ASPIE is a social, support and therapy group for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They provide a centre in Worcester where people with the disorder can feel welcome and accepted. The name, ASPIE, is a term used by members of the group themselves derived from Asperger’s Syndrome.
They invite and encourage members to engage in various discussions, games, workshops, quizzes and other activities, with room for patrons to simply relax without pressure if this is what they’d prefer.
The Prime Foundation funded the replacement of a broken pool table for their hub, reinstating an activity enjoyed by patrons.
“Asperger adults are not usually comfortable in social situations but happy at ASPIE because its their place. The grant was appreciated as the pool table is a great ice breaker for new people not comfortable in joining in with what’s going on. They can play pool without making eye contact or speaking until they feel relaxed enough to do so. ”
Julia Micklewright, Founder of ASPIE