Autism Somerset

Autism Somerset e-bulletin January 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

  • Cuts will 'imprison' disabled at home
    The National Autistic Society and four other charities claimed there was a £1.2bn funding gap in social care support for disabled people under age of 65 and urged the government to guarantee vital support to end this crisis. Read more »
  • Inform campaign priorities
    The National Autistic Society are running a consultation on their campaigning priorities for the next year and they would really appreciate your feedback. Can you spare a few minutes to answer their short survey? Read more »
  • West End to stage first autism-friendly performance
    Disney Theatrical Productions will be presenting the first dedicated autism friendly performance in the West End, enabling new audiences to enjoy the thrill of musical theatre. Read more »
  • Autistic specialist training course
    Matt Trerise, a specialist trainer who has 10 years of experience in supporting people with autism, is offering a one day course aimed at professionals and carers supporting people with autistic spectrum conditions. Read more »
  • Parent carer alliance charter
    A newly formed association of parents, carers and friends of Learning Disability people living in the county of Somerset is to take all legitimate measures to ensure that Somerset County Council or any other caring body within the county performs its Statutory and Common Law Duties to people with Learning Disabilities and their carers within Somerset. Read more »
  • Future research priorities
    Research Autism and the Centre for Research in Autism would like your help to prioritise research. Can you spare a few minutes to answer their survey? Read more »
  • Health and social care champion
    Healthwatch Somerset will be your new consumer champion for health and social care from April 2013. It replaces the Somerset LINk and they would like to know what they have done for you, what you have done for them and how they could improve. Read more »
  • Compass Carers launch
    The official launch of Compass Carers will be the 4th February 2013, where all of the service will be in place. The service will support Carers, recognising the value and contribution they make to society offering individual support to enable them to maintain their caring role whilst having a life outside of caring. Read more »
  • February’s Autism Friendly Film
    Even more choice as Monsters Inc and Wreck it Ralph are the two different Autism Friendly films being hosted in February. Read more »
  • Autism teacher vacancy in Yeovil
    Somerset County Council in partnership 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 »

Forthcoming local events

  • Supporting the transition of students within the autism spectrum from school to post-16 education and into employment - 31 January 2013
    Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, Dorset. Read more »
  • The parent carer alliance Somerset: meeting - 18 February 2013
    Venue to be confirmed. Read more »
  • Supporting learners on the Autism Spectrum; accommodating individuals - 20 February 2013
    Bristol venue to be confirmed. Read more »
  • 'Changes to Adult Social Security Benefits' - information evening - 25 February 2013
    Concorde Room, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG. Read more »
  • Family rights training - 27 February 2013
    Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Hewish BS24 6AH. Read more »
  • North Somerset Branch NAS: Parents and Professionals informal meetings - 28 February 2013
    Grace Room at Springboard 2a Princes Road Clevedon BS21 7SZ. Read more »

Forthcoming national events

  • Understanding behaviour - 4 February 2013
    London venue to be confirmed. Read more »
  • Finished at School conference - 5 February 2013
    University of London: Birkbeck College, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. Read more »
  • Puberty, sex and relationships - 13 February 2013
    Online Question and Answer (Q&A) event. Read more »
  • What Housing Options? National Workshop - 16 February 2013
    London venue to be confirmed. Read more »
  • Autism trainer development - 19 February 2013
    London venue to be confirmed. Read more »
  • Sensory considerations - 21 February 2013
    London venue to be confirmed. Read more »
  • Supporting your child to socialise and make friends - 27 February 2013
    Online Question and Answer (Q&A) event. Read more »

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