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AutismBC Meets and Community Groups

July 8th, 2020

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For Caregivers, Autistic Adults

We want to empower people with knowledge so they can feel good about the decisions they make for themselves and their family members. Meets are perfect for those of you who want a casual atmosphere to interact with other parents, families, or self-advocates. Come with an open heart and an open mind and you will find your network, and maybe friends for life!
AutismBC Meets 

We believe in the power of community to uplift each other

Everyone needs a place where they feel safe to open up and share their challenges and triumphs. A place to connect with a community of people who understand and can offer advice.

A place to listen, learn, laugh, and cry. AutismBC Meets support groups provide opportunities for people in the autism community to connect, empower, and learn from one another. We believe in the power of community to uplift each other through life’s ups and downs.

 

“The Meets are a safe space. We can take turns talking — or we can just listen if we don’t feel like talking — on a variety of topics, without judgment.

Common themes that come up are parenting challenges we have had since the last Meets, advocacy issues we’re facing, upcoming developmental milestones around things like school that we’re worried about, interactions with those outside of the autism community which might be positive or negative, and our exhaustion at having these extra challenges to face.

We can ask each other for advice, share resources, and talk about the great things that our children and grandchildren are also doing because autism also comes with a lot of strengths. It’s a gift.” ~Katherine (pictured above in Meets image)

 

Meets are perfect for those of you who want a casual atmosphere to interact with other parents, families, or self-advocates. Come with an open heart and an open mind and you will find your network, and maybe friends for life!

Our Meets are hosted virtually via Zoom by our Regional Coordinators and community members. These Meets are tailored for both caregivers of autistic individuals and autistic adults, covering the entire age spectrum from birth to seniors. For more about the Meets guidelines and expectations click HERE.

Check the events page to stay up to date with when the Meets are happening. See you there!

 

Click on the following links to Register for AutismBC Online Meets:

NEW! 

AutismBC Meets: Neurodivergent Living Network: 3rd Monday each month, 10:00 – 11:00 am

More about Neurodivergent Living Network: This new group aims to build a community of support for the daily living activities of all types of neurodiverse and neurodivergent families. We welcome autistic adults, parents of ASD children, partners of autistic adults, chosen family, and anyone looking to make their homes and communities neuro-friendly. So, bring a warm cup of tea and your best advice. Together, we will work on executive function challenges and build routines that actually work for your neurodivergent family. 

Caregivers of 0-10 yrs Children: 3rd Tuesday each month, 10:00 – 11:00 am 

Caregivers of 10+yrs children and youth: 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, 10:00 -11:00 am

Caregivers of Adults on the Spectrum: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:00 – 2:00 pm 

 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

More about the Getting Together on the Spectrum Adult Support Group: Getting Together on the Spectrum Adults Meet up Group

Once you are registered and join the subscription mailing list you will receive emails from [email protected] with the Zoom link, reminders about upcoming Meets, as well as follow-up resource lists containing programs, support services, advice from other community members  – even if you are unable to attend. 

We hope that by sharing the resources that are discussed, you can learn from other community members and have the opportunity to share with others. 

Community Groups

We also understand the importance of in-person connections. We want to support local groups that continue to have meet-up groups, so we will do our best to keep this list updated to connect you with the people around you.

If you notice any inconsistencies or want to add your meet-up group to this list please reach out to Brock here

ONLINE

  • Autistic Writers Workshop 
    • Facilitator: Wendy  You can find her at @ThShrtStryEdtr and @BookNeurd
    • contact: [email protected]
    • Typical Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month 6-8pm over Zoom 
      • autistics-only space. Any genre, 16yrs+, all bodies and brains are encouraged
  • Family Support Insititute (FSI) Various Meetings each with a specific audience and different registration link meetings include: 
    • Newly Diagnosed Autism  
    • Non-Speaking Autism 
    • Dads Supporting Dads  
    • Waiting for Assessment or Services 
    • Single Parent Hang Out 
    • Family Hang Out 
    • And more 
  • Spouses Support Group
  • Neurotypical Adults Married to Aspergers Adults
  • Everything Relationships – A monthly (4th Tuesday of the month) online drop-in to ask and discuss any questions that you have about building and keeping relationships. These monthly sessions will be hosted alternately by Certified Sexual Health Educators Darren Frisk and Sherry Nassrin, and are for individuals who want to build relationships, both professionally & personally. Hosted by Square Peg Society.
  • Chronically Queer (CQ) (Independent) 
    • Chronically Queer (CQ) is for 2SLGBTQIA+ people who are neurodivergent, mad, crip, chronically ill, and/or disabled. CQ recognizes that disability is an umbrella term that includes, but is not limited to: physical, sensory, senses, respiratory, cognitive, mental health, learning, temporary, episodic, invisible/non-evident, self-diagnosed, and more.
    • Typical Meeting – 2nd Wednesday of the Month 6-8pm
  • SIBs Support Group for Primary Caregivers –  private FB group hosts monthly online zoom meetings. 
  • Adoptive Families Association of BC – Coffee Chat – This is a new virtual drop-in weekly group. This group is specifically for parents in our community who are parenting children and/or youth with challenging behaviours, complex needs, and/or FASD. It will be for an hour every Tuesday morning from 930-1030 AM (PST) ; bring a coffee, drop in when you can and chat. Note – There will be no professionals in the group besides our Adoptions Specialist Samantha Johnson, who will be there not to run the group but as a support if needed. Please email Sam with any questions, ideas, or suggestions @ [email protected] 

 

LOWER MAINLAND 

  • Vancouver Square Peg Society (Independent)
    • Contact:  Joette or Francine
    • Meetings Zoom 2nd Sunday of each month at 7 pm 
    • Meeting Walk and Talk 4th Friday of each month 2 pm (contact Francine)
    • ASD +18 Women’s Group 7-8:30pm with Cheryse Bonamis (Normally on the third Monday each month)
  • Vancouver, Vancouver Aspergers Autism Union  (Independent)
  • The Vancouver AUTISM Support Group – Group Facilitator Alex, Vancouver based Private Group Meet-up
  • Disabled Community Connection Network (North Shore) 
  • Richmond, Richmond Autism Parent Support [RAPS] (Independent)  
  • Richmond, Chinese Support Group (Independent)
  • Burnaby, Chinese Support Group (Independent)
    • Facilitator: Mable 
    • Contact: [email protected]
    • Typical Meeting Time: One Friday a Month 12:15-2:15PM
  • Autism Support Network (Independent)
  • Grief on the Spectrum, Langley Hospice Society
    •  contact: [email protected]
    • grieving youth aged 14-19 who identify as neurodiverse or on the spectrum

 

VANCOUVER ISLAND 

  • Sooke (Independent)
    • Facilitator: Sherri
    • Contact: [email protected]
    • Typical Meeting Time: 4th Tuesday of the month 
  • Victoria Autism Meetup Group (Independent)
  • Victoria Society for Children with Autism (Parent Coffee Night)
  • Comox Valley (Independent)
    • Facilitator: Amanda
    • Contact: [email protected]
    • Typical Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the Month 


NORTHERN BC 

INTERIOR BC 

  • Okanagan Self Advocacy Group (once a month Saturday 1-230pm)
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