Autism Week Film Showing / Extension of Art Exhibition

In celebration of Autism Awareness week, two of Sheffield Hallam’s PhD students, Katrina Fleming and Thomas Price, are hosting a free showing of the film that depicts the life of Temple Grandin. This will be accompanied by a discussion and tea and cake. All are welcome.

This is taking place 1-4pm on Wednesday 3rd April at Sheffield Hallam’s City Campus.

Please do pass the invitation on to anyone who may wish to attend.

Information and signing up to attend can be found at

Sarah Sharpe’s Mother and Child Art Exhibition at the Circle, Rockingham Lane (see earlier News item) has been extended for a further month to the end of April. It is free to go in and open Mon – Fri 9am-5pm

Government Consultation on the Autism strategy

Review of the National Autism Strategy

“In April 2014 the government published ‘Think Autism’, a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England. The strategy supports the Autism Act 2009.

This year the Department of Health and Social Care, working with the Department for Education, will review the strategy and extend it to cover children as well as adults.

To help us do this, we want to hear about people’s experiences of care and support.

This call for evidence is for England only. It will be of particular interest to:

  • autistic people – adults, children and young people
  • their families
  • their carers
  • organisations and professionals that provide care and support to autistic people or work with autistic people

We will use the results to find out where people think progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future.

It is aimed at finding out what is working and where progress has been made and importantly where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers.”

The call for evidence can be accessed online at the following link and is open for responses until 16 May 2019.

Mother and Child Art Exhibition

Sarah Sharpe (see the article in our January 2019 Newsletter) will now be holding the postponed launch event for her Mother and Child Exhibition this Thursday 21st Feb 5.30-8pm at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW. The launch is free with a drink and a few nibbles for people wanting to come and see her lovely paintings. The exhibition is also now open every week day Mon-Fri in The Circle Gallery until the end of March.

Yoga Taster Course for Asperger Adults starts 25th February

Come and try yoga at a new city centre yoga space called Mudra
Yoga will improve your balance, coordination, strength, flexibility.
and help you with relaxation and sleep.
The 4-week course starts on Mon 25th Feb Time: 7.30 -9pm
Dates: Feb 25th, Mar 4th, Mar 11th, Mar 18th
Cost for The A Team is only £10 for 4 weeks!
OK to come for 1 session (£2.50) to see if it’s for you.

Mudra is above Tamper Coffee Shop on Arundel Street near Hallam University

After the 4-week taster, there will be a yoga session for the A Team at Mudra on the
second Monday of the month.
Spaces are limited so book your place soon by replying to
or phone/text Judith on 07817521950
Here is the link to Mudra’s website:
Mudra launch next week with free classes!



Autism Act 10 Years On – National Autistic Society survey

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act in England and the National Autistic Society is working with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) to find out more about the state of care and support for autistic children and adults across the UK.

The Autism Act says the Government has to review its autism policy from time to time. This is happening this year, giving us a vital opportunity to uncover what has and has not changed over the last decade and to campaign for further improvements to support for autistic people.

We want as many autistic people and families to engage in this survey to help us tell Government what needs to change.

This survey covers areas such as social care, training, benefits, mental health and transition from childhood to adulthood. Over recent years we have also carried out surveys on other topics, like employment and education, which will be included in our research.

To take part please go to this webpage

Please fill in this survey by 10pm on Sunday 7 April 2019. The survey should take 15 to 30 minutes to complete.”

Urgent notice – postponement of Mother and Child art exhibition

We have been informed that the art exhibition “Mother and Child”, the launch of which was  planned for this Thursday 7 Feb 530-8pm at The Circle will NOT now go ahead. (There was an announcement about this event in our January newsletter.)

Sarah Sharpe, the lady responsible has been in touch to say that, due to a broken wrist, she is having to cancel at this late stage. She hopes to be able to mount the exhibition in a few weeks time. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.


DWP Regional Stakeholder Network

Jennifer Marsden of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) attended a recent Autism Partnership Board in Sheffield.
Jennifer said that the DWP want to reach out to groups in each regional area. For us that would be in the Northern Region. She was asking if anyone within the Board, or the wider membership of associations, societies, organisations, etc. would be interested in opportunities to be part of our Regional Stakeholder Network, to represent disabled people’s views and work with others in our area and with government.

They are looking for both chair positions and member positions. Members will not be paid, however travel expenses with receipts will be paid to attend the annual Network meeting. The information can be found in the following link:

If you are interested please contact the Sheffield Autistic Society’s Secretary, Graham Nield: