Autistic Inclusive Meets/ A.I.M
Autistic Inclusive Meets 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 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.
A helpline number to be in place 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) McLaren Major buggies and have a lending service of all such items.
To provide life skill training for teenagers eg trips to supermarket and laundrette accompanied by a volunteer to encourage them to interact and enable more independence.
No personal gain is to be taken from any funding received.
I also have a blog and run the AIM playgroups.
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.
I’m a home educating mother to my youngest gorgeous complex special needs son, I also have a beautiful non autistic daughter.
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.