Mar 2019 Womens Group
    7 Mar 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    1 Mar 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    28 Feb 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    22 Feb 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    22 Feb 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    21 Feb 2019 AS Adults Social Group Meeting
    16 Feb 2019 Womens Group
    15 Feb 2019 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
    7 Feb 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    1 Feb 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    7 Dec 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Dec 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    29 Nov 2018 AS Adults End of Year Social Group Meeting
    23 Nov 2018 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    23 Nov 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    22 Nov 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    21 Nov 2018 Annual General Meeting & Celebration
    19 Nov 2018 AV Adult Women's 20+ Group
    16 Nov 2018 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
    15 Nov 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    10 Nov 2018 Adults in Their Thirties Social Network
    2 Nov 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    1 Nov 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    26 Oct 2018 Teens & Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    26 Oct 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    25 Oct 2018 AV Young Adults Mini Peer Group Meeting
    18 Oct 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    12 Oct 2018 Adults in Their Thirties Social Network
    4 Oct 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    28 Sep 2018 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    27 Sep 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    20 Sep 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    18 Sep 2018 Jobs for People with Aspergers
    14 Sep 2018 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
    7 Sep 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    30 Aug 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    24 Aug 2018 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    24 Aug 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    23 Aug 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    16 Aug 2018 AS Adults August Social Night
    3 Aug 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    2 Aug 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    27 Jul 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
    26 Jul 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    19 Jul 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    5 Jul 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    28 Jun 2018 AV Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    22 Jun 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
    22 Jun 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    21 Jun 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    7 Jun 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    1 Jun 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    25 May 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
    24 May 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    17 May 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    4 May 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    3 May 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    27 Apr 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
    26 Apr 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    19 Apr 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    5 Apr 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    23 Mar 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
    23 Mar 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    22 Mar 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    15 Mar 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    2 Mar 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    1 Mar 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    23 Feb 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
    23 Feb 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    22 Feb 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    15 Feb 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
    1 Feb 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting


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