Over a year ago I was depressed, alone and felt that there was no one in the world who understood me. Today I have found my place in society, I have found people who understand me and who I understand. What happened? I got diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Once I understood the reason for some of the difficulties I was having, I read books, I watched YouTube videos and films to find out more about Autism. To my surprise this world which until now had been a secret was now opened up to me and I fitted in. This was who I was. I am not alone, 1 in 100 people are on the Autism Spectrum, that’s 3125 people approximately in Enfield.
The more research I did, the more I realised that services for adults with autism who did not have a learning disability were lacking in my area. I found myself in the situation that help was not available. I decided to start a group with the help of the Enfield Branch of the National Autistic Society, for people like myself who had autism, where we could socialise, have a voice in the community and make a difference to the lives of people with autism. The Adult Social group has just celebrated its 1st birthday and we are now planning our second year activities, for our twice monthly meetings. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month for speaker and social activities.
This group has helped me meet people like myself, make friends and it has made me feel a part of the community here in Enfield. I have never met such a fantastic group of people, as everyone is so friendly and accepting. We all accept each other for the way that we are and enjoy the meetings that we have and we are very welcoming to new comers.
Currently we are setting up an Autism coaching programme which will be available from November onwards. This is where people with Autism can have one to one coaching to help them reach goals, achieve their ambitions and support independence.
If you think the Adult Social Group or coaching would be useful to you or a family member, please come along and join in our activities, contact Sarah at [email protected] if you are interested.