Our Book: Nine adults share their journeys from discovery to acceptance

“For many adults on the autism spectrum, diagnosis is a profound and liberating moment of self-recognition. But it’s also just the first step on a journey that lasts a lifetime. This encouraging book, enriched by a diverse range of personal perspectives, can help readers orient in this new world and find other members of their tribe.”

Available now, our book Being Autistic – Nine adults share their journeys from discovery to acceptance contains the stories of very diverse autistic adults who share their responses to discovering and accepting their autism. It offers an insider view of the autism constellation to people becoming aware they inhabit it.

​If you are an autism diagnostician or autism lead and might be interested in purchasing copies, get in touch so we can send you a sample to help you decide whether to purchase a bulk order to give to patients.

Please note that hard copies of Being Autistic can only be posted to the UK mainland. However, if you would like to download a PDF copy of the book and leave us a donation, you can do so on this page.

For UK orders, we aim to dispatch your book within a week. Occasionally, order emails go astray, so please contact us if you’ve not received your copy 2 weeks after making your order.

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Our groups

Please note: we are currently operating a waiting list for all our Reading groups, with the exception of the allotment group. If you live in the Reading area, and would like to be added to the waiting list, please sign up here.

Our groups are welcoming spaces where you can meet other autistic adults in a supportive, autism-positive setting.  We run a variety of groups depending on the resources we have available and the interests of our members. We currently run weekly mixed and women’s peer support groups, a craft group, an LGBTQ+ group, a weekly yoga session, and we have an allotment. 

All our groups except the allotment group currently meet online on Zoom. Please note that because of the way we are funded, we are currently only able to offer these groups to people who live in and around Reading.

After initially joining AutAngel you can decide which groups you’d like to attend. Most of our members participate in our “Exploring Being Autistic” programme, which does require the commitment to come to10 sessions, and also means that participants get to know others in the programme, and in AutAngel, quite well.

Whilst we would love to be able to offer free access to our groups, our funding constraints mean that we ask members to make a contribution – we suggest between £5 and £50 a month according to your means.

For people who live in and around Reading

Mixed peer support group – this currently runs weekly on Zoom at 7.15 – 8.15 pm on Thursdays. Each month (first Thursday in the month) there is a drop in session which is open to all members of AutAngel.

Women’s peer support group – currently runs weekly on Zoom at 7-8pm on Tuesdays. Each month (third Tuesday in the month) there is a drop in session which is open to all women in the AutAngel community.

Craft group – currently runs weekly on Zoom at 11am-12.30pm on Tuesdays.

LGBTQ+ support groups – a safe space for members who are LGBTQ+, this group currently runs on Zoom on the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8pm. We also have a weekly LGBTQ+ group, on Sundays at 5pm, which is also open to people beyond our local area. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this group.

Yoga – 6-7pm on Thursdays. This group is due to finish on 10th Feb 22, but please let us know if this is something you’d like to join if we are able to continue or resume in future.

Allotment group – a weekly group, currently running with social distancing in place. Individual members of the group are also welcome to visit the allotment and do a spot of gardening, harvesting and watering! The allotment group is currently open to new members. Please email us at info@autangel.org.uk if you are interested in joining us.

Below you can see a slideshow of our allotment’s progress:

For people outside our area

Our LGBTQ+ support groups (see above in Reading groups) are also open to people who don’t live locally to us. Please contact us if you’d be interested in joining.

Activate Autistic Community is a group recently set up for autistic people who don’t live in the Reading area, who would like to set up a peer support group. This group is currently closed to new members. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list please email us at info@autangel.org.uk to let us know.

Yoga – see above in Reading groups.

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Our Programme: Exploring Being Autistic

This ten week programme offers autistic adults the opportunity to explore how autism affects them, together with a group of peers. An important element of the programme is the chance for participants to share their responses to knowing or discovering they are autistic with peers, and have the space and support offered to process these responses.

You can see a detailed outline of the programme, read some FAQs and/or listen to and read feedback from some previous participants.

We have now run two iterations of Exploring Being Autistic as an online programme, in addition to a number of previous in person versions. The programme is funded by the Lottery Community Fund, so free to join, however we do accept donations from participants so we can expand our work. You can sign up to be on the list to join a future course.

We are delighted that the research paper about our Exploring Being Autistic programme has been published; it can be found online here. It was led by Dr Laura Crane, Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Education and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE).

Exploring Being Autistic is a very popular programme, so we operate a waiting list.

If you live in or around Reading, and would like to be added to the waiting list, please sign up here, and we will be in touch when a space becomes available.

If you live outside the Reading area, please sign up here for updates about when a course might become available.

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