Autism Somerset

Autism Somerset e-bulletin May 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

  • Push For Action
    The National Autistic Society campaign,'Push for Action', will involve campaigners at a local and national level to call for accelerated delivery and improved local implementation of the adult autism strategy to ensure adults with autism get the support they need. Read more »
  • Local progress in implementing the adult autism strategy
    The National Autistic Society have developed an online tool so you can see how your local authoritiy reports on the actions they have taken on the implementation of the adult autism stategy. Read more »
  • Autism – management of autism in children and young people
    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidelines on ‘The management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum’. Read more »
  • Asperger’s redefined
    Previously recognised subcategories of autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome, are omitted as separate categories from the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) of Mental Disorders. Read more »
  • Changing roles for Somerset people
    Autism Somerset, bids farewell to many supporters in Health and Social Care as they move on and wishes them and their successors well. Read more »
  • Weston College opens new £1.5m autism centre
    Weston Bay, a new and bespoke residential training facility for people on the autism spectrum has now been opened by Weston College, the first of its kind in the UK. Read more »
  • Somerset user carer involvement programme
    The User Carer programme was set up to improve the way Somerset County Council involves service users and carers in its Adult Social Care services. Read more »
  • Getting the support you want?
    Fancy a coffee and a chat to find out how a Person Centred Plan could help you and the person you care for? If so, come along to one of Somerset County Council's events. Read more »
  • NAS Avon Newsletter
    The National Autistic Society Avon branch newsletter includes information for parents and carers of adults with Autism / Asperger Syndrome. Find out about special events organised such as a train rides with live music. Read more »
  • Somerset Total Communication Newsletter
    Somerset Total Communication have recently published their Summer 2013 Newsletter that includes details of what's on and networking dates for 2013. Read more »
  • Second National Personal Budget Survey
    This report highlights the findings of the Second National Personal Budget Survey into the impact of personal budgets in most people's lives. Read more »
  • Autism Research to improve employment outcomes
    The access project aims to improve employment outcomes for people with autism. Autism Research are working with employers, people with autism and the National Autistic Society’s Prospects service to develop this project. Read more »
  • Self injury project
    A team of researchers from the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham conducted a survey of parents and carers of people with autism and learning disabilities in order to find out more about self-injury. Read more »

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