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Young Adults Group

Are you a young adult aged 18 to 35 who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile? 

Are you looking for a group of peers who share your experience who you can meet, chat to, exchange stories, play games, experiences, and generally have fun with?

Then our Young Adults Group may be what you're looking for!

Who is this group for?

Our Young Adults group is for people aged 18 to around 35 who have Aspergers, are autistic, or who have another similar neurodivergent profile, who are no longer enrolled in secondary education. We are inclusive of all genders and we welcome young adults at all stages of the diagnostic journey, including self-identified.

As this group is a parent/carer free zone, we invite parents and carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers Group.

When and where does this group meet?

The Young Adults Group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. Our in-person meetings are at a community centre in Ashwood in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Our online meetings are held via Zoom.

As COVID is continuing to affect all of AV's group meetings, please check the calendar below to find out if our next meeting is online via Zoom or in person.

What are group meetings like?

Our Young Adults Group, facilitated by our Group Leader, is an informal social group: we meet, chat, and play games, with no social pressure. At our in-person meetings, our Young Adults Mentors run board games and facilitate general discussion. At our online meetings, we have several break-out rooms available for chatting and online games. 

You are welcome to join in the discussion or to listen to others as you feel comfortable. In Zoom meetings, you are welcome to have your video and microphone on or off as you feel comfortable, and you can also communicate via the Zoom chat function.

How can I register for the next group meeting?

The next group meeting is listed in the calendar below. If you would like to attend, please click “Register” on the left side and enter your details. If you are joining an AV group meeting for the first time, we invite you to register for a free first-time attendee ticket: please contact our AV admin team to request access code.

If you would like more information, please contact the Young Adults Group Leader.

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    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, Deb, 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: $5 for AV members, $10 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 interest groups, and to support all the wonderful work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

    If you are attending an AV group for the first time, you are welcome to register for free using our first-time attendee ticket. Please email our AV admin team to access this.

    If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.

    Do I need to register?

    All attendees to AV's online and in-person groups and events must register before attending. For Zoom meetings, you need to register to access the Zoom details. For in-person meetings, all attendees need to register before attending due to DHHS COVID contact tracing requirements and venue requirements. Please register if you would like to attend to ensure you don't miss out.

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

    Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it for free onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your landline or smartphone. When your registration is complete, you will receive a registration confirmation email which includes the Zoom meeting details. We have included more information below about Zoom and how to access the Zoom session.

    You are welcome to have your camera on or off as you prefer. You can also join in the discussion via the chat function via text-based chat function within Zoom. Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    If you have questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team: call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

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