Autism Somerset

Autism Somerset e-bulletin August 2013

Dear colleague,

Please find below a digest of selected news headlines and forthcoming events from the Autism Somerset website at

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Latest news

  • Autism Strategy Review South West meeting
    As part of the Government's Review, Autism Plus, the Autism Alliance and the National Autistic Society, have been commissioned to carry out focus groups and meetings looking into different issues related to the Autism Strategy. A meeting in the South West is planned for 3 October 2013 in Bridgwater. Read more »
  • Bristol Autism Strategy launch event success
    There was a great turnout for the launch of the Bristol Autism Strategy which sets out ambitious committments to improve the lives and opportunities for adults and children with autism living in Bristol. Read more »
  • NICE quality standard on autism consultation
    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will launch a consultation on its draft quality standard on autism in children, young people and adults on 2 September 2013. Read more »
  • Plymouth University needs your help in understanding autism
    Plymouth University is seeking contributions from parents to a research project which aims to improve understanding, services and care for families of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Read more »
  • Free training for carers in Somerset
    Compass Carers is offering a free programme of training for carers living in Somerset starting in September 2013. Read more »
  • Petition challenges Work Capability Assessment
    Dick Ackworth has launched a petition to challenge the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for those with mental health issues. Read more »
  • NAS Out of School Club in Shepton Mallet seeks volunteers
    The new Out of School Club in Shepton Mallet, led by the National Autistic Society, will open at the end of September provising a fortnightly service for children and young people aged 8-18 years with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Read more »
  • Social Care Jargon Buster
    The Social Care Jargon Buster is a plain English guide to 52 of the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean. Read more »
  • 10 jargon phrases used for my autistic son
    Mark Neary appearing as a guest blogger on the BBC News website offers a personal insight into how the language of the social care system seems to make his life sound even less "normal" than it is. Read more »
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder quality standard
    This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 3 years and older, young people and adults. Read more »
  • Grow Your Tenner 2013 campaign, a website for small, local charities and community groups, has announced the Grow Your Tenner 2013 campaign, which aims to turn £500,000 from the Cabinet Office into over £1 million for grass roots charities across England. Read more »

Forthcoming local events

  • South Somerset Multi Agency Practitioner Forum
    5 September 2013
    The Academy, Level 4, Yeovil District Hospital, Higher Kingston, Yeovil, BA21 4AT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Carers in Control of their Support
    5 September 2013
    The Meadway Hall, Compton Dundon, Taunton, TA11 6PQ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Somerset VCS Forum
    5 September 2013
    The Volunteer Network, 9 Silver St, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8BS ‎
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Healthwatch Somerset launch
    9 September 2013
    The Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, TA1 1BA
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Somerset Community Foundation grant-making priorities workshop
    10 September 2013
    Venue TBC
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Disability Somerset
    11 September 2013
    Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, Market Way, North Petherton, TA6 6DF.
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Aspergers Syndrome
    17 September 2013
    South Somerset Mind, The Markwick Centre, Dampier Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4EN
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Learn about the Autistic Spectrum Condition
    26 September 2013
    The Bay Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1NN
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The Sensory World of Autism
    27 September 2013
    Learning and Research Centre, Southmead Hospital, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 5NB
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Sound Waves South West Music and Music Therapy Trust 5th. Music Therapy Conference
    29 September 2013
    The Falcon Hotel, Breakwater Road, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8SD
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism Strategy Review South West consultation event
    3 October 2013
    The Canalside, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6LQ ‎
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Safety for people on the Autistic Spectrum
    7 October 2013
    Rose Green Centre, 65 Gordon Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7DR
    Read more » | Map of venue

Forthcoming national events

  • Understanding behaviour
    4 September 2013
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Supporting individuals with an ASD into sustainable employment
    10 September 2013
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Public Health: Working together to improve outcomes
    2 October 2013
    The Barbican, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • HQIP Conference 2013: Ensuring safety, driving improvement
    14 October 2013
    East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Caring for the Younger Generation: Delivering Outcomes, Supporting Lives
    24 October 2013
    Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Action on Disability 2013 – Fulfilling Potential, Supporting Independence
    12 November 2013
    Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB
    Read more » | Map of venue

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