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The Gwynedd & Anglesey Asperger/Autism Support Group was established in May 2002 by parents of children diagnosed as having Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, such disorders will sometimes be referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Set up to provide parents and carers with a forum to discuss issues of concern within a confidential setting and to provide mutual support.

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) was first diagnosed some 50 years ago by a Viennese paediatrician, Hans Asperger, however his pioneering work did not receive recognition until the early 80’s.


What is Autism?

Autism was first diagnosed by Leo Kanner in 1943. He identified an unusual pattern of behaviour in a number of infants, which at the time he classed as ‘early infantile Autism’.


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Callum Completes His Thirteen 3000+ foot Peaks in Snowdonia Fundraiser

During a period of 3 days in early July Callum and Ross Gilroy scaled all
13 peaks in Snowdonia starting with Snowdon on Sunday and
continuing over the Elidirs and Carneddau. Thus far they have collected
£1845 towards the Youth Club activities. Well done both (and Dad!).
Photos shows all three arriving in Llanberis on a very wet and coldish
Sunday afternoon having climbed Snowdon.


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Callum’s Thirteen 3000 foot Peaks in Snowdonia Fundraiser

I am climbing the 13 highest peaks in Snowdonia for GAAASG because I want to help the GAAASG Youth Club. I have heard that the funding for the youth club has been cut back and I would like to raise as much as I can to help keep the youth club running.

The challenge I have set myself is to climb the thirteen highest mountains in Snowdonia. I will start from on 1 July in Llanberis and climb Snowdon and Crib Goch. Snowdon is 1085m high (or in old money 3560 feet). The following day I will walk over to Ogwen climbing Elider Fawr 924m (3030 feet),Y Garn 947m (3107 feet), Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach then Tryfan at 915m – just over 3000 feet at 3002! The next day I will be walking from Ogwen to Aber completing the rest ofg my challenge climbing Pen y Ole Wen, The Carneddau, Yr Elen, Foel Grach and Foel Fras.

I also have to do all the navigation and plan each walk. Part of the challenge is also to do all the map reading while my dad drives me to each starting point. My dad won’t be helping me with any of the navigation on the walks or map reading in the car but he will be there to support me and will be walking with me.

Please help achieve my goal of raising £2500 for the charity.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Here’s the address for Callum’s JustGiving donation page: https://www.justgiving.com/Callumgilroy1/

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Annual Conference 2014

This year’s conference held at Plas Menai on Friday 21st November, with an excellent lunch and very interesting and informative talks from the speakers, was attended by almost 50 people, including 23 members.

Mark Isherwood, Assembly Member for North Wales and Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Autism gave the opening address in which he talked about the work of the Cross-Party Group and its recent very well-attended meeting in Bangor, as well as touching on issues around delays in diagnosis and assessment, and the potential impacts of the removal of ring-fenced funding for spending on autism which had been worth £40,000 a year to each local authority in Wales. He stressed the importance of local groups like the Gwynedd and Anglesey Asperger/Autism Support Group in providing feedback about the real experiences of people with Asperger’s/autism to inform the work of the Cross-Party Group in the Assembly.

Dr Glenys Jones from the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham talked about the latest ideas in understanding and supporting children and adults with autism or Asperger syndrome, with examples from the work that she has done in developing resources for parents and schools, and the new diagnostic assessment service in the West Midlands. In the course of her talk, she highlighted a number of useful websites and other publications, many of which are listed in her presentation, available by clicking on the relevant link below.

Geoff Evans, Head of Autism Practice at the Options Group, gave a very lively talk on understanding and supporting meltdowns and shutdowns in children and adults with autism. He looked at the various contributory inputs and the way they build up, and considered a number of scenarios, as well as suggesting strategies to prevent meltdowns and shutdowns occurring. He explored strategies for managing and supporting at each stage, and illustrated his talk with a wide range of examples from his work. There was so much more he wanted to say, but we ran out of time, however, the slides from his full presentation are available by clicking on the relevant link below.

