Tuesday, 18th July 2017, from 7.15pm
Room K103, Kimmeridge House, Bournemouth University, Wallisdown
Welcome Our Host for the evening is Steve Mason.
Refreshments: Available from 7.15pm. Coffee/Tea with biscuits.
Voluntary Donations A suggested voluntary donation of £1 per head includes refreshments
DAAS AGM 6.30pm. The meeting will be preceded by the DAAS AGM from 6.30pm to approx. 7.00pm. Members have received separate notification. Please note that there will be no Early Bird Meeting this evening. If you arrive during the AGM but don’t wish to attend please wait quietly at the back of the room.
(c 7.30pm)
  • Update on DAAS AGM resolutions and plans for the coming months
  • August – No meeting this month. The next meeting will be September 19th – venue to be confirmed
  • Building works and future routes.
Main Event (7.45pm) An Adult with an Autism Diagnosis. A presentation by Gillan Drew. ‘After a lifetime of struggling to understand why he didn’t fit in, Gillan Drew was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 28. Nine years later, he is married to a lady who also has autism. They have a two-year-old daughter together and another on the way.
  ‘Gillan has written a book entitled ‘An Adult With an Autism Diagnosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed’ to help those who are similarly diagnosed as adults, and writes a blog called ‘Aspie Daddy’ that discusses issues arising from autism and parenting (www.asdaddy.com). He is actively involved with the charity Autism Wessex to increase awareness of autism and to promote the benefits of early diagnosis, and has worked with the Dorset Mental Health Team, Spectrum Magazine and Fontys University of Applied Sciences to help explain to researchers and professionals the reality of living with autism.’
Gillan’s experiences on his journey to diagnosis will be familiar to many who have faced similar challenges and his insights, tips and coping strategies will be a help not only to the newly diagnosed but also to those who may be wondering about how to move forward.
And finally ..... Time after the Main Event to circulate, chat, seek advice or offer help and generally catch up. Volunteers appreciated to put the room back to rights this evening.
Note for first-timers At DAAS meetings you are welcome to join in and take part but you are also welcome to just listen & observe – whatever is comfortable
Can you help? Many thanks to our volunteers who already help in running DAAS meetings and to those who have recently offered to take on some of the support roles. If you would like DAAS to thrive and prosper please think seriously about what you too can do.