Autism Somerset e-bulletin May 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

  • Intelligence about autism in Somerset
    Somerset Intelligence have added a web page dedicated to Autistic Spectrum Disorders which contains useful facts and figures on ASD in Somerset and links to other sources of information. Read more »
  • Somerset: Our County – JSNA Summary 2013-14
    This publication provides a summary of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, and includes topical facts and figures and overview of the key issues currently facing Somerset and the longer term priorities agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board. Read more »
  • Protocol for the assessment and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Somerset
    This protocol aims to ensure consistency of assessment and diagnosis across Somerset in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. Read more »
  • SINePost e-bulletin, May 2014
    This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment summary report 2013/14, new data on levels of personal debt, and the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey: Illness and Disability. Read more »
  • Support local research into autism and caring
    Josie Steel, Clinical Psychologist in Training at the University of Bath, is seeking the views of people with Autism Spectrum Condition and their caregivers to inform research she is undertaking with with Rona Aldridge at the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service. Read more »
  • Support, Empower, Advocate, Promote
    SEAP (Support, Empower, Advocate, Promote) provide independent advocacy services to help resolve issues or concerns you may have about your health and well-being or your health and social care services. Read more »
  • In The Mix Youth Project
    In The Mix Youth Project is a local youth work provider based in Somerset providing informal youth work opportunities and experiences for young people. Read more »
  • Care Bill factsheets
    The Department of Health has published a range of factsheets will help professionals to better support people to get the care and support they need, following the changes introduced by the Care Bill, published in 2013. Read more »
  • Funds to help help disadvantaged young people
    The government has announced that it will make over £30 million available to improve the lives of Britain's most vulnerable young people through the Youth Engagement Fund and the Fair Chance Fund. Read more »
  • All aboard the Music Train
    The Music Train offers a train ride and live music both on the train and in the buffet or marquee afterwards. Read more »
  • June’s autism friendly films
    Maleficent, Postman Pat, Tarzan and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are the Autism Friendly films being shown in June at Cineworld, Odeon, Vue and Showcase cinemas. Read more »

Forthcoming LOCAL EVENTS

  • Safeguarding – dealing with the practicalities
    4 June 2014
    The Wyvern Club, Mountfields Road, Taunton TA1 3BJ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Volunteers Week Celebration Vivary Park
    4 June 2014
    Vivary Park, Mount Street, Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Social thinking, 3 Day Course with Michelle Garcia Winner
    9 June 2014
    The Grand Thistle Hotel, Broad St, Bristol, BS1 2EL
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Introduction to the Autistic Spectrum
    9 and 13 June 2014
    The Bay Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1NN
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Complex Needs and Activities course
    10 June and 1 July 2014
    Yeovil, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Managing Difficult Situations - A Workshop for Carers
    12 June 2014
    Foundation House, Wellsprings Rd, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 7PQ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Short Breaks Family Fun Day 2014
    12 July 2014
    Huish Episcopi Academy Sixth Form Centre, Wincanton Road, Langport, TA10 9SS
    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 and mental health
    17 June 2014
    Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Blackfriars St, Manchester M3 2EQ
    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
  • Autism spectrum, friendships and relationships
    28 June 2014
    The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism and Learning Disabilities: Lessons from Research, Policy and Practice
    1 July 2014
    Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Values Based Commissioning for Mental Health
    2 July 2014
    Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3BB‎
    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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