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Today (21st July) the government published its long awaited new “National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults 2021 to 2026”, together with associated documents, including an easy read version of the strategy.
You can read and download the documents here:
Please forgive the less than ideal organisation of the many items in the page below. Information is coming in to us regularly and items are being added all the time. The information includes:
Coronavirus Restrictions (Updated 19th July):
For links to all government guidance and support in connection with Covid-19 see this page:
Covid Vaccine Easy Read (downloadable): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/951000/PHE_11843_Covid-19_Easy-read_leaflet.pdf
Sheffield City Council Changes to Services / Support for People
Key public safety information to help support Sheffield’s various communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s all free to use and supplied in various languages and formats: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/coronaviruscommunityresources
Information about face covering
Government Guidance (Updated 12th March 2021) : Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
For advice on exemptions from the NHS and printable exemption cards download: mask exemption cards
Some suggestions about choosing masks from ‘Autism Wellbeing’. See here (PDF): Choosing masks
Hospital Visiting (from the NHS):
An immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit if you are supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
See full statement here: Visitor-Guidance_8-April-2020
(NB Sheffield health authorities say, please check with the specific ward before you visit.)
Preparing a Covid19 Hospital Communication Passport and Supporting Resources
for children and adults with special needs:
NHS COVID-19 ‘Grab and Go’ Hospital Passport
A quick form for people with a learning disability and / or autism to complete if they need to go to hospital. Ideally it should accompany the complete hospital passport (see item above): C0381_NHS Covid-19 Grab and Go LDA Form
SpeakUp Spreading the News “What if I have to go into hospital?” Easy Read Guide published 3rd November 2020
Speakup Spreading the News 3 November 2020
‘Coping with COVID’ for people struggling with their mental health during Coronavirus
Sheffield Health and Social Care have a phone line and are providing an online course ‘Coping with COVID’ for people struggling with their mental health during Coronavirus. These services are available to anyone, you do not have to have accessed mental health services in the past: https://www.shsc.nhs.uk/news/new-support-people-struggling-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus
National Autistic Society Guidance and Top Tips
The NAS’s latest guidance on coronavirus and some handy top tips for dealing with its impact:
The Government’s Plan to Support the Social Care System (16 April 2020):
A commentary by the National Autistic Society
Sheffield Carers Centre – Update on Services for Carers
see PDF : Update from the Carers Centre
Sheffield Carers Outreach Project Virtual Carers Groups
Sheffield Carers Outreach Project are offering a number of Virtual Carers Groups, starting this week (28th April).
These groups are for both adults with LDs and/ or autism and their carer/ parent.
See the posters on this page
and to find out more please e-mail the Carers Outreach Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covid-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities
Guides from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) for families and professionals supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Vaccination: An NHS film for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people about vaccination.
Support from Disability Sheffield during Covid-19 Crisis
Easy read posters and other easy read resources on the government’s latest rules and guidance on coronavirus
From keepsafe.org.uk: On face masks, government’s rules, shielding, testing and other issues, including editable posters:
Coronavirus A Book for Children
by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
You can download the free book here: https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf
Ideas, activities, resources during the lockdown
mainly – but not only – for people with a learning disability and their families, from the internet: see this page
Interesting for organisations and parents of learners with a print disability. Accessible textbooks and resources for learners with sight loss, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and qualifying physical disabilities. “RNIB Bookshare UK education collection provides textbooks and materials to support the UK curriculum. We offer a range of accessible formats that can be read electronically or adapted to suit the personal reading needs of learners. We now have 545,905 titles with more being added all the time!” See https://www.rnibbookshare.org/
Be alert to Coronavirus Scams and Fraud
(Courtesy of Triodos Bank): https://www.triodos.co.uk/articles/2020/be-alert-to-coronavirus-fraud?utm_source=Service&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=Read-more&utm_campaign=04_2020-Coronavirus-fraud—retail
Or or complete an online referral form here
Download here: learning disability and autistic people advisory group 2021
Easy Read version download here: Learning disability and autistic people advisory group 2021 actions easy read
Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group announcement:
“We are excited to announce that the new Sheffield Physical Health webpages for people with learning disabilities and/or autism (and the people who support them) are now live on the Sheffield Mental Health Guide.
There is also a page aimed at GPs and other health care professionals with additional useful information.
These pages have been co-designed with people with lived experience and with feedback from health care professionals.
The webpages explain that it is especially important to look after your health if you have a learning disability or you are autistic, and provide details about how you can do this, for example by attending your annual health checks. I have also included some images which can be used to promote the webpages – you can use these as part of your social media comms or print them out to share with people with LD and/or autism.
This project has been funded by Sheffield CCG and NHS England, as part of the strategy to address health inequalities of people with learning disabilities, autism, and severe mental illness.”
Sheffield Mencap and Gateway have a range of extra-curricular projects for children aged 6 – 16 with learning difficulties/disabilities or autism. There is something for everyone – from drama to fitness to technology. All projects are welcoming, fun, inclusive and designed to support children to develop their communication, confidence and social interaction.
We are currently seeking referrals for all projects for the academic year 2021/2022. Attached is a flyer which gives more details of our projects, along with an application form.
An online learning series: 16th & 17th July 2021 from Autism Learns in partnership with the National Autistic Society (payable)
The charities Ambitious about Autism and The Autism Education Trust have created the Transition to employment toolkit to tackle the problem of autistic young people falling out of education, employment or training when they leave school.
The Transition to employment toolkit has been developed to support those working with autistic young people to understand their needs and help them onto the job ladder, or into further training or education. It includes resources for employers, careers professionals and young autistic people themselves.
For more information see the Ambitious About Autism website.
A Manchester postgraduate student is seeking evidence for his research:
On a number of dates during June the Showroom Cinema is screening ‘The Reason I Jump’ based on the bestselling book with the same title by Naoki Higashida. As well as being Autistic, Higashida is also non-verbal, and strengthens what Autistic adult activists are fighting for; making reasonable adjustments within the Autism community makes communication possible for those who would have previously been classed as “Low-Functioning”.
Producers have made a version of the film that would be more accessible to Autistic people (the standard cut can be quite intense with little warning of what’s coming), so the Showroom are screening both cuts of the film, with half of the screenings adapted to make a more relaxed environment.
They accept CEA cards and access cards.
Information on the screening can be found here: The Reason I Jump (Relaxed Version) – Showroom Workstation – Sheffield
Information about the venue accessibility can be found here: How to find us – Showroom Workstation – Sheffield
An important source of new information and help for parents and carers of children with autism and other neurological disorders is now available on the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust website. You can find it here:
The authors say:
“We hope that the information on our website can help with strategies, and support you and your family with the difficulties that lots of young people with neurodevelopmental conditions experience. There are a number of pages filled with resources to manage difficulties around sleep, mood, anxiety, sensory issues and going back to school. Additional information and resources are also available on our DCD webpage (DCD is Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia).”
There is also a child autism Mythbuster, developed in conjunction with various partners including the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum: