Autistic Inclusive Meets/AIM
Our Aims Are:
To enable families with autistic children, and autistic individuals to get out into the community and socialise in an accepting inclusive environment with like-minded peers.
To provide monthly meet up dates and times at museums, parks and places of interest.
To make available funded meals and trips out with fares for transport provided for families and individuals.
To arrange and facilitate trips for adults into the community allowing otherwise socially cut off individuals to thrive and instigate friendships.
To fund families and individuals to go on holiday breaks that they otherwise could not afford, renting out a fully disabled-friendly wheelchair-adapted bungalow or caravan for a week.
To rent premises for a weekly special needs playgroup with sensory toys/aids/apparatus and outdoor wheelchair-friendly play area.
To purchase sensory equipment including weighted blanket and compression vests.
To provide support and advice to families and individuals.
To promote acceptance of autism and educate the general public.
To protect autistic rights and campaign against autistic mistreatment.
To provide telephone and email helplines for members feeling anxious and requiring a caring individual to speak to them for support.
To fund families wishing to purchase sensory toys, specialist clothing and aids (weighted vest; helmet; chewy tube devices), Maclaren Major buggies, and to have a lending service for all such items.
To provide life skill training for teenagers, such as trips to supermarket and launderette, accompanied by a volunteer to encourage them to interact and enable more independence.
No personal gain is to be taken from any funding received.
AIM Board of Directors
I am an autistic mother to autistic children the youngest two of whom I home educate.
I campaign strongly for autistic rights and fight to stop autistic mistreatment, having worked with the BBC, the police and other prominent media.
I believe that AIM will encourage autistic individuals to come out into the community, we provide support for those feeling cut off from society including those who are LGBT.
We will support and provide playgroup services which allows the children to access sensory enrichment while mixing with their peers.
It also allows the parents to meet up and mix with autistic adults which, I believe, is vital.
I have a strong believe in acceptance and inclusion.
I am also author of two books about autism, It’s An Autism Thing – I’ll Help You Understand It and Susie Spins.
I also have a blog and run the AIM playgroups.
I’m a home educating mother to my youngest gorgeous, complex special-needs son; I also have a beautiful non-autistic daughter.
I have worked as a volunteer in a special needs toy library and as a 1:1 teacher’s assistant with spectrum children.
Inclusion is key and acceptance as well awareness is paramount.
I am a mum of four children. My eldest and youngest girls are autistic.
I have been an assistant brownie leader otherwise known as Snowy Owl for 14 years now and I have no plans to give that up anytime soon—it’s far too much fun! I also love knitting and am slowly improving my crochet skills.
I home educate my youngest daughter who is 9 years old and help Emma run the AIM Playgroup which is also a lot of fun.
In the future, I see AIM growing into an organisation that won’t just rival the NAS—I see it taking the place of the NAS. I see AIM supporting families and giving them the knowledge to support their autistic family member in a way that allows the person to grow and reach their fullest potential without fear of abuse—mental, emotional or physical.
Dr. Makeba Garraway
I am a home educating mum of two young children, and am currently involved in the lengthy process of assessment and diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) for my wonderful three year old son.
AIM has given me the opportunity to meet local autistic adults and other parents of autistic children, who provide invaluable advice, friendship and support. I am proud to work with AIM to ensure as many families as possible can access helpful resources and good quality information when navigating their way through the ASC assessment process, and meet people who really understand the joys and challenges of parenting autistic children.
I have eight years’ experience of working as a doctor in clinical medicine and public health, and I currently work in the field of student mental health. I am also a Huffington Post blogger, and enjoy tap dancing, sewing and allotment gardening.
Diagnosed at the age of 41, Paul Wady is a neurodiversity performance advocate who wrote the book Guerilla Aspies—a neurotypical society infiltration manual. He has a show of the same name that converts audiences to autism, which he has performed for two successive years at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. All this can be found on www.paulwady.com.
He works for the National Autistic Society supporting autism training around the UK, and is married to Elizabeth, another aspie. He has been involved in the wider neurodiversity and advocacy scene since his diagnosis in 2004.
He hopes that AIM proves to be a grassroots organisation by and for people with autism, that reflects on the needs of the parents and the people who are autistic in the borough of Greenwich.
He hopes to do his best to contribute to that goal.
The aim of AIM?
To enrich and encourage the lives of individuals and families touched by autism.
I’m an autistic parent with an adult autistic daughter. I work full-time as a software developer.
I am also involved in advocacy, and recently became involved with Flow Observatorium, a neurodivergent-led project to support and promote recognition of neurodivergent people and their rights.