AIM is organised, supported and run by Autistic adults. This makes it a user led group. We run groups and activities to reduce isolation, meet people and support each other. We are not a support group for parents or carers.
Anyone who is Autistic, going through diagnosis, or thinking about getting a diagnosis can become a member on our mailing list.
We prioritise our support for Autistic people who do not get help from social services or other health services. This is often people who have Asperger’s syndrome, or what has sometimes been called ‘high functioning’ Autism.
We prefer not to use the term ‘High functioning’. This is because it divides Autistic people into groups, and describes us as being good at functioning, or bad at functioning. It is not possible to define people like this. An allistic or neurotypical person can function well in some things and badly in other things, on different days, and in different situations, they also have the potential to change learn and grow, to make mistakes, have good days and bad days, have subjects they are good at, exceptional at, and that they know nothing about. They rely on people for some things, like managing finances, or cooking, but we don’t define them into categories. Autistic people have the same rights and functioning patterns. A person who would be described as high functioning because of a cognitive test, might be incredibly anxious about social contact, or have such sensory preferences that they are overloaded easily and become overwhelmed and unable to speak in many situations, despite being fluently verbal in communication. A ‘low’ functioning person has the capacity to learn, develop friendships and may have a network of friends and companions, they may have a depth of knowledge or skills, they may have good alternative communication skills, or excellent verbal communication. By labeling people we limit their potential and but also their support and accommodations they might need, underestimating their skills or overestimating their capacity to manage. Each Autistic person has a unique set of strengths and difficulties, which fluctuate. At AIM we use identity first language and say Autistic person or Autistic people. We also say ‘person who has Aspergers’, or ‘with Aspergers’ if this is their identity.
We send out information each month by email with dates and times of our activities
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What do we do?
- Monday games night and relax group
- Community social group
- Pub Quiz Team
- Women and Girls Group
- Sensory and resource library
- Isle of Wight Autism Partnership Board
- Gathering views for consultations and changes
- Fighting for our rights and services
- Raising awareness
- Training and workshops
Please note that to attend our social groups you must be able to manage your own money, we are not a service provider and do not provide care or support workers. We also welcome a friend or parent to accompany you but only for the first visit, we know from experience you will be ok after this!
AIM is supported by People Matter IW in conjunction with Positive Difference