As many of you know, I work for Asperger East Anglia; I sell books, operate the Society’s social media feeds and run the “Adults with Asperger” social group at Beccles.
I am also a member at Norwich Astronomical Society and have been for over four years, joining not long after I started attending the social groups. During that time, I have progressed to being part of a group of volunteers at Norwich Astronomical Society who help out and give talks at public outreach events. We host cub scout packs, schools and various special interest groups, so it seemed only logical to take the Asperger group along on a group visit.
I would like to thank my fellow club members Paul Webb, Andy Robertson, Steve Hubbard, Jeff Simpson, Paul Brocklehurst, Chris Greenfield and Shaun Reynolds for their help on Wednesday evening. In fact in all three capacities – Norwich Astronomical Society club member, Asperger East Anglia employee and adult with Autism – I was please with support from my fellow group visit volunteers. It’s SO nice to see people who care turning out to further the Club’s aims of outreach to various groups as well as the general public 😀
I would also like to thank the group members who provided transport for those without it and for those of my colleagues and fellow service-users who were involved in the planning of this visit. It shows that having Asperger Syndrome does not have to mean being isolated and also how we can organise events as well as anybody else.
And a reminder for people living in or near Beccles: if you are over 18 and have Asperger Syndrome or HFA and would like to meet others like yourself, why not come to our group meetings? A formal diagnosis is not required. We meet twice a month and have a stay-in-and-chat meeting at the end of the month and a go-out-and-do-stuff meeting at the beginning; there is a similar group for the Norwich area. Details can be found on the Asperger East Anglia website.
Andy Robertson talking on telescopes and equipment
The helpers who made the visit possible
Me – with both badges around my neck
A small telescope, close-up
Setting up for the talk
Paul Webb talking an introduction to astronomy:
Images courtesy of Chris Greenfield (@chris_greenf)
(By: Martin Howe)