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Please refer to our terms and conditions page for our event Tickets here. Please note that images may be recorded at our events and please notify Admin if you do not wish your image or your child's recorded. 

Upcoming events

    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Pancake Parlour, 550 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
    • 22
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    Young Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

    Social Dinner at The Pancake Parlour


    Come along and join us for a relaxing social dinner (we've booked the private function room) at The Pancake Parlour Doncaster, with like-minded young adults. New attendees will be made to feel welcome by our peer leaders. 

    • This event is for Young Adults Peer Group attendees only, who are between the ages of 18-35 years (18 yr olds must be no longer attending secondary school).  
    • It is fine for parent/friend to drop off attendees, however only the Young Adult is allowed in to join the group for dinner, as it is a parent/carer-free zone.   New attendees will be made to feel comfortable and welcome by our peer leaders and build their independence. 
    Time:  7:30pm  - approximately 9:30 pm. 
    A private function room is booked for us on the ground floor.  Staff will direct you to this area.

     
    Food & Drinks

    Pancake Parlour have a range of menus for you to choose from, including:  sweet, savoury, students, vegan, gluten-free.  Review the Pancake Parlour menus.

     
    What to Bring:


    Money to pay for your food and drinks (correct change may be helpful). Leaders/waiters will explain how ordering/paying will be managed.


    What Happens on the Night?

    • Attendees arrive and check in at the dinner table.  
    • Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run the all meetings and will welcome you and answer any question you may have (especially if you're new). 
    • Enjoy dinner together.

    This group is for Aspergers Victoria members only. However you are welcome to attend one meeting to try before joining. We welcome your feedback (you will receive a survey after the event).

    Getting There:  If driving, there is free parking is available at the venue.  The venue is on Doncaster Rd and Bus Route 907 will take you there.  Alternately the venue is about 650m walk from Westfield Doncaster, which is serviced by various other bus routes. 

    This page is for booking places only.

    Please Note

    • Bookings close at 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd August. After this time please email us.
    • If you have any further queries about the booking procedures or have missed the booking deadline, please contact us on email address below.

    Contact Details:  Young Adults Team youngadults@aspergersvic.org.au

    Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au

    0412 113 105.

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 456 North Rd, Ormond Vic 3204 (Upstairs)
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    Southern Group Parents & Carers Peer Group Morning

    Friday 24th August, 10 A.M.


    This group is a place for Parents, Grandparents and Carers (of a person with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism) to meet, share their experiences and support each other. 

    We have a range of parents who attend, who have children of varying ages from toddlers through to young adults. The group is structured/facilitated to allow opportunity for all attendees to talk if they wish. 

    Discussion Topic:  Issues with NDIS (guest speaker)

     Preparation:  Please send through questions prior to meeting. This will allow time for researching answers

    Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

    The building lies on North Rd, between Wheatley Rd & Queen St. Parking is available in these streets. Please do not park in the driveway as it is for the office workers only. Come straight in, up the stairs & you'll find us.

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Healthways Recreation Centre, 1-11 Arcade Road, Mont Albert North Victoria 3129
    • 30
    Register

    Sensory Sensitive 10 Pin Bowling

    Friday, 24th August 2018, 7 pm


    Come and join AV teens for a fun night ten pin bowling at Healthways Recreation Centre. Mont Albert North. 

    Teens will have the opportunity to bowl as many games as they can fit into a 2 hour space! 

    This is a bargain deal at $25 per teen including Pizza (the usual cost of only 2 games at other bowling alleys).  A maximum of 40 teens can be accommodated so make sure you book your place. 

     Healthway’s bowling centre has been booked for the exclusive use of Aspergers Victoria teens so that AV can ensure that the environment will be sensory sensitive to all teen's needs. In addition a separate quite room with alternative games etc will be made available if teens want to take time out or prefer quiet activities. 

    Parents are expected to accompany their teens and the topic of discussion for parents will be “Teen social skills development - what’s available and what’s needed”.

    Costs:   $25 for members of Aspergers Victoria     $35 non members

    Please make sure that you let us know of your dietary requirements when registering.



    Time:
     
    7:00 - 9:00 pm


    Activity for Teens:
    Unlimited Bowling
    Quiet games in separate space
    Pizza for dinner

    Topic for Parents' discussion
     “Teen social skills development - what’s available and what’s needed”.

