Asperger Syndrome Partner Information Australia
A place for validation, information, and inspiration
Mutual acknowledgement and understanding of the Asperger marriage/life partnership experience for partners of adults with (or suspected of having) Asperger syndrome
ASPIA is a Sydney-based support group and information source for those who are involved in or interested in marriage and long-term relationships with adults with Asperger syndrome (or suspected of having Asperger syndrome - ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder).
We host a regular Partner Support Group Meeting in Burwood, Sydney, on the second Saturday of the month and in 2023 meetings will be held quarterly on 11 February, 13 May, 12 August, 11 November. See below for "latest news" about our meetings.
Please visit our "Resources" page for a list of recommended books and also free articles and flyers to download. See our "Support Page" for list of recommended Professionals.
ASPIA's next regular Partner Support Group Meeting will be on Saturday 11th February 2023, 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
We are holding this meeting face to face in Burwood, and offering Zoom attendance as well for those who are unable or feel unsafe to attend (due to distance or covid).
We are grateful to be able to announce that Clinical Psychologist Jeroen Decates will be providing the presentation for this meeting, but joining us online. Jeroen has been known to ASPIA since our commencement in 2003, and has provided yearly psycho-educational and supportive presentations for our meetings. ASPIA regularly refers partners and couples to Jeroen for professional guidance, and Jeroen regularly refers non-ASD partners to ASPIA for a supportive community. You can learn more about Jeroen at www.jdpsy.org
PRE-REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. ASPIA meetings are "closed" meetings and there has been a variation in the location of our meeting - specifics will be provided upon registration. Please RSVP by 5.00pm Thursday 9th February at the latest if you wish to attend in person - please email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not attempt to turn up on the day if you have not pre-registered.
For those who wish to join us via Zoom, please also pre-register so we can send you the Zoom link and presentation hand-out prior to the meeting.
There is a cost of $10 to attend ASPIA meetings, whether via Zoom or face to face. When you register by email (email@example.com), bank details will be provided to you.
ASPIA meetings provide emotional and psycho-educational support for the experience and perspective of non-ASD partners and family members only.
These meetings are not open to ASD adults. We do not have the expertise to adequately support the emotional or educational needs of adults on the Spectrum. Please see ASPIA's "Support" tab for other support opportunities.
NEW BOOK FOR PARTNERS by Carol Grigg (ASPIA co-founder and co-ordinator)
Straight Talk for Partners: Is Common Ground Possible? Essential Guide for Partners of adults who seem set on their own track (or who could be on the Autism Spectrum)
Other General ASPIA news below ...
ASPIA meeting dates for 2023: 11th February; 13th May; 12th August; 11th November. RSVP essential.