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A social group is to be launched later this month, offering autistic adults across the East Midlands with the opportunity to take part in social activities in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Autism East Midlands is introducing its Social Space for autistic adults following a rise in enquiries over the past year. The group is open to all autistic adults who are diagnosed, self-diagnosed or waiting for diagnosis of autism.

Members of the group will be able to share their experiences, talk about what issues affect them, and develop ways to deal with areas they are struggling with. Autism affects the way people communicate and interact and many autistic people don’t always enjoy socialising and find it challenging to take part in activities outside their normal routine.

Carole Botham, Director of Corporate Services at Autism East Midlands, said: “From a personal and organisational perspective, there is limited provision of social safe spaces for those groups of autistic people who want to meet new people. The neuro-typical world can be a challenging place. We are looking to take away the barriers and provide an autism-friendly environment where people can engage at their own level.”

Membership of the group is free. Information will be readily available online and there will also be regular meetings organised as well as a variety of social activities and online clubs.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the group and how they can get involved is invited to join an online Zoom meeting at 6pm on Wednesday 24th August.

The introductory online meeting will provide a safe space, where people can feel comfortable and feel involved. They can join with the camera on or camera off and there’s no obligation to speak during the meeting. Anyone can join and simply listen in. There is also the opportunity to take part in person.

  • Anyone interested in taking part in the Zoom meeting can email autismhub@aem.org.uk for more details. Anyone who would prefer to attend in person can call 01909 506 678 and ask for Dan Adams.