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How does ASGMA help?

Can we help you?

ASGMA provides a range of services to support individuals, their families and carers:

If you would like more information on our work and what we can do for you or if you are interested in becoming a member, then please contact the Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area at:

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Telephone and e-mail Information and Support Lines Online Parent and Carers Resource Pack Parent and Carer Support Groups Speakers Meetings Members Newsletters Training and Awareness Events Autism Resource Library

Aspirations Project – providing a wide range of social and leisure opportunities and support for people with Asperger syndrome and Higher Functioning Autism, aged 10 years and above. With Youth Clubs and discussion groups and activities including computing, art, music, sport, entertainment, pub nights (for the over 18’s) and trips out, the Aspirations Project provides something for everybody. With individual support available from the trained staff, all members can have some fun, and at the same time develop their social and communication skills. Life Skills Project - offering practical training, support and social activities to people aged 16 years and above who have been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition, and who can cope in small group situations. Working with each individual, we develop their own Person Centred Plan, from which we will create a personalised programme of training and activities to help achieve their specific goals. The programmes are all designed to give them the skills and confidence they need to lead a more independent life whilst at the same time providing activities for them to enjoy.

ASGMA 1114 Chester Road Stretford Manchester M32 0HL Tel: 0161 866 8483 E-mail: Website:

Can you help us? • Do you have the skills, expertise, experience or knowledge, which may be helpful to our charity? • Would you like to work as a volunteer? • Could you help with fundraising? • Could you support people affected by Autism in Greater Manchester by making a donation? We can take donations on-line at If you think you can help in any way, please contact us at the above address.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Autism Information Family Support Service (AIS) providing information, advice and signposting to parents and carers by telephone, post and internet:

One-off Projects – ranging from family trips to individual training courses to help people with autism to travel independently by public transport.

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What is Autism?

Autism takes on many different forms.

Autism is a complex life long disability which disrupts the development of social communication, social interaction and limits a person’s imaginative thinking. In addition, repetitive behaviour patterns and a resistance to changes in routine are also notable features.

Here are some of the ways in which autism can be displayed.

It occurs in varying degrees of severity and the term autistic spectrum condition (ASC) is often used to describe the whole range including Asperger syndrome. If you have an autistic spectrum condition you cannot tune in to other people and their feelings, or have any idea what they expect from you. Because of this, people with an ASC can become very stressed, frightened, isolated and frustrated. That is why there needs to be specialist services to help both the person with an autistic spectrum condition and their family.

Who can help? If you have any concerns, start by talking to your doctor or health visitor, or to the teachers at school and ask for a referral to see a specialist. This could be a community paediatrician or an educational psychologist. They will be able to give you advice about what to do and where to get help.

Displays indifference.

Indicates needs by using an adult’s hand.

Talks incessantly about only one topic.

• Difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication Echolalia - copies words.

• Difficulty in the development of play and imagination

Bizarre behaviour.

• Resistance to change in routine Inappropriate laughing or giggling.

Poor eye contact.

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Does not play appropriately with other children.

One-sided interaction.

• Difficulty with social relationships

How can ASGMA help? The Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area (ASGMA) is a voluntary organisation that was set up in 1968 by parents to support parents. It now provides support, information and services to people with an autistic spectrum condition and their families.

Joins in only if an adult insists and assists.

Lack of creative play, may stack or line things up.

Insists on the familiar ‘variety’ is not the spice of life.

Handles or spins objects.

Can do some things very well or quickly but not tasks involving social understanding.

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ASGMA Introduction  

An introduction to ASGMA and its services