Connecting and communicating just got a whole lot better for young people on the Autism Spectrum with the recent launch of the Different Journeys website https://differentjourneysasd.com/ which was developed with the support of the Footmen Foundation.
Recognising the lack of suitable social situations available for their own teenage children, parents Mel and Merrin decided to take matters into their own hands and set up a social group for high functioning ASD teenagers, they called Different Journeys. Stephen Shore coined the phrase, “If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism”. Different Journeys is reflective of this because each and everyone’s journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is different. No two journeys are the same because no one individual is the same.
Club Kilsyth was eager to be involved in the venture and their private function Canterbury Room has become the regular venue for the teenagers to socialise, dine, play games (free WiFi is available) and share their common interests every third Sunday of each month.
Different Journeys has now expanded to include an 18+ group who meet on the second Tuesday each month at the same location. As with the teenagers, it’s a great opportunity to get together over a meal with other like -minded people. The bringing of ipads and similar devices is welcomed and WiFi is available so the young adults can play games and share the latest info.
And of course the regular Kahoots quiz at both events is always very popular.
Different Journeys mission is ‘to empower young people with ASD by providing them with a social platform that fosters an environment for them to create positive connections, feeling of inclusion, and linking families with services and support!’
Different Journeys is run under the auspices of Interchange Outer East.
Check out their new website to find out more about what they do and how to be involved https://differentjourneysasd.com/