Autism Somerset

Autism Somerset e-bulletin February 2013

Dear member,

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

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Latest news

  • NAS launches black and ethnic minority campaign
    The National Autistic Society highlight the obstacles that often prevent people with autism from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds access the support and services they need. Read more »
  • Somerset Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
    The Somerset Joint Stratgic Needs Assessment (JSNA) describes the future health, care and wellbeing needs of the Somerset population and the strategic direction to meet those needs. Read more »
  • Short breaks for children
    The Somerset short breaks team offer an opportunity for children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers and provide a chance for parent / carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Read more »
  • Autism Wessex launch
    The Wessex Autistic Society has undertaken a comprehensive rebranding as Autism Wessex. Read more »
  • Carers involvement meetings
    Compass Carers are holding a series of consultation events to gather carers views on support and short break services in Somerset. 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 »
  • March’s Autism friendly film
    'TinkerBell and the Secret of the Wings' Monsters and 'Oz The Great and Powerful' are the two different Autism friendly films being hosted in March. Read more »
  • New swimming pool in Bridgwater
    Trinity Sport and Leisure’s new swimming pool in Bridgwater is expected to open in Spring 2013. Have your say on what sessions you want to see put in place for people with disabilities. Read more »
  • Adult safeguarding elearning
    The adult safeguarding elearning resource produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) demonstrates how safeguarding issues can develop and ways of dealing with them. Read more »
  • Carers views sought on the draft Care and Support Bill
    The Joint Committee on the draft Care and Support Bill has set up a web forum to hear the views of carers. Read more »
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    This article, published in the Journal Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 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 »
  • Estimating the prevalence of autism spectrum conditions in adults
    This report estimates the prevalence of autism in England and shows that adults with a more severe learning disability have a greater likelihood of having autism. Read more »

Forthcoming local events

  • Learning Disabilities Partnership Board - Yeovil - 27 March 2013
    Abbey Manor Business Centre, Yeovil - Read more »
  • The Boy at the Edge of the Room: A play about Difference and Acceptance. - 27 March 2013
    Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton. TA2 8PD - Read more »
  • Autism: Planning for Change - 9 April 2013
    BAWA Club, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG - Read more »
  • Carers' Infrastructure Day - FREE - 13 April 2013
    North Petherton Community Centre, Fore Street, North Petherton, TA6 6QA - Read more »
  • North Somerset Branch NAS: Parents and Professionals informal meetings - 25 April 2013
    Grace Room at Springboard 2a Princes Road Clevedon BS21 7SZ - Read more »

Forthcoming national events

  • National Autistic Society Professional Conference 2013 - 5 March 2013
    Harrogate - Read more »
  • Understanding behaviour - 11 March 2013
    Manchester - Read more »
  • What Housing Options? National Workshop - 25 March 2013
    Cardiff - Read more »
  • Autism trainer development - 25 March 2013
    Nottingham - Read more »
  • Make supported living work - 26 March 2013
    Exeter - Read more »
  • 12th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with Learning Disability - 4 April 2013
    Venue TBC - Read more »

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