Who we are
We are a group of Portland area adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) who wished to form their own support group. We range in age from the mid-twenties to 84. Although we started off with just one facilitator, we now have four co-facilitators.
How we operate
We hold monthly meetings in Southeast Portland. Here is the Calendar 2014-2015 topics and activities. Individuals wishing further directions and details, should contact Roger Meyer, the moderator, at 503.666.2776.
Our format allows for topical discussion and panel presentations based on polling of members’ interests at the beginning of the year. At that time, we map out our calendar of discussions, trainings, presentations, and activities for the next twelve months. We have held picnics and outings to places of special interest. Depending on member interest and numbers, our facilitators can also lead smaller discussion groups.
We are self-governing and self-supporting. We set our own agendas, maintain our own communications, and run our own meetings and events. The meeting place is a safe environment. We do not allow threatening or intimidating behavior.
We deal immediately with any conflict or misunderstandings as they arise. No unresolved issues should remain by the end of the meeting. In case of major disagreement, we can offer private mediation.
We operate by consensus and rules of common courtesy. While we are mindful of those who aren’t in attendance at a given meeting, people attending make decisions for the group.
Meetings are open only to adults who have a medical or self-diagnosis (peer confirmed) of Asperger Syndrome.
We encourage adults wishing to join the group to contact the moderator for an orientation prior to their first meeting. For new members, we have individual folders containing information and handouts already shared with current members.
There is no charge for group membership, but we do have expenses. While members are free to donate towards these expenses, a contribution of money or in-kind work is not a condition of membership.
The primary source for further information about the group is Roger Meyer, the founder and primary moderator of the group. Roger can be contacted at:
Roger N. Meyer