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We have some interesting topics for our Aspergers community coming up and we have also listed our Peer Group Meetings and Courses for you to book. We have bookings for our Peer Group Meetings so we can manage numbers due to their ever growing popularity. Register here to receive updates about AV's upcoming educational events as they are posted, and join as a community member. 

For more details about our Peer Meetings please visit here. Our Peer Meetings are for those who are independently capable, with no carers present, except for our u18 Meetings where parents stay on premises in a separate area. 

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

Our events and meetings are run by our amazing team of volunteers. Please thank them for their contribution if you get a chance. 

Upcoming events

    • 16 Sep 2018
    • 4 Nov 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Rd, Blackburn Vic 3130
    • 4
    Registration is closed

    “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:  Blackburn Station is a 5 minute walk away. Belgrave or Lilydale line trains service this station and various bus routes as well. 

    Contact Details:    Phillip K. Events Assistant events@aspergersvic.org.au or Gayle V. Groups Co-Ordinator groups@aspergersvic.org.au
      • 18 Oct 2018
      • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130
      Register

      Adults Peer Group Meeting 

      Thursday, 18th October, 2018


      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:
      "Pitfalls in Communication

      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

      • 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. 

      • 26 Oct 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • 456 North Rd, Ormond Vic 3204 (Upstairs)
      Register

      Southern Group Parents & Carers Peer Group Morning

      Friday 26th October, 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:  To be confirmed

      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.

      • 26 Oct 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Ave, Blackburn Vic 3130
      • 44
      Register

      SELF-ADVOCACY & SPEAKING OUT FOR YOURSELF

      Friday, 26th October 2018, 7 pm


      Would you like to be able to speak up and advocate for what YOU want?

      Then come and join AV teens and Young Adults’ joint meeting to learn all about self-advocacy and speaking out for yourself.  Emily Tester from the YDAS ‘Map Your Future’ program will help you think about:

      • what is happening for you at the moment,
      • what you want and
      • how you can advocate for yourself,
      • how you can speak out to make it happen and
      • where to get the supports you need to achieve your goals.

      Don’t miss this joint meeting between the Teens and Young Adults to learn to become your own advocate and to speak up for your self!!!!! 

      Emily Tester is from YDAS’ Map Your Future  a state wide advocacy service for youth 18-25 years of age.  ‘Map Your Future’ is a trial program run by YADS for teens and young adults to learn to speak out and advocate for yourself. 

      This month's combined meeting is for: teens and yound adults aged between 13 to  35 years, assisted by our peer mentors, while parents and carers get to catch up nearby. .

      Our male and female young adult leaders encourage the new people on the night,  while our parent leaders support and welcome everyone to the group. Please don't forget to sign-in on arrival. Teen parents (up to 18 years) need to remain at the venue, just in a different area. 

      Costs:   Free (to members of Aspergers Victoria, or first-time attendees)


      Time:
       
      7:00 - 9:00 pm

      Activity for Teens:
      • Your thoughts about the self-advocacy prompting questions above
      What to Bring:
      • Yourself


      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. 

      Attendees  should be able function independently in the group setting, with no carers in the Teen/Young adult group (teen parents still stay on premises).  Our leaders are very encouraging and welcoming with their peers. Please introduce any new teens to our Leaders on the night. 

      This group is for Aspergers Victoria members only. 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.

      Getting There:   The Nerve Centre is the MS Australia building. There is free car parking outside the venue and in surrounding streets.  If taking public transport, take the Lilydale or Belgrave line train to Blackburn Station.

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

      0412 113 105 or admin@aspergrsvic.org.au for Emma H. for booking/membership questions.

      • 30 Oct 2018
      • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      • The Nerve Centre, MS Australia, 54 Railway Ave, Blackburn Vic 3130
      • 44
      Register

      Dr Amanda Richdale: "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.)

      Associate Professor Amanda Richdale is a psychologist and principal research fellow at the  Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) at La Trobe University. She currently leads the Autism CRC Longitudinal Study of School Leavers with Autism (SASLA). Amanda’s work has covered a broad range of areas related to autism and developmental disabilities over many years. She has a particular interest in sleep and sleep problems. 

      Who should attend? 

      • Teens and Adults with Aspergers, Parents and Partners and others interested in this topic.

      What will you learn? 

      • Latest research and practical strategies.  
      • Amanda will give an overview of sleep in Aspergers and autism, especially more recent work she and her students and colleagues, at OTARC and elsewhere have been doing. 
      • This will include the kinds of sleep problems that most commonly occur in children, adolescents and adults with autism or Aspergers such as difficulties falling and staying asleep, waking too early and insufficient sleep, their possible causes, their impact onpeople with autism or Aspergers and their families, what can be done to treat poor sleep, and a new intervention program her team is beginning to trial for adults.
      Refer to the event flyer for more details about this event.

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

        Costs:  $25 for Aspergers Vic members, $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:    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 Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1) 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. 

          • 15 Nov 2018
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130
          Register

          Adults Peer Group Meeting 

          Thursday, 15th November, 2018


          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:
          To be Advised

          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

          • 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. 

          • 29 Nov 2018
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130

          Adults End of Year Social Night 

          Thursday, 29th November, 2018

          7.30pm - 9:30pm


          Come along and join us for a social get together and snacks with like-minded adults, to celebrate nearing the end of 2018! This will be our last gathering for the year

          This event is for existing 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).

          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

          • 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. 

          • 3 Dec 2018
          • 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
          • tba


          SAVE THE DATE - 3rd December 2018

          Come hear popular speaker and AV Ambassador Jeanette Purkis share advice and insights into the world of work. 

          We are planning a fairly informal session where Jeanette will talk to teens and young adults about Jeanette's lived experience and recommendations which are captured in Jeanette's successful book "The Wonderful World of Work-a Workbook for AsperTeens"

          Jeanette will outline the positive image of what people on the autism spectrum can achieve and cover some essential career guidance tips for teens and young adults considering part time or holidays jobs and other employment. 

          Come and join us for this discussion followed by some time to catch up afterwards with your peers. 

          Jeanette Purkis is an author, public servant and passionate advocate for Autistic people and their families. She is the author of 'Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome' – an autobiography, She is co-author of 'The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum' and 'The Parents' Practical Guide to Resilience for Children aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum.' Jeanette has also contributed to other books, journals, blogs and websites. Jeanette has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia.

          Jeanette has been working full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. In between writing and paid work, Jeanette frequently gives talks about living well with Autism and mental illness. Jeanette facilitates a support group for women on the Autism spectrum and has her own internet radio show entitled Jeanette's Autism Show. Jeanette lives in Canberra with her little black kitty.

          We are very proud at Aspergers Victoria that Jeanette is one of our Ambassadors for our community and would like to thank her for offering this relevant talk for our community. 

        Past events

        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
        6 Sep 2018 Dr Gavi Ansara Presents: How to Unlock your Aspie Superpowers
        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
        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

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