    What to Bring:  
    Your best bowling arm and a hungry tummy.

    Make sure you wear socks.

    Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new families. All group leaders have a Working With Children Check.  Refer to our Groups page for more information. 

    Our teen attendees should be able function independently in the group setting, with no carers in the Teen group.  Our Teen group and peer leaders are very encouraging and welcoming with their peers. Please introduce any new teens to our Leaders on the night. 

    If you are not a member you can come try the group and then join Aspergers Victoria at https://aspergersvic.org.au/join-us

    Please Note

    • A parent or carer is required to stay on the premises.  You are invited to join the other parents to catch up on your month in another area nearby.
    • We would welcome a tax deductible donation to support further training of our peer leaders and other volunteers.

    Please note:   Bookings close at 7 pm on Thursday 23 August, 2018.  Contact us if you wish to book after this time. 

    Getting There:  

    There is plenty of on and off street parking

    Contact Details:    Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au

    0412 113 105.

    • 30 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130
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    Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 30th August, 2018

    ****Note: Group shifted to 5th Thursday for this month only*****


    Come along and join us for a relaxing get together with like-minded adults discussing topics of interest.

    This event is for Adults Peer Group attendees only.  It may be most suitable for those who are aged 30 years and over, although younger adults may still attend if they wish to.  (Young adults may prefer to attend the Young Adults meetings for those aged 18-35 years).


    Time:
     
    7:30 - 9:30 pm - Doors open for registration at 7:30pm and close at 10 p.m.

     
    Topic:
     T.B.A.

    Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new attendees. 

    This group is for Aspergers Victoria members only. However you are welcome to attend one meeting before joining.

    This page is for booking places only.

    Please Note

    • Bookings close at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 29th August, 2018.
    • If you have any further queries about the booking procedures or have missed the booking deadline, please email admin@aspergersvic.org.au 

    Contact Details:  Colin Pickthall asadults@aspergersvic.org.au

    Getting There:  The Nerve Centre is located near the Blackburn Railway station.  Approx 5 minutes walk. There is also plenty of car parking, in nearby streets and in the Nerve Centre car park in the evenings. 

    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Pancake Parlour, 550 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
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    Adults in Their Thirties Social Network

    Social Dinner

    Join the Adults in Their Thirties Social Network for its inaugural event, 

    Dinner at The Pancake Parlour, Doncaster.

    The Adults in Their Thirties Social Network is a new group organised by Aspergers Victoria.

    If you are an adult with Aspergers aged approximately 30 to 40 years old, participating in either the workforce or studying and you are looking to meet like-minded peers, improve your social networks and participate in social activities then this group is for you.

    The group is intended for those who are in the in-between stage of the Young Adults Group and the Adults Group, however participants in the group are still welcome to attend either the Young Adults Group or the Adults Group in addition to participating in the activities organised by this group.


    Come along and join us for our first  relaxing social event (we've booked the private function room) at The Pancake Parlour Doncaster 

      When:

      7:00 pm on Friday, 31 August 2018

      Where:

      The Pancake Parlour, Doncaster

      550 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, Victoria.

      A private function room located on the ground floor has been booked for the event.

      Meet at the venue.

      Getting there:

      Parking is available on site.

      The venue is located along bus route 907 or is approximately 650 metres to walk to from the buses that service Westfield Doncaster.

      Cost:

      Pay for your own food and drinks on the night.

      Click here to view the menu.

      This group is for Aspergers Victoria members only, however, you are welcome to attend one meeting before joining.

      Booking:

      Please register your attendance on this page.

      Bookings close at 8:00 pm on Thursday, 30 August 2018.

      What Happens on the Night?

      • Attendees arrive and check in at the dinner table.  
      • Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run the all meetings and will welcome you and answer any question you may have (especially if you're new). 
      • Enjoy dinner together.
      • We will also seek your input on what you would like to do for future events 

      This group is for Aspergers Victoria members only. However you are welcome to attend one meeting to try before joining. We welcome your feedback (you will receive a survey after the event).


      This page is for booking places only.

      Please Note

      • Bookings close at 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd August. After this time please email us.
      • If you have any further queries about the booking procedures or have missed the booking deadline, please contact us on email address below.

