People with hidden disabilities such as autism could be given blue badge parking permits in England under new government proposals.

According to the BBC today:

“People with hidden disabilities such as dementia and autism could be given blue badge parking permits in England under new government proposals.

The Department for Transport said that only some councils currently recognised hidden disabilities.

It said the proposed new policy was designed to provide “clear and consistent” guidelines.”

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Disability Sheffield Fundraising Gig this Saturday 20th January

Disability Sheffield invites you and your friends to an evening of guitar rock sensations, Millstone Grit, followed by the sublime and wonderful MeerCat Jazz band and last but not least the amazing drag artiste, Tia-Anna. And it’s happening THIS Saturday.

All this in just one evening for your pure entertainment and at a phenomenally low cost of £6/£5 per person too. All proceeds go to help keep going the vital services Disability Sheffield provides to support disabled people in Sheffield.

So have a great evening and know that by doing so you’re also supporting disabled people who might need Disability Sheffield services in the future too.  
Although spring is on its way – somewhere – January evenings are still dark, damp and cold. Why wait for the good times when you can have a happy boost this Saturday? Get your friends and colleagues together and join in the fun.

There’s a bar, LIVE MUSIC, dancing if you want to, the obligatory raffle (but ours is quite a good one!)

So the details are:

Pick ‘n’ Mix 2018
Saturday 20th January 2018
The Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD
7.30 pm – 11.30 pm
£6.00 (£5 concessions)


A special thank you to the Springvale pub from the Sheffield Autistic Society

We would like to say a massive thank you to the Springvale Pub at Commonside Sheffield 10 who have supported us so well  this year.  They held a fantastic fundraising evening which not only raised awareness about autism but the incredible sum of £300.   They have also held a toy collection to make sure our kids have a wonderful Xmas and raised a further £112 in the collection box. It’s acts of generosity like this that allows us to continue our charity in supporting children and adults with autism and their families and friends.

 Once again thank you to all the staff and customers at the Springvale for their generosity.

Sheffield Autism Partnership: An Update and an Invitation to Get Involved

This morning Frazer Kirk of Sheffield City Council, sent out a ‘progress report’ about the Sheffield Autism Partnership and Autism Partnership Board, and an invitation to become involved.  The Partnership and the Board urgently need more people and organisations to become involved if they are to be successful in their goal of improving services and support to autistic people and their families and carers in Sheffield.

The text of Frazer’s letter can be read here: Autism Partnership Update (Word format). There are 3 attachments which you can download:

Sheffield charity ends adult autism support service

According to the Sheffield Star (14th November) “A Sheffield charity service which provides support for autistic adults has ended resulting in impending job losses. Autism Plus, located on Bridge Street in Sheffield city centre, will no longer provide support for disabled adults at their homes due to ‘external funding pressures’.”

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment guidance updated

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment guidance has been updated in ways which may be of particular relevance to autistic claimants. See the statement below from the DWP:

Department for Work and Pensions and Penny Mordaunt MP
2 November 2017

The PIP guidance now reflects a recent legal decision on the interpretation of people’s needs for supervision in order to carry out activities safely.

This change will lead to approximately 10,000 claimants receiving an extra £70 to £90 a week by 2022/2023.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt, said:

“Personal Independence Payment (PIP) contributes to the additional costs which disabled people face and provides greater opportunities for them to lead full, active and independent lives. Twenty nine per cent of people on PIP receive the highest level of support, compared to 15 per cent under Disability Living Allowance.

We regularly review the guidance that case managers use to make decisions about someone’s eligibility for PIP. These updates will help us continue to ensure people with the highest costs associated with their disability or health condition are receiving the most support.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be going through all existing cases to identify anyone who may be entitled to a higher rate of PIP as a result of the judgment, which was handed down on 9 March 2017. Anyone who is affected will be contacted by DWP, and their payments will be backdated to the judgment.

In addition, a number of affected individuals will benefit from the following:

clarifications to the assessment criteria for activities 7 (communicating verbally) and 9 (engaging with people face to face) under the daily living component of PIP so that claimants can score points for both activities
changes to the criteria for activity 1 under the mobility component of PIP to reflect the challenges that may be faced by people with sensory difficulties if they experience disruptions to a journey”

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has made a written ministerial statement on the PIP changes.

Read the updated PIP assessment guidance

Autism Friendly Sessions offered at Magna Science Adventure Centre

On 1st and 4th November Magna Science Adventure Centre will be holding specialist autism friendly sessions. The organisation have provided us with the following  information:

“Magna Mayhem is Yorkshire’s largest indoor inflatable adventure zone for kids. Please see our website for photos and videos
There is no upper age limit for our Autism Friendly session, it is at the discretion of the supervising adult to deem suitability for your child/children. With the exception of the Ocean Playzone which is limited to under three year olds only. Please kindly note you are responsible for the care and safety of the children within your party at all times when attending Magna Mayhem. Our team members will be onsite to ensure the safety of the equipment, offer advice and monitor user numbers per piece.”

“On the day we will;

Provide a social story introduction to the session, clearly explaining what to expect and who to go to for help
Have quieter music with gentler beats/rhythm
Reduce the number of children on each inflatable at one time so as not to force interaction/social demands
Ensure all team members are fully briefed to accommodate the needs of the children
Have a clear countdown to the end of the session, both visual and audible, to avoid an abrupt ending
Light the room to avoid excessive dark areas and limit flashing lights
Have a number of additional sensory activities on offer.”