We are a voluntary group of parents established in 2000, to offer information and support to adults with Asperger’s Syndrome* and their families and carers in the Sheffield City Region. We also work with other groups to seek improved services in Sheffield and the area for autistic adults.

Currently our main energy is focussed on supporting autistic adults through our Social Group the A Team which has over 150 members and which has continued to operate during the pandemic.

What else do we do?

  1. We run a quarterly Parent Support and Action Group
  2. We meet individual parents/carers to offer support and provide advice – contact Judith Birkett (judithbirkett@gmail.com) to arrange this.
  3. We have a mailing list of 100 families. Join SAPAG to be added to the mailing list.
  4. We run the A Team Social Group for adults on the spectrum. This offers a range of social activities through the year.
  5. We raise money which we use to subsidise the cost of running both the Parent Support Group and the A Team Social Group. Donate to SAPAG.

SAPAG is run by an Organising Committee and has a constitution.

The current Committee

Chair                    Judith Birkett (judithbirkett@gmail.com)

Treasurer             Lesley Statham   (lesleyjudge55@hotmail.com) 

Secretary             Julie Laing  (Jlaing57@hotmail.co.uk)

A Team                Sylvia Johnson  (s.m.johnson@shu.ac.uk)

Snooker              Jackie Wheeler  (jackiewheeler56@hotmail.co.uk), ,

                            Carolyn Bealby (cbealby@blueyonder.co.uk)

                            Sue Porton (sue.porton@talktalk.net)

We have links with The Sheffield Autistic Society and we attend the Sheffield Adult Autism Partnership Board. You can find information about these groups on the Sheffield Autistic Society Website. We also have links with ACCT which supports children (5-12) and Teenagers (13-19) with Aspergers and their families in Sheffield.

SAPAG has started to create a range of publications for sale. A list of these which you might be interested in is found on the Publications page.


*Current diagnostic criteria no longer refer to Asperger’s Syndrome but simply Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Consequently we now advertise that we support autistic adults  who do not also have Learning Difficulties ( defined as IQ < 70) and their families and carers