ASK is a Charitable Trust for and by Autism or Asperger (AS) adults:
New Zealand / Aotearoa's first autism peer-support group.
Mission Statement: 'We offer support,
information and inspiration from the inside out.'
(NOTE: the ASK Lending Library is now open to all residents of New Zealand, Scroll down).
The name ASK, besides meaning Autism Spectrum Kiwis, reflects the growing recognition, internationally, of the importance and value of ASKing us: consulting AS individuals at all levels. See HERE for information on AS.
ASK Trust endeavours to foster:
acceptance of our unique AS
ways of helping AS adults live to our fullest
potential: for instance by using ourstrengths
to circumvent areas of difficulty, rather than trying to change who we are.
understanding of AS enlightened by ‘insider
ASK Trust offers:
for general public
and professionals: ‘insider’ perspectives through our own presentations and
workshops, links to the writing of adults on the spectrum, and our library comprising
a comprehensive selection of books for, about
and by AS adults, plus a range of other books of interest to AS adults,
families and professionals.
for members including peer-support meetings; subsidised (currently free) use of
our library, and workshops on common issues such as managing anxiety, stress,
and conflict. See HERE for
further information for members, and how to join.
This article recounts
the history of ASK, from its grassroots beginnings in the 1990s: