Autism Somerset e-bulletin November 2013

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

  • Somerset Asperger team gains new recruit
    The Asperger Specialist team at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to welcome Cenia Bahnsen, an Assistant Psychologist who will be working alongside Clinical Psychologist Jonathan Sharp. Read more »
  • Managers matter
    Over two hundred people attended a recent seminar hosted by the Registered Care Providers Association (RCPA) Ltd., a member’s organisation whose role is to assist proprietors, managers and employees of all care provider organisations within Somerset. Read more »
  • Passport to individual autism support
    The Passport to individual autism support is a simple, at a glance document which explains the communication, sensory and support needs of adults who find it difficult to explain their needs when in stressful situations, such as meetings and interviews. Read more »
  • Ask autism online training
    The Ask autism online training suite published by the National Autistic Society has been developed and delivered by people on the autism spectrum. It provides an ‘insiders’ perspective of autism to give you a unique understanding of how people on the autism spectrum would like to be understood and supported. Read more »
  • The cost-benefits of early investment
    This presentation by Sarah Lambert, Head of Policy, The National Autistic Society outlines the cost-benefits of preventative support for people with autism. Read more »
  • Getting on? Growing older with autism
    This report sets out the challenges facing people with autism in older age – as related by them and the people who support them. It also makes recommendations on how central and local government can help to meet these challenges to make sure all older adults with autism can live the life they choose. Read more »
  • Jenson pushes for action
    Follow ‘Jenson’ the travelling Push For Action button on his journey across the country to raise awareness for the National Autistic Society campaign, Push For Action. Read more »
  • Get involved in the Autism and participation conference
    The National Autistic Society is inviting people on the autism spectrum to submit an abstract regarding a proposed presentation or workshop for the upcoming Autism and participation conference on 28 January 2014 in London. Read more »
  • GPs to make autism a clinical priority
    The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have announced that autism will be a clinical priority for 2014-17 across the United Kingdom. Read more »
  • Autism friendly Cinderella in Exeter
    Exeter Corn Exchange is hosting a 'relaxed' performance of Cinderella on Friday 3rd January 2014, making the pantomime more accessible to some people with autism and other additional needs. Read more »
  • December’s autism friendly films
    'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2', 'Frozen' and 'Rise of the Guardians' are the Autism Friendly films being shown in December. Read more »

Forthcoming local events

  • Introduction to the Autistic Spectrum
    2 December 2013
    The Bay Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1NN
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Developing services locally for adults with autism spectrum conditions
    10 December 2013
    Winter Gardens Pavillion, Royal Parade, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1AJ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Collaborative Solutions Exploring pathways for children and young people
    10 December 2013
    St. George’s Wilton Church Hall Fons George, Taunton, TA1 3JT
    Read more » | Map of venue

Forthcoming national events

  • Autism Plus: Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in autism
    4 December 2013
    Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism in Education: Good practice in working with students with autism
    12 December 2013
    Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autistic Intelligence conference 2014
    6 January 2014
    Auden Rooms, Hotel La Tour, Birmingham, B5 5JE
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Online autism conference with Judith Gould
    9 January 2014
    AWARES Conference Centre,
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Transitions for Children and Young People with Autism conference 2014
    16 January 2014
    Holiday Inn, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EW
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The Autism Spectrum, Challenging Behaviour, Communication and Sensory Issues
    25 January 2014
    Thames Hall, The Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES
    Read more » | Map of venue

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