Bohm Dialogue – for Professionals and Students in Autism.
Sep 21st 2017. 1pm – 5pm 38 Mappin St, Sheffield, S1 4DT.
Free upon registration / Refreshments provided.
See poster for this event here.
Bohm Dialogue, (named after David Bohm) is a free exchange of ideas and information without an agenda and provides the opportunity to examine preconceptions and prejudices among peers by open conversation with active listening.
There is an increasingly wide range of definitions, criteria and ideas around Autism Spectrum Conditions, some changing regularly, some driven by factors such as culture. It is our objective to facilitate a Dialogue between professionals and students and support a greater common and more dynamic understanding. This one-off Dialogue, part of a British Academy funded project for ShARL, precedes a major programme due to commence in early 2018. Future Dialogue sessions will involve autistic and non-autistic people from different cultures and sectors of society, and autistic people exclusively, and aims to increase common understanding and improve lives of autistic people.
“…it may turn out that such a form of free exchange of ideas and information is of fundamental relevance for transforming culture and freeing it of destructive misinformation so that creativity can be liberated.” – David Bohm
Jonathan Drury BA (Hons) is a member of the UK Academy of Professional Dialogue and Dr. Liz Milne, Reader at University of Sheffield, is the founder of the Sheffield Autism Research Lab (University of Sheffield)
Registrations of interest and enquiries – please email Dr. Liz Milne firstname.lastname@example.org
31st August 2017: The UK Government’s claim to be a ‘world leader in disability issues’ has today been crushed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Committee has released damning Concluding Observations on the UK, following its first Review of the government’s compliance with the Convention.
The Observations conclude last week’s public examination of the UK Government’s record on delivering disabled people’s rights. The examination was declared by the UK rapporteur Mr Stig Langvad, to be “the most challenging exercise in the history of the Committee”. Mr Langvad raised deep concerns on the UK Government’s failure to implement the rights of disabled people.
On Thursday, 31 August 2017, Katie Mitchell <Katie.Mitchell@autismplus.co.uk> wrote:
On the 11th September Autism Plus launches a new job club for adults with disabilities who need a little extra help applying for jobs. Running fortnightly, the sessions are open to anyone who feels they need help with applications and support to apply for work. Taking place at a central Sheffield location for a small fee of £30 per person per month, there is also the option to add on sessions focused on confidence, communication skills and interview preparation. Places are limited. For further information contact: Email: email@example.com Telephone: 0114 3840300
Reminder from Admin – don’t forget there are also employment support services from such organisations as:
Autism Centre for Supported Employment, Spectrum E, and Big Ambitions
See Employment Page
and see the Working Group on Employment’s annotated and downloadable list of Online Resources on Employment and Autistic Adults
Sheffield Autistic Society has received the following message from Kyle Campbell of The Light Cinema, Sheffield
“I am a representative for the new Light cinema (Sheffield, The Moor) and we are committed to making Sheffield a more accessible place for everyone to be a part of regardless of disability.
We have put in place a variety of film screenings to make this possible, some of which may interest the people you work with. We have autism-friendly screenings of films which have adjusted lighting and audio to make for a more comfortable and relaxed environment. In these screenings the seating plan is relaxed allowing all attendees to sit wherever they may feel most comfortable. Customers are free to bring food and drink from home should this be preferential. Trailers and advertisements have been removed from these showings meaning a prompt to start to showings.
Whilst the above applies to you I want to make it clear that we are committed to a wider view of making cinema accessible to everybody. Further screenings include baby-friendly for parents of new borns, dementia-friendly and Family AM where we offer ticket at £3 per family member so that nobody misses out.
Please let me know if these screenings interest you or the people you support and I am very happy to provide further information.
The Light Cinema,
Sheffield – The Moor
Latest video from Sheffield Autism Research Lab (ShARL)
Story published today (1st August 2017) by the National Autistic Society:
A new recommendation from NICE (the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) seeks to improve autistic people’s experiences of GP services in England. It encourages GPs to record someone’s autism diagnosis, in a step that The National Autistic Society believes could help to tackle the unacceptable health inequality faced by autistic people.
We believe this will make it easier for GPs to know when they are about to see an autistic person and make small changes that can help make sure they get the care and support they need. This could mean making sure the GP explains everything in a clear and understandable way, preparing someone for a medical procedure with more information, or trying hard to begin the appointment on time.
Across a GP practice, doctors will also be able to check that their records have the number of autistic people they would expect (an estimated one in 100 people are on the autism spectrum). They will also be able to check that autistic people in their practice are getting the health care that everyone else gets. Across England, this information could be used anonymously to make better decisions about what services and support are needed.
