On Saturday December 17 at 2pm AASCEND will have the yearly holiday party online via Zoom —our new tradition we still hope will someday become a fond memory! (Hope, hope! Unfortunately, Covid is still affecting some of our membership.)The Zoom link will be sent in an email to all newsletter subscribers a day before the party. There is no need to register.
The party will use Zoom breakout rooms, but first we will all meet in the “Main Room” or “Hub”, where a Welcome Party will continue throughout the day. We’ll all start there, and do a “holiday check-in” like our usual check-ins at AASCEND meetings, but with a focus on your holiday doings.
Next, the breakout rooms will be opened, and you get to choose which one you want to go to first. To see the list of breakout rooms when you are on Zoom you need to click or tap the icon of four little squares at the bottom of your screen. (If you don’t see it, then try putting the window in Full Screen mode.) Then click near the name of the room you want until the word “Join” appears. (You may have to move your mouse pointer to the right a bit to see the word “Join”.) Click that and in some seconds you’ll be in the room! You can move freely between breakout rooms, too.
After check-in, the Main Room will become a DISCUSSION ROOM, on Life with Autism, or on any subject of interest.
The breakout rooms so far are: Main Room Discussion, Whiteboard Games (back by popular demand!) and Quiet Meditation. Feel free to suggest another room!
There will also be “Spare Rooms”. Using the chat feature, people can arrange to meet each other in any unoccupied Spare Room (there will be a few of them) in order to have personal conversations.
At 3:15 in the Main Room there will be musical offerings by AASCEND members. Contact AASCEND (see below) if you want to sing or perform for 3 1/2 minutes or so at that time.
That’s about it! This worked well last year, and we expect it to go even better this year now that everybody really knows how to use Zoom. We invite you to dress up or decorate a little if you like. It should be a fun adventure, and remember that whatever happens AASCEND is very glad that you are here and wishes you the very best of holiday seasons!
Who: Adults on the autism spectrum, families, mentors and professionals all welcome. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Sat Dec 17, 2pm – 3:30pm (or later, depending on activity. We’re keeping it low-key this year.)
Where: Online via Zoom. URL and password will be emailed.