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Anglesey talk Dr G Jones

Mark Isherwood AM Keynote Speech

Our guest speakers

Dr Glenys Jones

Dr Glenys Jones eplains autism


Geoff Evans

Question from the audience

Geoff Evans responding to a question

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Brother and sister swim in Porthmadog to raise funds

At our monthly meeting on Tuesday night Shaynna Vidamour and her brother Keegen Vidamour were presented with certificates by the Vice Chairperson, Caren Williams, to show the Group’s appreciation for the massive task they took on to swim the equivalent of 25 miles at Porthmadog Leisure Centre over a period of 2 weeks. They were fundraising for 3 organisations, one of which being our Group, and they handed over £239.30 to the Group.
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Annual Conference 2014

Annual Conference 2014

Plas Menai, Griffiths Crossing, Friday 21 November

Guest Speakers:
– Mark Isherwood AM (Chair of Cross Party Autism Group)
– Dr Glenys Jones, Birmingham University
– Mr Geoff Evans, Options Group

Please can you confirm your attendance by returning the
slip on the flyer link, available here: Conference Flyer, and also indicate any access needs and dietary requirements (as a warm buffet will be provided in the lunch break) by 14 November.

A copy of the program can be downloaded here: Annual Conference Programme

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Three Peaks Fundraiser

Three Peaks Fundraiser

Callum Gilroy receiving Certificates of Achievement following his three peaks walks when he raised over £2,500 for the Group Youth Club.  

A Certificate was presented by Medwen Rowlands, Group Secretary on behalf of the Group and by Dr Gareth Harvey on behalf of the Mountaineering Organisation.
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Young siblings to tackle 25-mile swim for charity

11 September 2014

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A BROTHER and sister duo from Porthmadog will be attempting to complete a 25- mile swim to raise money for charities close to their heart.

Nine-year-old Shaynna and her seven-year-old brother Keegan Bi-damour will be completing the challenge over a two-week period at Porthmadog’s Glaslyn Leisure Centre. Their proud mother, Heather Godfrey, said they have both been looking forward to the challenge and are working hard to raise as much money as they can for their three charities — the Wales Air Ambulance, Dewi Ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Anglesey’s Asperger and Autism Support Group.

She said: “I am so proud of Shaynna and Keegan, it’s great to see two kids so young become so passionate about raising money for charity.

“They chose the charities themselves, they were keen to raise money for the Wales Air Ambulance as their grandfather was flown to hospital by them after he’d suffered a motorbike accident so they felt they wanted to thank them for saving him.

“They also met a little girl last year who was from Canada, they met her while playing outside in Porthmadog and she suffers from autism.”

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Bangor Rotary County Fair

The Group attended at the above event on Sunday 3rd August and set up a
‘Tombola’ stall where everyone who paid £1 received a prize. The group raised just over £200 with contributions. Some photos of the stall and helpers below.




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Callum’s Sponsored Mountain Climb

The Gwynedd and Anglesey Autism and Aspergers Support Group (http://www.asperger-autismsupport.org.uk/ ) is a registered charity who in particular run a youth club for children with Aspergers, Autism, Dyspraxia as well as summer activities. I understand that the charity was lottery funded but this was no longer available. There have been some fund raising events, however when Callum heard that the funding for the youth club was being cut he decided that he wanted to do something about it.

He thought up the Callenge of climbing the highest mountain in Scotland – Ben Nevis, England – Scafell and Wales – Snowdon – somewhat foolishly I said yes no problem I’ll help. Callum had to do all the navigating in the car and also out on the mountains. we decided on the dates on 2 July for Ben Nevis, 3 July for Scafell and 4 July for Snowdon – Ysgol Friars where Callum goes to school were very supportive allowing time off school to complete the challenge and his teachers have also helped by donating.

