Are you or have you been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile? Then our Partners Group may be what you're looking for.
Who is this group for?
Our Partners Group is for adults who are in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile. Your partner may have a diagnosis, be seeking a diagnosis, or be undiagnosed. We are inclusive of all genders, all relationship types, and all cohabitation situations.
If you and your partner both have Aspergers, are autistic, or have another similar neurodivergent profile, you are welcome to join the Partners Group, however if this is your situation, we would recommend that you and your partner join alternate meetings, as the Partners Group is not a couples group. You may also like to browse our other groups for autistic individuals, for example our Adults Group, Young Adults Group, or Women & Non Binary Folk Group.
When and were does this group meet?
The Partners Group meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month (except January). We alternate between online meetings via Zoom and in person. In-person meetings are held at a community centre in Ashwood in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne or at a nearby cafe / restaurant.
As AV peer support group meetings depend on the availability of our dedicated peer support group volunteers, we currently only offer the above format/s. If you are interested in volunteering to run an additional meeting for this peer group in your area, we would love to hear from you! For more information, please contact the Group Leader or our AV admin team, or send us your details via our online volunteer application form.
What are group meetings like?
Our Partners Group meetings are facilitated by our Partners Group Leader and Group Assistant, both of whom have lived experience, and the meetings take the format of an informal discussion group. From time to time, we have guest speakers or a discussion topic, and past topics include self care, the diagnosis journey, recognising signs of burnout and maintaining social connections.
Our focus is to provide a safe space where partners can connect, share stories, exchange advice, and find community.
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.
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