We hope these pages help you to find the information you are looking for. If you would like to speak with an adviser from our Information and Advice service please do not hesitate to call us on 01305 213135. Alternatively please contact us through the website.
Developing friendships and social skills
Being social is a learned behaviour and everyone needs help acquiring social graces through direct instruction, role modelling and practice.The social challenges that many people with autism experience become painfully obvious as you are presented with opportunities to be social. The following link takes you to some hints and tips regarding social skills and ways you can practice and develop them.
Social skills for adolescents and adults
Useful information sources for leisure activities and ideas
Leisure and interests are a matter of personal taste so it would be difficult for us to list all of the groups and activities to cover all interests. This information is designed to help you find out where you may be able to pursue your particular interest and to give an idea of the types of leisure activities available.
For details of some of the major theme parks and attractions and the support they give to people with autism, the following link takes you to information produced by the National Autistic Society (NAS).
Families: ideas for days out
The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card - This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. Visit their website or call 0845 1231292 for details. Many cinemas also hold autism friendly screenings. Contact your local cinema for details.
For details of services, groups and events for adults in your area, you can search databases such as:
The National Autistic Society's Autism Services Directory
Dorset Source Directory - Things to do
Most local authorities have a discount card scheme for local services and activities. Eligibility is usually dependant on receipt of certain benefits. Contact your local authority for details.
Some local groups/leisure activities that we have been made aware of and/or have been recommended to us are:
Bournemouth Asperger Social Group
Where: Various venues in the Bournemouth and surrounding Dorset area
When: 1st Tuesday of each month 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Contact: Mr David Brooks Davidbrooks39@btinternet.com 07815163800, Lisa Brooks 07792 868196, or Vanessa Scoulding 07862 729979
Dorset Adult Asperger Support Group (DAAS)
Where: Monthly meetings in Bournemouth and Dorchester
When: Bournemouth –3rd Tuesday of each month 7-9 pm, Dorchester – 4th Tuesday of each month 7.15 pm – 9 pm
Contact: Bournemouth area 07765 484270, Dorchester area 07789 521 758, Poole 07818 173 390, Weymouth 07515 881 200 www.dorsetadultaspergerssupport.org.uk
Autism Wessex Drop In Groups
Autism Wessex runs three weekly drop in groups for adults, in Dorchester, Yeovil and Bournemouth.
More information on dates, times etc can be found here www.autismwessex.org.uk/support_groups
The Friendship Club
Various activities and events across Dorset for adults with learning difficulties including pub meet-ups, bowling, cinema, parties. To find out more see information on the Dorset People's First website or contact Laura on 07970 240555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is not a comprehensive list so if you would like information on groups and activities in your area, or you know of a group that could be listed, please contact us on 01305 213135 or email us.
In all areas, sources of information can include the internet, library, college or adult learning service, church, community centre, council offices, and sports centres.