Connect with others

Connect with others

Social groups

We are delighted to introduce the TLBD Social Groups at The Little Black Duck Co. These groups are not your typical social skills classes; they are centred on genuine connection in an autistic-friendly environment. Our approach is informed by research led by autistic individuals, ensuring that our practices resonate with and accurately reflect the autistic experience.

Why Our Groups Stand Out:

Just Be Yourself: In our spaces, there is no need to mask or conform to non-autistic social norms. Here, being autistic is celebrated and understood, allowing you to express yourself in a way that feels natural to you.

Connecting on Common Ground: Enjoy the company of other autistic individuals. Find friendship, shared interests, and understanding without the usual social pressures.

Interest-Based Engagement: Our groups focus on shared interests, aligning with autistic preferences for deep, focused conversations and activities.

Supported by Research: Our practices are shaped by research led by autistic individuals, ensuring an approach that is both inclusive and affirming of autistic ways of being. This research helps us create environments that cater to autistic social styles and communication preferences.

Facilitators Who Understand: Our facilitators are not just knowledgeable about autism; they are guided by insights from autistic-led studies and perspectives, creating a supportive and inclusive atmosphere.

The Benefits of Joining:

Natural Social Experiences: Experience social interaction that is comfortable, pressure-free, and genuine.

Explore and Share in Safety: Delve into interests with others who share your enthusiasm in a setting where curiosity and passion are the norm.

Build Your Community: Beyond just a social group, it’s an opportunity to be part of a community where you can belong and contribute.

Join Us: If you are looking for a place where you can be unapologetically autistic, we would love for you to be part of our TLBD Social Groups. For more information about our groups and the research that shapes them, please visit us at It’s a space crafted for you, informed by research, and awaiting your unique contribution.

Register your interest in our groups