Support Group Meetings:
LAST can be contacted at LondonAutistics@gmail.com If you are Autistic, and want to get involved please e-mail us.
Currently we hold bi-weekly peer support meetings at Knollwood Public School. If you are in London, Ontario or area, please join us for snacks and a welcoming, safe, and understanding environment.
Our support group is open to all people on the Autism spectrum whether you have been able to access a formal diagnosis or not. Feel free to bring someone to support you.
The “What About Us” Neurodiversity Lending Library:
LAST has put together a library that is open on Monday nights at the same time as our support group meetings where members of the community can check out books, stim toys and other resources. Find out more Here.
LAST moderates a Facebook group (under the name London Autistics Standing Together) where autistic adults can connect on social media.
We also organize periodic social events, including bowling, and group movie nights. We are planning on expanding these events in the future.
Social events are posted to the Facebook group. Or you can e-mail LAST and ask to receive e-mails about upcoming events.
We also moderate OutLAST, a LGBTQIA+ support group on Facebook. This group will not come up in searches to protect the privacy of our members, particularly those who are not “out” publicly. Please contact us if you are in the London Ontario area and wish to be included in this group. OutLAST also holds monthly in-person potlucks. Please contact us if you wish t be informed of the dates and times of potlucks.
Disability Rights Advocacy:
In addition to our support group and social events, LAST organizes events geared towards disability rights, autism advocacy, and public education.
In March 2017 LAST, in partnership with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, organized the first vigil for the Disability Day of Mourning held in London Ontario. The DDOM vigils were first organized by ASAN to call attention to the deaths of disabled people at the hands of caregivers and family members, and to send a message that our lives as disabled people are worth living. It is a message that is important to our group. Even those of us who have not directly experienced abuse related to disability have been impacted by widespread stigma around autism. Negative attitudes put all of us at risk of discrimination and abusive behaviour, and negatively impact mental health in our community. We feel it is very important to counter stigma with a more positive narrative.
We are planning to continue Disability Rights advocacy in future events. Through ongoing advocacy LAST hopes to change the social perception of Autism and dispel negative stigma.