Monday, 11 June, 7pm - 9pm

Employment - Future Directions

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.
7.25pm DAAS updates

DAAS social evening in Poole Tuesday 19 June, 7.00pm The Bournemouth and Poole group are having an informal cafe meet-up at the Delfino Lounge in Falkland Square, Poole which is near Poole railway station. See the attached invite for details. If a group would like to go on the train, the 18:33 train from Dorchester South gets in to Poole at 19.06.

strong>He Ain’t Heavy a play about growing up with an autistic brother – Dorchester Arts, the Corn Exchange, Sunday 24 June, 7.30pm
Through physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction, storytelling and puppetry, the audience see how Grania’s brother, Sean, walks, talks and interacts with the world as well as how his unique take on life has shaped Grania.   Find out more by watching the trailer at or visit

Dorchester Choral Society – Relaxed Concert Monday 25 June, 7.00pm This is a 40-minute relaxed concert at the United Church in Dorchester called Songs for a Summer Evening It’s for those of all ages who would prefer a less formal performance. It’s free but contact the Choral Society on 07841 900646 to confirm you’ll be attending.

Can you help us? A big thank you to everyone who has signed up to help with the meetings.  If you can help us to keep the meetings going, either by welcoming people, making teas and coffees, hosting meetings or if you’re prepared to give a talk or know someone who could, please let us know.

Dorchester group sub-committee Last meeting we discussed setting up a Dorchester group sub committee to steer the direction of the group. This hasn’t been taken further yet, but if you are interested in this, there will be a sheet to sign up. Anyone with an interest in the group is welcome to take part.

ANY OTHER NOTICES If you have anything you’d like to bring to the group, whether it’s an event or something else you’d like to tell us, you can share it here (let the host know before the meeting if you don’t want to speak, and she can share it).

7.30pm Main Event

Employment – Future Directions. We are pleased to welcome a return visit from Sandy Teal of sjtealconsultancy Ltd and MindSenseAbility who was recently invited to attend a parliamentary round table to discuss the topic of employment of people with an ASC.

Several of you gave your views via our Facebook page on the positive qualities that many AS people share that would benefit employers, and what modifications (reasonable adjustments) would make this a genuine possibility, contributing to the view that people in this group an untapped valuable resource to business.

Sandy will be giving feedback on the results of this debate and also informing us about another venture being promoted by someone who is working to publicise and promote the positive aspects of ASC when it comes to employment. A dedicated website is due to be launched and the project is backed by companies like IBM and by Chris Packham and others who will push the profile to universities, businesses etc.

Employment - a personal experience Annie West has kindly agreed to tell us about her experiences of work as a person on the autistic spectrum

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.