Dorchester
PROGRAMME

Monday, 10 September 2018, 7pm - 9pm

Do I Look Autistic Yet?

The United Church, Dorchester – The Cafe (ground floor)
49 / 51 Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE

Getting to the Dorchester venue

7pm Doors open Hosted by Trish Crawford
Refreshments Coffee/Tea/Squash & biscuits available throughout the evening.
Pause for Thought
People carry electricity for me; they have a current that surges around my body until I’m exhausted. It’s hard to pinpoint what it is, exactly; something about their noise, their unruly movement, the unpredictable demands they might make on me. It makes the air feel thick, like humanity has, not a scent, but a texture.

Katherine May, The Electricity of Every Living Thing, one woman’s memoir of finding out she’s autistic while walking the South West Coastal Path

7.25pm Notices

DAAS informal socials in Poole These are now a regular event that will take place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Delfino Lounge in Falkland Square, Poole. It’s very close to the railway station.  Next socials 2nd October and 6th November at 7pm.

DAAS Drop-in Also in Poole DAAS has an informal drop-in on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 11am – 1pm at Rossmore library, Herbert Avenue, Poole.  A chance to chat, ask advice or just be quiet on your own.

Confidentiality DAAS meetings are confidential. Please respect others’ privacy and don’t talk about who else attends or what they say in meetings unless that person has given you permission to do so.
“Who you see here, what you hear here, let it stay here”.

Future meetings What’s coming up. Also I hate to mention the C Word so early in the year but does the group want to do anything for Christmas or would you prefer to just have a normal meeting?

Any other notices? If you have anything you’d like to bring to the group, you can share it here (if you don’t want to speak, let the host know before the meeting starts and she’ll read it out).   

7.30pm Main Event

Do I look autistic yet?

This month we’re pleased to welcome Hannah Molesworth. Hannah is an autistic advocate and campaigner from Weymouth. Her campaign #DoILookAutisticYet? aims to change public perceptions of autistic people.  It went viral and was featured in the national press.

 

Now she’s leading a new campaign #TakeTheMaskOff  to educate people about masking and accepting autistic people so they can take the mask off.

Afterwards there’ll be a chance for questions and a discussion.

This talk was originally scheduled for July but was postponed. Thank you to Hannah for agreeing to come back and do the talk this month.

And Finally ..... Time to network, chat, seek advice or help, bring news to the group etc.
End of meeting Grateful thanks for helping us ready the Café for the following morning :)
First Visit? DAAS West is a small and welcoming group. You can just listen; observe; join in and take part; get up and move about; come and go at your leisure; whichever feels comfortable for you. You are kindly asked to sign the register to comply with fire regulations.
Can I Attend? DAAS and DAAS West meetings are open to those on the spectrum both diagnosed and undiagnosed plus carers, friends and family.