Autism Somerset e-bulletin January 2014

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

  • Have your say on the needs of Somerset children and young people with autism
    Somerset County Council have extended the consultation on needs for children and young people with autism and/or communication needs until the 14th February 2014. Read more »
  • Somerset joint strategy for mental health and emotional wellbeing
    This draft strategy which is open for consultation sets out a plan for the future development of mental health services in Somerset. Read more »
  • NICE Quality Standard QS51: Autism
    This document published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) outlines quality standards for health and social care services on the diagnosis and management of autism in children, young people and adults. Read more »
  • Judges rule benefit process is unfair for people with autism
    The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling which found that the process used to decide whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) disadvantages people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health problems. Read more »
  • Volunteering Opportunity in North Somerset
    Friend Mental Health Support Service are working with Kewstoke Community Farm to offer volunteering opportunties to people in North Somerset. Read more »
  • Finding work
    This is a job searching and work preparation handbook for employment professionals and people with autism, including Asperger syndrome. Read more »
  • Ask autism online training
    The Ask autism online training suite published by the National Autistic Society has been developed and delivered by people on the autism spectrum. It provides an ‘insiders’ perspective of autism to give you a unique understanding of how people on the autism spectrum would like to be understood and supported. Read more »
  • Autism in Pink
    Autism in Pink is a European research project exploring the prevalence of autism amongst women in four participating countries. Th project aims to assess the competences and needs of women with autism, in order to provide support and education both… Read more »
  • The Cameron Trust
    The Cameron Trust is a charity that provides and manages housing for disabled people, ensuring that disabled people have more choice in where and how they live. Read more »
  • February’s autism friendly films
    ‘Mr Peabody and Sherman’ and ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ are the Autism Friendly films being shown in February at Cineworld, Odeon, Vue and Showcase cinemas. Read more »
  • NHS Change Day 2014
    NHS Change Day is a frontline led movement to inspire and mobilise people everywhere, staff, patients and the public to do something better together to improve care for people. Read more »
  • Key facts and trends in mental health
    This factsheet produced by the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network presents the key figures and statistics in mental health, and an overview of the major trends and challenges facing mental health services. Read more »
  • A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of mental health services
    This report outlines changes in the way the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulate, inspect, and monitor specialist mental health services. Read more »
  • Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes
    This report explores proposals to improve employment and health outcomes for people with common mental health problems. Read more »

Forthcoming LOCAL EVENTS

  • Cricket coaching for people with physical or learning disabilities
    1/15 February, 1/15 March, 5/12 April 2014
    Centre of Excellence, Taunton Cricket Ground, Saint James Street, Taunton, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Public consultation on the new Somerset Mental Health Strategy
    3 February 2014
    The Albemale Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1BA
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Managing Difficult Situations - A Workshop for Carers
    12 February 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT ‎
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Living With Asperger’s awareness seminar
    26 February 2014
    43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 0AX
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Implications of the Children and Families Bill
    27 February 2014
    Taunton, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Big bounce for autism 2014
    9 March 2014
    The Redwood Hotel & Country Club, Beggar Bush Lane, Failand, Bristol, BS8 3TG
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Somerset Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
    13 March 2014
    The Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6EU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Managing Difficult Situations - A Workshop for Carers
    2 April 2014
    Holly Court, Summerlands Hospital, Preston Rd, Yeovil, Somerset,BA20 2BX
    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
  • Improving autism care and delivering the revised national strategy
    15 July 2014
    Central London
    Read more » | Map of venue

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