1 July – glorious summer weather on the drive up to Fort William from North Wales – included a stop for a swim in Loch Lomond. The enormity of the task hit home when we saw the bulk of Ben Nevis looming up behind Fort William.

2 July – the weather forecast said rain showers in the afternoon. We we up and walking by 8am in clear but cool weather. By the time we were half way up the wind had started and by the summit is was a true Scottish Gale. We made it up in 4 hours. The rain came early and for the last hour and a half on the way down it poured down. With the wind and the rain it was really tough going but there were no whinges or moans. Ben Nevis is 1344m high and the path up is around 5 miles each way

3 July – Wasdale Head in the Lake District was clear – some mist high up. A little later to start today – by 8.30 we had our dry mountain clothes on but our boots were still soaking wet. We decided to take the shortest way up – via a gully called Mickledor – very steep, very wet from the day before and quite narrow – a proper mountain scramble. We made the summit by 11.30 but both found the descent really hard work. The summit was in cloud so Callum’s first challenge was to use the compass and map to navigate off to find the right path. By 3pm we were back in the car heading south.

4 July – After a good nights sleep at home we woke to wind and rain. The forecast was very poor for the day with strengthening winds and heavier rain. I suggested to Callum that we throw the day away and tackle Snowdon the following day. He refused point blank – the challenge is 3 Peaks in 3 days – so offer we went in our ski gear. We started at 10.00 and the conditions were awful. By 1pm we had made the summit – unfortunately the Cafe was closed so we sheltered in the entrance to have something to eat. 3 care workers were up on the summit at the same time and when they heard what Callum was doing had a whip round and handed him some cash for the Charity. On the way down we helped 2 older couples who had come up the miners track and just wanted to get down but felt it too dangerous to go back over the col and down the miners track. We showed them the way down via the train track and Llanberis Path.

Callum has raised over £2000 so far for the charity (www.justgiving.com/callumgilroy ), but for me the most impressive thing to come out of those few days was Callum’s determination and enthusiasm. We really did get battered but each day he got up and carried on – there was no moaning or groaning but he did say as we walked in to Llanberis ‘I’m glad it’s over that was hard’ Our dog – Pippin retired to bed for 24 hours!







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Annual Sponsored Walk

Our Annual Sponsored Walk will take place on Sunday 20 July, 2014, commencing at 10.30am.  This year we will walk around Parc Menai/Vaynol Estate in Bangor.

A Sponsor Form can be downloaded HERE, please ensure it is fully completed with the sponsors’ details.
Let’s make the event a success and beat last year’s total of over £700.

Thank you,

Denni Turp
Gweithiwr Cefnogi/Support Worker

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Fund Raiser

Once again, Duncan Gilroy is organizing a fundraising event to raise money for the Group.  This will take place on the 2 July 2014 and they will climb the 3 highest peaks in Britain.  A JustGiving page has been opened by Duncan in the name of his son, Callum – www.justgiving.com/Callum-Gilroy.  Below is a sponsorship form if you do not want to donate online.

Click here for the: SPONSOR FORM

So far, I have not had much interest in the Summer Play Scheme and if you are interested please let me know asap as I shall be meeting the organizer this weekend.

Sunday 3 August 2014 – Bangor Rotary Charity Fair – Once again we have been invited to attend this event and this year it will be held at The Vaenol Estate, Bangor.

Could I please ask members contribute items for the stall.  It will be a Tombola Stall so we need a lot of items – unwanted presents etc.  Also, we shall need parents to man the stall for the whole day (rota).


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Annual General Meeting Thursday 1 May 2014 Plas Menai Water Sports Centre

Dear All.

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 1 May 2014 at Plas Menai Water Sports Centre, Griffiths Crossing, Nr Caernarfon at 6.30pm and I hope that all members will make every effort to attend. The Guest Speaker is Geoff Evans of The Options Group. Light refreshments will be served after the Guest Speaker’s talk and I would be obliged if you could let me know, no later than 25 April, so that the right amount of food can be ordered.

