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 2022 meetings will be held quarterly on 12 February, 14 May, 13 August, 12 November. See below for "latest news" about our meetings.
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ASPIA's next regular Partner Support Group Meeting will be on Saturday 13th August. Please do not turn up unless you have pre-registered. Meeting starts formally at 2.00pm, please arrive by 1.45pm. Important information provided below.
We are holding this meeting face to face at Club Burwood, and offering Zoom attendance as well for those who are unable or feel unsafe to attend (due to distance or covid).
PRE-REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. There is a limit of 40 for the face-to-face meeting, and we have to notify the Club of our numbers prior to the day. Please RSVP by 5.00pm Thursday 11th August at the latest if you are attending in person - please email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not turn up at the Club 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.
Our Presenter for this meeting will be Psychologist Eleanor Gittins, who will attend the meeting in person at Club Burwood. Eleanor's topic will be on "What can be expected from an AS partner, and what can we do to gain co-operation to a management level". Eleanor has been a valuable support and educator for our group, and for partners and couples for nearly as long as ASPIA has been meeting (19 years). We look forward very much to her presentation.
The address for Club Burwood is 97 Burwood Road, Burwood (NSW). We are meeting in the Balcony Room on Level 2. Best parking is off John Street at the rear of the Club - Wilson carpark ($5 for the day). Burwood Railway Station is a very short walk.
Please remember our meetings are exclusively for those who are in a relationship with an adult on the spectrum, or non-ASD family members of an adult on the spectrum.
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 2022: (12th February); (14th May); 13th August; 12th November. RSVP essential.