Any student who identifies as being on the autistic spectrum is welcome to attend the social group for autistic students.
The social group is a regular session where you can meet with other autistic students and also to share worries and concerns in a safe environment where everyone understands you and your autism.
Typically, a group meeting involves drinks and biscuits; a time to share what your week’s been like; a discussion of some kind and some interactive games such as UNO, Articulate or Scrabble, for example. The group is facilitated by two or three people from Spectrum First Education Ltd who try to ensure that at least one of the facilitators is themselves autistic.
The social group meets once a week for two hours. The group meets during teaching times only but students make friends with each other and often meet up in smaller groups outside of group times. The group currently meets on a Tuesday evening, 5-7pm, but this can change each academic year depending on which day suits most of the students who attend the group.
If you are waiting for a diagnostic assessment for autism, the social group is a good place to find out from other students about their experiences of the assessment process.
You’re welcome to come to a group meeting to see if you like it. Attendance at the social group is flexible so it’s okay to attend whenever you can.
If you know who your Disability Adviser is within the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service, email them directly to let them know that you’re interested in attending the group and they will be able to provide you with the time and venue for the group.