Autism Somerset

Autism Somerset e-bulletin November 2012

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

  • National Autistic Society AGM and Family Day 2012
    The National Autistic Society (NAS) Annual General Meeting and family day, held on 24 November 2012 at the British Museum, gave people the chance to meet others and attend sessions organised on key issues relating to autism. Read more »
  • Somerset Parent Carer Forum
    Somerset Parent Carer Forum aims to make parent carer participation an integral part of local services, ensuring that there is involvement at all levels of decision making. Read more »
  • Music therapy and autistic spectrum conditions
    Therapy in the form of music can facilitate positive changes in the behaviour and well being of people on the autistic spectrum. A music therapist shares his experiences and talks about the benefits his profession can bring. Read more »
  • Holiday drop in and play sessions at the 3D Sensory Centre, Ilminster
    The 3D Sensory Centre in Ilminster provides opportunities to gain support and share experiences for families affected by autism. The centre are providing 'drop in and play sessions,' as well as other events over the winter holiday period. Read more »
  • December’s Autism Friendly Film
    December's Autism friendly film is 'Nativity 2 - Danger in the Manager' showing in cinemas throughout Somerset. Now twice a month at even more cinemas nationwide thanks to a new partnership with Cineworld. Read more »
  • Involving service users and carers – principles and standards
    Update on the progress of involving service users and carers in Somerset for adult social care with a principle and standards plan. Read more »
  • Winterbourne View, never again
    As care workers at Winterbourne View are given custodial sentences, Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation demand that such abuse must never happen again. Read more »
  • Whistleblowing helpline
    The whistleblowing helpline is an independent, confidential, free phone service for staff and organisations working within the NHS and social care sector. It is provided by Mencap and commissioned by the Department of Health. Read more »
  • Equally accessible?
    This briefing published by the NHS Confederation summarises a study, commissioned by the Mental Health Network and funded by the Department of Health, that highlights some of the innovations made in local mental health services in England. Read more »
  • Parents of autistic children: Carers’ assessment workers changes scare us
    BBC News Somerset political reporter, Danie Linsell, talks to parents of autistic children, who explain why carer's assessment workers changes scare them. Read more »

Forthcoming local events

  • Taunton Autism Group Christmas Lunch - 30 November 2012
    Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton - Read more »
  • Somerset Learning Disability Partnership Board - 5 December 2012
    The Williams Hall, Dark Lane, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton, Somerset TA3 6EU - Read more »
  • Considering Jobs & Careers for young people with Aspergers - 5 December 2012
    This half day workshop will be run twice on the day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon
    Freeways, Leigh Court Centre, Pill Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RO - Read more »
  • Supporting learners on the Autism Spectrum; accommodating individuals - 20 February 2013
    Bristol tbc - Read more »

Forthcoming national events

  • The King's Fund Annual Conference 2012 - 28 November 2012
    11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN - Read more »
  • The SPELL framework for intervention - 6 December 2012
    London - Read more »
  • What Housing Options? National Workshop - 11 December 2012
    Birmingham - Read more »
  • Socialeyes facilitator training - 28 December 2012
    Manchester - Read more »
  • Sensory considerations - 17 January 2013
    Cardiff - Read more »
  • What Housing Options? National Workshop - 22 January 2013
    Exeter - Read more »

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