Social and supportive, as arises, always focused on autistic issues needs and interests. Able to decide on opinion responses to developments in autism too.
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While society has been half-open and our usual meet places still not, we met up outdoors when that became allowed, then indoors, but with couple of folks preferring afternoon meet around town. During the latest reopening of Filmhouse, as during the autumn one, bookable numbers of us are meeting there Sat evenings. We continue to have video meets Sun evenings on either Skype or Whereby, 2 options available according to whether folks have any technical troubles with them. Enquirers can conveniently meet us there.
As a guide: before the Covid crisis, our meet pattern used to be - Saturdays weekly, at Filmhouse, Lothian Road 5-6pm and Traverse theatre bar, Cambridge Street off Lothian Road, 6-9pm. We carried a visibility sign.
Traverse was popular for its quietness most of the time: autistic sensitivity to crowds and sound. But it could unpredictably be closed for private or pay-entry functions. On those days we stayed in Filmhouse, handily just across the road. A third option found quieter at Festival time was the Cameo.
A weekday meet could also be held, esp in summer, if the Saturdays not suiting everyone. Express an interest in another day. We did this twice in 2019.
Edinburgh + Lothian Asperger Society (ELAS) is an independent peer support group for adults, over 16, with any autistic spectrum condition, either diagnosed or personally detected, on roughly the non-learning-disability part of the spectrum: if we are the level you are comfortable with that's fine. No limit on where you live, come any distance, several have.
ELAS is organised by autistic people and has an elected chair. Membership is free and open to anyone as described above, and to their family like parents and partners. Autism professionals welcome to visit to raise items with us. ELAS adopted its constitution on 12 May 2003.
ELAS aims to provide a community for autistic people to meet, accept, value and support one another and share ideas and coping strategies.
We aim to link with other autism groups, autism professionals and service providers, and to improve services and conditions for autistic people by promoting autism awareness and providing input on autistic issues to government policy documents. ELAS Equality Policy
ELAS email google group
Members can discuss topics on the email chatlist in confidence. Drop us a line if interested to join it.
NB we are not using Zoom, the fashion for everyone to use it hits folks finding technical troubles even with getting the app let alone using. But from the frustrations of Zoom and realising it's one of the options that folks might want, there is a fairness urge to share some info on it. -
You don't need to have the app to be able to join a Zoom meeting, and you can join on any device you choose including a mobile phone. But further to that: if you are given a meeting address including "/j/", the usual form, you are likely to find the Zoom screen putting up barriers trying to force you to download the app, which on many devices you can't, before you can get in. A way round that, deliberately unpublicised by Zoom, is to change "/j/" to "/wc/join/".