      Contact Details: 

      Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au

      Phillip Kalaitzis Event Co-Ordinator, and Group Leader events@aspergersvic.org.au 

      • 6 Sep 2018
      • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      • The Nerve Centre, MS Australia, 54 Railway Ave, Blackburn Vic 3130
      • 83
      Register

      AN INTER-ACTIVE GUEST SPEAKER PRESENTATION

      Dr  Gavi Ansara Presents:

      "How to Unlock your Aspie Superpowers" 

      Thurs 6th September 2018, 7.30 pm

      What’s fabulous about Aspie people? Unlocking your Aspie superpowers, appreciating and bringing out the best in yourself and your Aspie loved ones!


      This interactive presentation will also involve discussion with attendees about:

      Classic Aspie/allistic communications issues and how to manage them such as:

      • Why an Aspie may feel they are the ‘bad’ one and how to deal with this
      • Why is my parent/partner always upset at me?

      How you can be a cheerleader for your Aspie loved one including how to be more supportive and respectful as well as empowering?

      Discovering Aspie Superpowers

      The strengths that Aspie people bring to work and relationships

      Practical examples and solutions that will spark questions and discussion


       Aims to educate adult Aspies, and their partners/loved ones:

      For Aspie people to discover confidence in themselves while loved ones learn how to understand and empower their Aspie

        To learn strategies for and their loved ones to handle some common situations where Aspie and allistic people have different needs and expectations

      To understand ways to improve Aspie/allistic ‘intercultural’ communication without blaming or pathologising the Aspie person, including ways Aspie people can advocate for themselves

      For both Aspies and loved ones to discover some of the unique benefits and strengths - the Aspie superpowers- that Aspie people bring to their interpersonal relationships and how to activate and apply these strengths.

      Who is This Presentation For?

      Even though this interactive presentation is focused on adult Aspies and their loved ones, everybody that is interested in relationships and empowerment is encouraged to attend. Gavi will provide copies of his slides to attendees. 

      Please come join us and Dr Ansara will welcome your participation. The event will include breaks with a basic supper afterwards to catch up with your community.

      About Dr Gavi Ansara 

      Dr Gávi Ansara (PhD Psych, MSc Soc Psych, MCouns, PACFA Reg. Provisional, Reg. NDIS Provider) is a polycultural, trauma-informed, and trans-affirming psychotherapist with over 15 years of global experience supporting people with marginalised life experiences. Read more about Dr Ansara in the attached How to Unlock your Aspie Superpowers flyer (pdf)

      Arrival From 7.00 pm onwards, ready for 7.30 pm start. 

      Format:  Session will start with approximately 20 minutes of Dr Ansara talking and then a short break to allow time to think of questions / talk topics.  We encourage you to submit questions you already have in the box on the registration form below. 

      Costs:    $25 for Members of Aspergers Vic;  $40 for Non-Members   

      Getting There:  Parking:  Free parking is available at the venue in the carpark and in the surrounding streets. Public Transport:  Take the train (Lilydale or Belgrave Line) to Blackburn and walk about 5 mins up to Railway Ave. Or several buses service Blackburn station.  

      Contact Details:  Phillip Kalaitzis, our Events Coordinator events@aspergersvic.org.au or Emma H., our Administration Assistant admin@aspergersvic.org.au 

      For the terms and conditions for this Event including our use of Event images please visit https://aspergersvic.org.au/events-tandc

        • 7 Sep 2018
        • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
        Register

        This group is a place for Parents, Grandparents and Carers (of a person with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism) to meet, share their experiences and support each other. 

        We have a range of parents who attend, who have children of varying ages from toddlers through to young adults. The group is structured/facilitated to allow opportunity for all attendees to talk if they wish. 

        Some months are focused on a topic of interest. Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

        • 16 Sep 2018
        • 4 Nov 2018
        • 8 sessions
        • TBC. In eastern suburbs, near public transport
        • 9
        Register

        “The Mechanics of Emotion, Clarity, Congruence and Communication in Everyday Life”

        8 WEEK WORKSHOP SERIES

        Commencing:  Sunday 16 September, 2018, 3pm - 6pm


        Aspergers Victoria and the team at Perdekamp Emotional Regulation (PEM) are offering a special eight week workshop for our members. This innovative emotion management workshop follows on from our very successful pilot workshop conducted in April this year.  

