Autism Somerset e-bulletin March 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

  • Help shape Somerset’s Autism Strategy
    Somerset County Council have asked Compass Disability Services to give young people with autism a chance to have their say on their experiences to inform Somerset’s Autism Strategy Read more »
  • Somerset joint strategy for mental health and emotional wellbeing
    This strategy which is open for consultation sets out a plan for the future development of mental health services in Somerset. Please let Health and Social Care commissioners know your views before 11 April 2014 when the consultation closes. Read more »
  • Think Autism – adult autism strategy launch
    The Government are launching the new autism strategy 'Think Autism - Updating Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives, the strategy for adults with autism in England' on 2nd April, World Autism Awareness Day. Read more »
  • Parliamentary debate about the Autism Strategy
    An important debate about the Autism Strategy took place in Westminster on Wednesday 5th March as the Government finalised the Adult Autism Strategy. Read transcipts and commentary on the debate. Read more »
  • Dr Carole Buckley appointed Clinical Champion for Autism
    The Royal College of General Practitioners have appointed Dr Carole Buckley, a GP with a clinical practice in Bristol and mother to a son with autism, as their Clinical Champion for Autism. Read more »
  • Safe Places: Staying safe in your community
    Safe Places is a community safety scheme in Somerset which aims to help vulnerable adults with learning disabilities deal with any situation that makes them feel scared, threatened, at risk or confused when they’re out in the community. Read more »
  • Unit project
    Unit is a new monthly project led by sudents at the University of the West of England bringing young people with autism aged 14-18 together to participate in cheap, relaxed and informal activities. Read more »
  • Supported living flats
    South West Independence, a residential care service, are now taking referrals for people seeking accommodation within 10 flats in Sedgemoor for adults with Autism, Learning Disabilities, mild Mental Health issues and Physical Disabilities. Read more »
  • Help explain why people with autism may need companions
    The National Autistic Society is looking to collect stories to help let the Department for Work and Pensions know why people with autism may need companions during work capability assessment. Read more »
  • Do something amazing for autism
    This video shows staff from the National Autistic Society having fun in their challenges to do something amazing for autism. Why not sign up to have an Amazing Day for Autism this year? Read more »
  • Autism Professional Awards 2014 winners
    Over 300 guests attended the 2014 Autism Professional Awards hosted by the National Autistic Society (NAS) to celebrate the wonderful work of the 9 Award winners and 27 shortlisted entrants. Read more »
  • Adult Learners’ Week 2014
    Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of lifelong learning, encompassing the Adult Learners’ Week awards, “have a go” taster events, parliamentary reception, and other activities such as a national policy conference. Read more »
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005: post-legislative scrutiny
    This report published by a House of Lords Committee highlights that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is not widely implemented and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are not fit for purpose. Read more »
  • April’s autism friendly films
    ‘Rio 2’, ‘Moshi Monsters’ and 'Muppets Most Wanted' are the Autism Friendly films being shown in April at Cineworld, Odeon, Vue and Showcase cinemas. Read more »

Forthcoming LOCAL EVENTS

  • World Autism Awareness Day Bristol
    2 April 2014
    College Green, Bristol, BS1
    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
  • Cricket coaching for people with physical or learning disabilities
    5/12 April 2014
    Centre of Excellence, Taunton Cricket Ground, Saint James Street, Taunton, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Sensory Processing Challenges in Everyday Life
    9 April 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • South Somerset Multi Agency Practitioner Forum
    28 April 2014
    The Town House, 19 Union Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PQ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Compass Carers Conference
    1 May 2014
    Canalside Conference Venue, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6LQ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Inclusive Communication Environments (ICE) Induction
    13 May 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT
    Read more » | Map of venue


  • Think Autism - adult autism strategy launch
    2 April 2014
    Allianz Park Stadium, Greenlands Lane, London, NW4 1RL
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Being My Autistic Self By Robyn Steward
    3 April 2014
    The Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN
    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
  • The Autism Expo
    24 April 2014
    Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism Show 2014, London
    13-14 June 2014
    ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock 1, Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism Show 2014, Manchester
    27-28 June 2014
    EventCity, Phoenix Way, Barton Dock Rd, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB
    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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