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 is half-open and our usual meet places still not, we are going from week to week, met up outdoors when that became allowed, then indoors. Since the Filmhouse reopened we have got some Sat meeting up going again, according to interest during the week: they have to be prebooked there now for up to 4 folks at a time, but you can change the number after booking. During the maximum lockdown we had video meets going on the Whereby site, juggling times to get more folks in, and twice-weekly when needed. Enquirers could still meet us there.

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.

Any exceptions or missed weeks were announced here.

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 last year.

Of course, places' cautious incomplete reopenings and social distancing will keep things out of normal for some time to come, like everyone we will have to adapt around it.

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.

Enquiries Maurice Frank, chair: to contact box.


About ELAS
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.


A CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GLASGOW UNIVERSITY, college of medical, veterinary + life sciences, carried by request. Updated Jun 2 for present conditions.

Face validity and perspectives on a therapeutic alliance questionnaire (the Working Alliance Inventory) from the viewpoint of adults with autism.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow are seeking autistic adults to talk about therapeutic relationships, that is, relationships between therapists and clients, and give opinions on a questionnaire called the Working Alliance Inventory.

  •  Are you autistic? Are you aged 16 or above? If you have answered yes to both questions, you are eligible to take part in this study.

  •  You do not need to have any experience of therapy. We simply ask that you are open to talking about the questionnaire and sharing your thoughts and opinions.

  •  All you will have to do is answer some questions in an online interview via Zoom or Skype.

  •  If you would like to take part in this study, or would like any more information, please contact Katie Rutherford by email or mobile 07554907631.

Thank you for your time.


Re using Zoom, you don't need to have the app to be able to join the meeting, and you can join on any device you choose including a mobile phone. But I (site) add 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/".

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