Autism Innovation Fund

The government has made £1.2 million of funding available to improve local autism services and increase awareness. The funding is available as part of Think Autism, the update to the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy for England. Read more »

Diversity Voice

The community website at includes an interactive forum for children and young people, teachers and parents. Read more »

Safe Places: Staying safe in your community

Safe Places is a community safety scheme in Somerset which aims to help vulnerable adults with learning disabilities deal with any situation that makes them feel scared, threatened, at risk or confused when they’re out in the community. Read more »

Do something amazing for autism

This video shows staff from the National Autistic Society having fun in their challenges to do something amazing for autism. Why not sign up to have an Amazing Day for Autism this year? Read more »

Push for Action Christmas update

Mark Lever, Chief Executive, National Autistic Society, provides a Christmas update on the Push for Action campaign and offers his gratitude for all the work that local people have contributed to make it such a success. Read more »

Autism friendly Cinderella in Exeter

Exeter Corn Exchange is hosting a ‘relaxed’ performance of Cinderella on Friday 3rd January 2014, making the pantomime more accessible to some people with autism and other additional needs. Read more »

Jenson pushes for action

Follow ‘Jenson’ the travelling Push For Action button on his journey across the country to raise awareness for the National Autistic Society campaign, Push For Action. Read more »

Local MP backs Time to Change campaign

Local MP Tessa Munt joined Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and the Care Minister Norman Lamb on World Mental Health Day last week to support Mind, the leading mental health charity’s ‘Time to Change’ campaign. Read more »

Five Ways to Wellbeing app

The Five Ways to Wellbeing app, developed by Somerset Public Health, helps people improve their well-being through everyday activities No rules, no regulations. Read more »

Autism Alliance

The Autism Alliance is the UK organisation for specialist autism charities which supports many thousands of adults and children with autism across the UK. Read more »

Autistic intelligence

Autistic intelligence is a loosely affiliated not-for-profit educational social enterprise comprised of worldwide experts in aspects of autism dedicated to a global recognition and accommodation of autistic intelligence. Read more »

R-word campaign

Over the next few months Mencap will be starting a new campaign which aims to stop people who use words like ‘retard’ in the media. Read more »

Autism Resolution

This resolution published by the World Health Organisation brings formal commitment to action on developmental disabilities by more than 50 countries Read more »

3D sensory newsletter

3D’s Sensory Newsletter covers topics such as play, support and training as well as accessible space for local carers and families affected by Autism. Read more »

Difference and acceptance

‘The Boy on the Edge’ play has been used in some counties as part of a specific training programme and awareness raising regarding attitudes towards and issues around autism. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This article explores current diagnostic criteria and prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders and stresses how important it is for primary care professionals to be familiar with this information. Read more »

Autistic specialist training course

Matt Trerise, a specialist trainer who has 10 years of experience in supporting people with autism. He offers a one day course aimed at professionals and carers supporting people with autistic spectrum conditions and aims to increase participants practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of autistic spectrum conditions. Read more »

Autism teacher vacancy in Yeovil

Somerset County Council in parternship with Preston Academy is to open a brand new autism base in the grounds of Preston Academy, where a full-time teacher in charge of the Autism base is being sought for September 2013. Read more »

Autism Film Club

View a selection of recent films about autism on your computer and screenings will be followed by a live online Q&A with the director of the film. Read more »

West End to stage first autism-friendly performance

Disney Theatrical Productions are “so proud to now be presenting the first dedicated autism friendly performance in the West End, enabling new audiences to enjoy the thrill of musical theatre.” They thank their creative staff, the National Autistic Society and the Ambassador Theatre Group, whose hard work and dedication helped make it all possible.” Read more »