Autism Somerset

Autism Somerset e-bulletin March 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

  • Autism Planning Group update
    The Autism Planning Group continues to work towards the first draft of a Somerset Autism Strategy which is expected to go out for consultation later this summer. Read more »
  • Consultation about Specialist Autism Teams
    The National Autistic Society is currently working with researchers at The University of York to determine the effectiveness of specialist teams in supporting adults with autism. Have your say by competing a short survey. Read more »
  • Review and consultation around services for those with a Learning Disability
    A major review and consultation around services for those with a Learning Disability / Learning Difficulty (LD), many of whom are affected by autism, is expected in Summer 2013. Read more »
  • Somerset Health and Social Care update
    We say goodbye to the Strategic Health Authority and Somerset Primary Care Trust and welcome GP led Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. Read more »
  • Goodbye to LINKs, Hello Somerset Health Watch
    We say goodbye to the Local Involvement Network – LINKs, representing people with an interest in health services and social care and welcome Somerset Health Watch, the new consumer champion for Somerset. Read more »
  • Autism in maturity project
    Autism in Maturity is a new National Autistic Society project to support adults with autism (including Asperger syndrome) as they move into middle and older age. Read more »
  • People with learning disability die earlier
    Bristol University research finds 22% of people with learning disabilities were under the age of 50 when they died. People with learning disabilities are more likely to have a premature death (dying 16 years earlier) compared with the general population. Read more »
  • Bring music into family life
    Kindermusik is for every child, offering a unique and level playing field where the whole family can interact, enjoy, play create and experience music together. Read more »
  • Local representative on NICE Quality Standard Advisory Committee
    Autism Somerset, founder Campbell Main, will be joining the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Quality Standard Advisory Committee (QSAC) as a specialist committee member for Autism. Read more »
  • Somerset Parent Carer Forum
    This Forum is for parent carers and carers of children who have additional needs and/or disabilities. The Forum will get your voice heard by the decision makers in the local authority. Read more »
  • Somerset Carers newsletter
    The spring newsletter contains details of dates and information provided by the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for supporting carers. Read more »
  • NAS accredit local school
    3 Dimensions is a small Independent special educational needs school based in Somerset that has been recently accredited by the National Autistic Society. Read more »
  • Award for specialist care home
    Holly Tree Cottage, a Somerset care home for people with autism, has won the Care Team Award in the Great South West Care Awards, 2012. Read more »

Forthcoming local events

  • Learning Disabilities Partnership Board - Yeovil - 27 March 2013
    Preston Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2EN - Read more »
  • All aboard the music train - 27 March 2013
    Avon Valley Railway, Bath Rd, Bristol, BS30 6HD - 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 »
  • All aboard the music train - 3 April 2013
    Avon Valley Railway, Bath Rd, Bristol, BS30 6HD - Read more »
  • Autism: Planning for Change - 9 April 2013
    BAWA Club, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG - Read more »
  • Celebrating Carers Event - 13 April 2013
    UWE Conference Centre, Bristol, BS34 8QZ - 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, Springboard, 2a Princes Road, Clevedon, BS21 7SZ - Read more »
  • Coffee morning in aid of Somerset Branch - 4 May 2013
    Foxes Hotel, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5QP - Read more »
  • Understanding and supporting challenging behaviour in people with autism - 16 May 2013
    Bristol Marriott Hotel, 2 Lower Castle St, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD - Read more »

Forthcoming national events

  • Make supported living work - 26 March 2013
    Exeter - Read more »
  • World Autism Awareness Day - 2 April 2013
    UK - Read more »
  • 12th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with Learning Disability - 4 April 2013
    Northumbria University, Newcastle - Read more »
  • Autism Conference SAAS 2013 - 13 May 2013
    Rodbaston Hall, South Staffordshire, Rodbaston Drive, Penkridge, ST19 5PH - Read more »
  • NICE Annual Conference 2013 - 14 May 2013
    ICC, Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EA - Read more »
  • Stress and autism: Combating stress, lightening the load - 14 May 2013
    Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BJ - Read more »

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