The National Autistic Society welcomes this news. It is something we have been campaigning for over many years, along with many people and organisations, including the Royal College of GPs. In a survey carried out by the Westminster Autism Commission, it was also supported by 95% of autistic people and their family members….
For the full text of this story see: http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2017-08-01-nice.aspx
See also the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40777974
A message from the National Autistic Society:
“Right now there is a parliamentary inquiry into the provision of education and support for children and young people on the autism spectrum in England. This is an important opportunity to feedback what you’d change about the current education system so it better supports children on the autism spectrum.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism wants to hear from parents, carers and young people about your experiences of the special educational needs system and what needs to change. Please complete the survey before 10 July 2017 and share your views.
To complete the survey, click on this link.
This survey is for parents of children and young people up to the age of 25, if they are still in school or at a further education college. (We are not looking at experiences of higher education – university – at present, as it is not covered by the 0-25 SEND system.)”
An Invitation from Liz Friend and Sylvia Johnson:
Sheffield has a large number of groups who work with autistic people, from the very young to the very old.
We are two parents involved with the autism community in Sheffield and we think it would be useful for Sheffield to host and maintain an Autism Network, so that organisations and individuals can share information about things they are doing, and can identify priorities for action in Sheffield that will not only help enhance services but will also help make Sheffield a more autism-friendly place to live, whatever your age.
We hope the Network will be able to inform the work of the newly established 0-25 Autism Strategy Group and the Sheffield Autism Partnership between Sheffield Council, the local Clinical Commissioning Group, families and autistic adults.
We also hope to collectively build on local work to engage businesses and the private sector, arts and film venues, and employers.
Finally we hope that some of you will become involved in helping to move autism provision and autism-friendly environments forward in the city.
We are holding an inaugural meeting of the Network
on Tuesday 4th July 5.30pm to 7pm
Room 12.4.18 in the Charles Street Building of Sheffield Hallam University.
(Level 4 Room 18, entrance on Charles Street itself)
We understand that some people may wish to be involved but are unable to attend the meeting and will vary the times of meetings to try to accommodate different needs. We also hope to establish a social media presence so that it is easy for individuals and groups to share information.
We look forward to seeing you on the 4th July and hope that you find the Network useful in the coming months and years.
Please circulate this invitation to others you know who may wish to become involved.
Liz Friend and Sylvia Johnson
Message to members of Sheffield Autistic Society about the Autism Show – from Liz Friend
The Autism Show, organised by the National Autistic Society, is one of the biggest autism events in the country. Full details of the Manchester event can be found at: http://manchester.autismshow.co.uk/whats/ and you can see a poster for the show here: AutismShow 2017
As it’s a large event then it does create problems for those of us with sensory needs. In response to a question about those with autism attending and whether the venue is suitable for those with sensory needs the National Autistic Society has replied:
“That’s a difficult question for us to answer. You know that person’s needs most. If they have acute sensory issues we would not recommend the exhibition to visit as it can get very busy and noisy, like any other popular public place. However we do have families attending with autistic children and adults on the spectrum visiting and also speaking at the event. We try to make the event as accessible as possible to those on the spectrum by having wider than usual aisles, clear signage, dimmed lighting and a quiet room available.”
I will be going along to the show on Friday 30 June and have arranged a number of tickets for members who wish to come along too. The Autism Show runs from 10am until 5pm on Friday 30 June (and Saturday 1 July) and there is plenty to interest everyone with some really interesting speakers. If you want to come along then please let me know and I will reserve you a ticket. The arrangements are as follows:
· Meet at Sheffield Train Station for 8.50am by the Superdrug shop.
· Take the 9.11am train to Manchester Piccadilly
· Train arrives in Manchester Piccadilly at 10.02am
· Take a bus to Event City where the Autism Show is held (15 minutes journey)
· Arrive at Autism Show approximately 10.30am
· Chance to see speakers/exhibitions/workshops of your choice
· Meet at exit to the Autism Show at 5pm
· Take bus back to Manchester Piccadilly station
· Take the 18.20 train to Sheffield Station
· Arrive Sheffield Station at 19.10
The return train fare to Manchester is £16.00 If you buy advance single tickets for the two trains as above. If you need to have flexibility to leave earlier (or go later) then you can buy an off peak day return for £21.70p which is also valid for the same journey but check for other train times. As train tickets are incredibly complicated I’ve put the link here: https://www.buytickets.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/buytickets/combinedmatrix.aspx?Command=TimeTable
The Sheffield Autistic Society will pay for the tickets for the show and also the transport to and from Manchester Piccadilly station to Event City but you will need to cover the cost of the rail tickets. If anyone is unable to cover the costs of the train ticket then please let me know.
I’m away next week so don’t worry if I don’t respond straight away!!