        What is P.E.M.? 

        PEM is an innovative methodology which provides direct, effortless and guideable access to authentic emotions on a purely physical basis, without recourse to personal experiences or emotional memory.  It's an organic and fast approach which grants security, flexibiliity and reliability, and works with an unheard-of simplicity and effectiveness in creating emotional understanding and expression. Professor Tony Attwood has wholeheartedly endorsed PEM workshops and commented that this course “is essential for those with an autism spectrum condition who have great difficulty perceiving and regulating and expressing emotions”

        About You:    You must be:

        • Aged 17-35 years
        • An Aspergers Victoria current (financial) member;
        • Available for the entire 8 workshop sessions;
        • Have a diagnosis of Aspergers or Autism Spectrum Disorder;

        Arrival:  From 2.45 pm onwards, ready for 3pm start. 

        Costs:    FREE (funded via a grant)

        Content:  To be advised.

        Getting There:  To be advised

        Public Transport:  To be advised

        Contact Details:    Phillip K. Events Assistant events@aspergersvic.org.au or Gayle V. Groups Co-Ordinator groups@aspergersvic.org.au
          • 4 Oct 2018
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • Eastern Suburbs

          Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners on the autism spectrum.  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. 

          These meetings allow us to share experiences, offer peer support & gain information.

          The group also often organises enjoyable in-house activities. 

          If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the leader to find out more at partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

           


          • 30 Oct 2018
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • The Nerve Centre, MS Australia, 54 Railway Ave, Blackburn Vic 3130
          • 90
          Register

          SAVE THE DATE:  GUEST SPEAKER EVENING

          "ASPERGERS AND SLEEP"

          Tuesday, 30th October 2018, 7:30 - 9:30 pm


          Join us for an informative presentation on the topic of Aspergers and Sleep by:                   Dr Amanda Richdale (B.App.Sc., M.Behav.Sc. (Preliminary), Ph.D.)

          Dr Richdale is currently:  Associate Professor & Principal Research Fellow at Latrobe University, in the College of Science, Health and Engineering; School of Psychology and Public Health and the Department of Psychology and Counselling.  She is also a founding staff member at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC).

           Arrival:  From 7.10 pm onwards, ready for 7.30 start. 

          Costs:    To be advised.  

          Content:  To be advised.

          Getting There:  Parking:  Free parking is available at the venue in the carpark and in the surrounding streets. 

          Public Transport:  Take the train (Lilydale or Belgrave Line) to Blackburn and walk about 5 mins up to Railway Ave. Or several buses service Blackburn station.  

          Contact Details:    Emma Howden, Administration Assistant  admin@aspergersvic.org.au
            • 1 Nov 2018
            • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
            • Eastern Suburbs

            Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners on the autism spectrum.  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. 

            These meetings allow us to share experiences, offer peer support & gain information.

            The group also often organises enjoyable in-house activities. 

            If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the leader to find out more at partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

             


            • 2 Nov 2018
            • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
            • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
            Register

            This group is a place for Parents, Grandparents and Carers (of a person with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism) to meet, share their experiences and support each other. 

            We have a range of parents who attend, who have children of varying ages from toddlers through to young adults. The group is structured/facilitated to allow opportunity for all attendees to talk if they wish. 

            Some months are focused on a topic of interest. Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

            • 7 Dec 2018
            • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
            • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
            • 50
            Register

            This group is a place for Parents, Grandparents and Carers (of a person with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism) to meet, share their experiences and support each other. 

            We have a range of parents who attend, who have children of varying ages from toddlers through to young adults. The group is structured/facilitated to allow opportunity for all attendees to talk if they wish. 

            Some months are focused on a topic of interest. Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

          Past events

          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
          24 Jul 2018 Pathways to Educational Engagement
          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
          22 Nov 2017 Coaching for Neurodiversity
          15 Nov 2017 Annual General Meeting
          11 Oct 2017 Vermont Primary School - OSCH Training

          We rely on donations and memberships to undertake our important work as a volunteer run organisation. Donate now and help us to improve outcomes for people with Aspergers.  All donations are tax deductible.

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          Aspergers Victoria Inc is an Australian registered Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

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          Blackburn, VIC, 3130

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