Assert Peer Discussion Group
The Peer Discussion Group meets the first Friday of every month to allow people with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism to communicate with each other on issues they would like to explore. Each session has one or more topics or talks to be discussed in an environment that enables people on the spectrum to talk freely without pressure to translate communications into neurotypical language. This is an opportunity to share experiences and to learn from each other in an attempt to understand ourselves better and the neurotypical world we have to navigate through.
“It was a pleasure to be around so many people who know exactly who they are and who they want to be in the world, on their terms!”
“The session on Stimming and social acceptability was so interesting and helpful. I really enjoyed it once I got past my nerves and I got past them much more quickly than I usually do with Zoom. Looking forward to the next one.
Thank you for another great Peer Discussion.
Thank you for running the group. It feels really helpful to be able to access the community (as an Autist Assert member)!”
– Talulah Miers
“I have been attending Assert’s Peer Discussion Group since the beginning of lockdown and I’ve found it to be a great source of support, reassurance and friendship during a time of extreme disruption and change. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with other autistic people to talk about a variety of topics that range from subjects such as our passionate interests; relationships, autistic mental health, autistic joy and sharing coping strategies to help us navigate an often confusing and overwhelming neurotypical world.”
“A massive thanks to you for always facilitating the PDG, it’s made a great impact in my life just as you have 😭 I really do feel very grateful to be able to be able to come to it. Thank you for facilitating such an incredible space, which is definitely one where I can happily be vulnerable, and for all of us, without fail.”
– Diva Boothe