Autism Somerset e-bulletin December 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 Somerset Christmas message
    Autism Somerset wishes you every happiness over the Christmas period and looks forward to working with you all over the year ahead. Here we profile some of the local people changes across health and social care during 2013. Read more »
  • Have your say on the needs of Somerset children and young people with autism
    Somerset County Council plans to launch a survey in the New Year to identify the needs of children and young people with an autism spectrum condition. 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 »
  • Improving the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Responses to the recent Autism Diagnosis Survey in the UK highlight the need for improvements in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders within the NHS. Read more »
  • Autism: Receiving and understanding a diagnosis
    Receiving a diagnosis of autism can be difficult and confusing for young people and their families. In this DVD, produced by the Autism Education Trust (AET), a group of young people on the autism spectrum share their experiences of receiving a diagnosis. Read more »
  • Parent to Parent service
    The Parent to Parent service provided by the National Autistic Society is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing emotional support to parents and carers of children or adults with autism. Read more »
  • Passport to individual autism support
    The Passport to individual autism support is a simple, at a glance document which explains the communication, sensory and support needs of adults who find it difficult to explain their needs when in stressful situations, such as meetings and interviews. Read more »
  • Somerset Council support for Mendip School
    In a recent statement Somerset County Council have welcomed the proposal to create a new special school for children with autism and language and communication difficulties as a much needed addition to the existing provision. Read more »
  • Schools Report 2013
    This report published by Ambitious about Autism brings together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2013. Read more »
  • Winterbourne View: transforming care one year on
    This report published by the Department of Health provides a review of progress in improving the quality of care for vulnerable people, following abuse of residents at Winterbourne View hospital. Read more »
  • Young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing survey
    UK Youth is conducting a national survey of youth workers to complement other existing research on mental health. Read more »
  • Overlooked and forgotten
    This report explores how well children and young people’s mental health is prioritised in the current commissioning landscape and offers support and recommendations to health and wellbeing boards on how they can prioritise and address children and young people’s mental health. 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 »
  • January’s autism friendly films
    ‘‘Frozen’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’ and 'Walking with Dinosaurs' are the Autism Friendly films being shown in January. Read more »

Forthcoming events

  • Autistic Intelligence conference 2014
    6 January 2014
    Auden Rooms, Hotel La Tour, Birmingham, B5 5JE
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Online autism conference with Judith Gould
    9 January 2014
    AWARES Conference Centre,
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Transitions for Children and Young People with Autism conference 2014
    16 January 2014
    Holiday Inn, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EW
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The Autism Spectrum, Challenging Behaviour, Communication and Sensory Issues
    25 January 2014
    Thames Hall, The Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
    31 January 2014
    The Markwick Centre, Dampier St, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4EN ‎
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • National Autistic Society Professional Conference 2014
    4 March 2014
    Harrogate International Centre, King's Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LA
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism in Women and Girls: reassessing the landscape
    6 March 2014
    Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Social Care 2014: Care for All
    19 March 2014
    The Brewery conference centre, 52 Chiswell St, London, EC1Y 4SD ‎
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The 13th international conference on offenders with intellectual and developmental disability
    10 April 2014
    Northumbria University, Newcastle City Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Attwood and Garnett on Asperger’s and Autism
    24 April 2014
    Thames Hall, The Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES
    Read more » | Map of venue

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