Community Autism Dialogues 2022 (Group A)

Community Autism Dialogues 2022 (Group A)

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Welcome to the Community! Autism Dialogue Approach® is a focussed approach to communicating together.

About this event

  • This is for you if you are an Autistic adult (18+), non-autistic family, carer, social worker, professional or teacher.
  • MAY 6th / MAY 20th / JUNE 3rd / JUNE 17th . (all times 3pm-5.30pm)
  • (ONLINE: ZOOM)

The Autism Dialogue Approach® is a structured approach to learning together in a group.

By using a set of easy-to-learn practices in a safe and confidential group, people get to know themselves more, each other and much about autism and life. It can be very enjoyable, rich and even life-affirming.

“Absolutely transformational in accepting my diagnosis (20 years later!)”

Session themes (suggested).

1. Touching the Void Together - embracing the unknown about autism and dialogue.

2. To Mask or not to Mask - choices, identities, protection and trust.

3. Creating Autism - by being yourself, you are creating who you are, autistic and not.

4. Knowledge is Power - celebrating understanding, as a person and a community.

Autism Dialogue aims to provide recovery and increase wellbeing and empowerment for autistic people and their families. As it involves the whole community, this equity design approach also addresses and creates positive change in groups, practices, research and public attitudes, and produces more inspired and cohesive autism-support organisations, instilling a sense of deeper potential. Our Dialogue programmes aim to make the world a more inclusive, friendlier and vibrant place to live.

More info about our approach here

This is a community programme of four (2.5hr) sessions. We appreciate your full commitment to the group.

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What do participants say?

“Felt less alone.”

“It helped me a lot with taking my time to speak…I also benefited from hearing how others deal with different situations.”

“Listening to autistic people telling their stories in their own way has been a revelation. My mind has been opened”

“I felt less pressure with it being online. I could sit in the comfort of my own home happily taking in all that was said.”

“It was good in so many levels for identity, self- regulation, creativity, leveller, compassion, ‘tribe’, religion- the fact that this all starts and ends – and there is no footprint bigger than the one you are going to leave. It is all big. It is all great- if you let it.

“It feels like a cocoon of support and a safe space to share autistic experiences, and experiences of the ‘neurotypical’ world. It is the bridge between the autistic and neurotypical world.”

“Groups/events like this support life and can make it for the better.”

All guidance provided via email in plenty of time for the event.

Dialogica.UK

Can't make the dates? We have a second group (B) starting in August. Click here.

In-person, full day event at Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield, UK. Oct 8th (details and booking to be announced)

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FAQ

What is Autism Dialogue?

These days we rarely get the chance to sit together in a group with no pressure and benefit from each other’s company, no matter who we are or what we say.

Dialogue is a way to do this through slow paced, structured conversation that allows us to talk and flow together.

It’s a confidential, safe space where we aim to be ourselves, learn from each other, gain insight and feel more empowered about ourselves and the world.

We use four simple practices for us to do this, which help us stay on the same path together.

What are the four practices?

- True voice – saying what you need to say;

- Listening – to yourself and to others;

- Respect – yourself and others;

- Suspending your opinions and assumptions.

By being aware of these four simple principles you may be surprised at what you hear yourself saying, or what you learn about yourself!

What if I can’t/don’t feel like speaking?

Turning up is the hardest bit. Being there means you’re taking part, even just by listening.

Do I have to have my camera on?

It’s better if people can see you because of non-verbal cues we get from each other, but if you’re not happy to have your camera on that’s fine too.

How many people will there be?

There will usually be between 20-30 people on the screen together.

Do I have to come to all four sessions?

Preferably, because attending all four sessions is a commitment to the community. As the sessions progress we all grow together and learn together, and there’s the opportunity to make friends and network, which many previous participants have done.

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