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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During the latest reopening, as during the autumn one, of the Filmhouse cinema, Lothian Road, bookable numbers of us are meeting there Sat evenings at 1715. No food obligation, just soft or hot drink is okay.
But Filmhouse still needs booking, so you can't just arrive for that time. Before the virus we used to be casual to arrive when you like. But now you need to message or email me to be added to the booking. Do it through the site if you are new. It can be booked up to last minute, but because of the maddeningness that emails can go into spam and take time to show there, you need to mail me at least 2 days ahead.
We continue to have video meets Sun evenings on Skype: enquirers can conveniently meet us there. If you have any technical troubles with Skype, we will meet you in simple-to-use site Whereby instead. It's because Whereby put a 45 minute limit on meets' duration, that we switched it to Skype.
When post-virus reopening started but our usual meet places still not, we met up outdoors when it became allowed: couple of folks preferring afternoon meets around town. We can again if wished. As a guide: before the Covid crisis, the Sat meet used to start at Filmhouse for its first hour 5 to 6, then cross Lothian Road to the Traverse theatre bar: folks liked it because it was quiet most of the time: autistic sensitivity to crowds and sound.. But it was growing a tendency to close for private or pay-entry functions. On those days we stayed at Filmhouse, or if it got uncomfortably crowded later, go to the Cameo cinema's bar at Tollcross. Cameo also was the choice at Festival time.
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 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 constitutes us with a very strong ethic of inclusion and against arbitrary exclusion, the abuse and trauma that can be expected in the militant autistic groups run by arbitrary leaders and jumping on folks for using an ever more ridiculously growing list of forbidden words. ELAS's inclusion safety aligns us against that militant trend in the autistic scene, and for defence of a fair emotionally safer community.
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/".
Happening at present, the Fair Work Autism project -
funded by Scottish govt, run by Cornerstone in partnership with Heriot-Watt University. Twitter (@FairWorkAutism) On our workplace experiences, are they matching the Fair Work Framework?
2 online surveys, follow-up interviews + focus groups using the initial surveys.
• for any adult currently employed in Scotland who identifies as autistic, including self-diagnosed. - tinyurl.com/2yxuav3r
• for any line manager or HR representative based here with experience of managing an autistic employee. - tinyurl.com/2p96x7t2