The Glasgow Autism Meetup Group was started up in 2009 through the Meetup.com website by a small group of individuals on the autism spectrum to provide friendship and mutual support to others on the spectrum. It's an informal group which seeks to hold meetups both on week days and at the weekend in which attendees can get together either for chat, discussion or simply just some company. There's absolutely no expectation as to the degree of conversational participation. Anyone is welcome to join up and come along - whether you have a formal diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, are awaiting diagnosis, suspect you may be on the spectrum but do not wish to pursue diagnosis, or are a parent or carer of an individual on the spectrum.
The nature and frequency of meetups tend to vary according to the commitments of the organisers - but when a meetup is posted it will always go ahead as advertised, or those attending will be well advised of cancellation/change beforehand.
At present the group meets either in a coffee shop environment or in a bar/restaurant. There have also been meetups at art galleries, museum exhibitions and in milder brighter months walks in the park.
The group is more than open to attendees suggesting new venues and activities for future get-togethers to offer a more diverse range of locations and pursuits. Fresh input is very welcome!
There is no cost to joining the group, and you will find understanding and acceptance whatever your age, or circumstance (as long as you are respectful of other members of course :-) )
New members must be approved by the Organizer
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I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.
— Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers