What we're about

A group for all adult (18+) self-defined women/LGBTQI+ with high-functioning autism and related neurodiversity - or women who’ve maybe taken the AQ test for adult autism (https://psychology-tools.com/test/autism-spectrum-quotient), wondered, and want to explore possible female autism free from medicalisation and ‘male brain’ theories.

There’s really not much known and even less support for women with autism so one of the points of this group is to explore gender and autism and the other is to create our own community networks and critical definitions. So every month someone will introduce a topic and we can enjoy a discussion in any form that works for us. Topics will be posted in advance in case people want to research around it themselves - also bring any games, devices, spinners etc that you’d like to play with, stim at will, make breakouts, make friends.

This isn’t a mental health support group, it’s about neurodiversity, building confidence and networks outside of medicalised provision and a place to be ourselves. We’re interested in self-definition, critical theories of neurodiversity, fluid identities, alternative therapies, and in what is needed for more high functioning autistic people to develop their unique contribution to society. We’re also interested in making better use of digital tools to collaborate and reduce isolation.

We don’t have any time for rules and regs but everyone does need to be respectful of sensory issues and we can’t always accommodate mental health co-(or other)diagnoses - there’ll be a ‘newbie’ sheet at every meeting. Everyone talking at once through to lurking in the background are absolutely fine as long the space stays constructive and bearable for auties.

Upcoming events (5+)

Support group Meet up/Eat out - Tayyabs Restaurant

83-89 Fieldgate St

We'll meet at 4:30 pm as usual. I've reserved space for 10 but the restaurant is spacious and can fit more. This is the replacement meet-up for December. We thought it would be nice to have a meal out before everyone leaves for the holidays/everything closes. The reviews state that the food is cheap, however, you can take a look at their menu and decide. I would say a budget of £10-12 should cover you. Vegan options + Halal-friendly, and it is described as a "much-loved Punjabi restaurant serving aromatic, spicy dishes in a no-frills, contemporary interior". I look forward to seeing everyone there :)

Neurodissident Cafe

Needs a location

Regular meeting on the last Sunday of every month - January topic = moving on from theory of mind : 1. What does vagus nerve have to do with it? NB no meeting in December but there will probably be other events.

Neurodissident Cafe

Needs a location

Regular meeting on the last Sunday of every month - January topic = moving on from theory of mind : 1. What does vagus nerve have to do with it? NB no meeting in December but there will probably be other events.

Neurodissident Cafe

Needs a location

Regular meeting on the last Sunday of every month - January topic = moving on from theory of mind : 1. What does vagus nerve have to do with it? NB no meeting in December but there will probably be other events.

Past events (7)

Show: 'Alaska' (at Festival of Minds and Bodies, Wellcome Trust)

Photos (7)