I would also like to remind Members that the Annual Subscription of £5.00. is now due and I would be obliged if you could bring your subs to the above meeting.

I am sending this e-mail via Alwyn as I am unable to send e-mails at the moment, but, hopefully, this should be sorted out very soon. However, I am able to receive e-mails.

Hope to see you all on the 1 May.

Many thanks.


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The Adult Social Group Bowling Tuesday 29 April 2014

The Adult Social Group will be bowling at the Llandudno Indoor Bowling Centre on Tuesday 29 April 2014.

Read More Here.

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24 Hour Ski Marathon Fund Raiser (With Pictures)

24 Hour Ski Marathon Fund Raiser in France

Parents and friends of members of our group took part in a ’24 Hour Ski Marathon’ fund raiser for the group.

Thank you to the below for your donations

Hogans – £500
Watkin Jones – £250
Anglesey Boat Trips – £250

Thank you Duncan, Mark and Simon, many thanks to you and your colleagues for your efforts to raise money for the Group.  It is very much appreciated.


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24 Hour Ski Challenge – Group Fundraiser

24 Hour Ski Challenge Fundraiser

Duncan Gilroy, a member of our Group, has kindly offered to raise money for the
Group by taking part in a 24 hour ski challenge in France on the 24 March 2014. He
has opened a fundraising page on JustGiving and to donate go
to http://www.justgiving.com/Duncan-Gilroy

This is not the first time that Duncan has given of his time for the Group as he took
the youngsters of the Youth Club on a speed boat trip on the Menai Straits during the

I hope that members of the Group, their families and supporters of Autism will show
their appreciation by donating online or by sponsorship form. Please follow the link
to access a Sponsorship Form.

I hope that members of the Group, their families and supporters of Autism will show
their appreciation by donating online or by sponsorship form. Please follow the link
to access a Sponsorship Form.

Click to Download: SPONSORSHIP FORM

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Adult Asperger’s Social Group



VENUE: The Greenhouse, 1 Trevelyan Terrace, High Street, Bangor, LL57 1AX

TIME & DATE: 7pm Tuesday 21 January 2014

ACTIVITY: Presentation by our friend and fellow member Mitch who will give a talk on his membership of Menai Bridge Band and his involvement with Morris Dancing.

Following mich’s talk we will retire to The Skerries for darts/pool etc.

Please let us know by e-mail:

Helen Jones – hensiop@hotmail.com,
Alwyn Rowlands – almed215@btinternet.com

Or ring us on:
Helen Jones – 01407 730032 Mob: 07736 106880
Alwyn Rowlands – 01248 364015 Mob: 07879 232458

Please confirm if you will be attending or if you have any questions.

Whilst we aim to have a Group Meeting monthly we may have to cancel due to illness etc. Members will be notified as soon as possible.

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Adult Asperger’s Social Group Photographic Competition

Adult Asperger’s Social Group Photographic Competition

Members of the Group took part in a competition suggested by themselves where Competitors were asked to submit photographs taken in 2013 under the following categories:

    (a) Best Nature photograph (includes flora and fauna)judged by
    (b) Best animal photograph
    (c) Best Landscape photograph

The photographs were judged by Denni Turp from Disability Arts Wales. The winner in each category were presented with a Voucher. The winners were:

Robert Mann.
Caira Fitzpatrick.
John Green.

The photographs are displayed on our website here

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NICE Guides




The Welsh Government have issued copies of the NICE guidelines for both children and adults with ASD. Please click onto the links.NICE_Guidelines_Adults_with_ASD (1)

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The Gwynedd & Anglsey Asperger/Autism Support Group have taken on the responsibility of running the above group following the ceasing of funding for the NAS.
The first meeting will be held on Monday 17 September 2012 with visit to Glasfryn Parc for tenpin bowling. The mini bus will leave Bangor Railway Station at 6.45pm to arrive by about 7.30pm.
Contact Helen or Alwyn tp let them know you are attending.

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