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Autistic Women’s Meet-Up Event 14 May

Half Day Event 

Autistic Women’s Meet-up event, Saturday 14 May, 1-4pm, Friends Meeting House, St James’ Street, S1 2EW, facilitated by SAPAG (Sheffield Asperger Parents Action Group)

This half day event is designed by autistic women in the Sheffield area for autistic women and those who identify as autistic women, diagnosed or undiagnosed, so that you can meet others like yourself in a safe environment to hear about some of their experiences of being female and autistic, share some of your own and get some support.

We will talk about topics such as diagnosis, disclosing that you are autistic, managing anxiety, masking and unmasking, communication, relationships and friends, employment…

Details: 14th May 2022   1pm – 4pm
Friends Meeting House, 10 St James’ St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2EW 

Click (ctrl+click) the link below for more information and to Book a Place 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autistic-womens-meet-up-tickets-322561278467

 

East Midlands Railway advertises autism friendly destinations and services

From East Midlands Railway:

“Autism and neurodiverse friendly attractions across our network
Events and venues around the UK are increasingly finding ways to cater for those who experience neurodiversity, making it easier for those on the autistic spectrum or with different needs to enjoy and take part in regular events and attractions.”

For more information see the link below:

https://reporting.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/cgi-bin/view?h+414535-2+554901+85901+414535-554901-FDD9B1FF-85901-5769

 

Ambitious About Autism Youth Network

The Ambitious Youth Network, which has been generously funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and others, will offer autistic young people aged 16 to 25 a safe and moderated online space to help them understand their autistic identity and reduce isolation and loneliness that many feel.

Young people will be able to take part (free) in peer support sessions, share experiences and find volunteering, work experience and employment opportunities. There will also be opportunities for them to work together and campaign for change.

Last month we piloted the new online platform with existing members of our youth network and feedback so far has been extremely positive.

In the next three years Ambitious about Autism aims to support 5,000 autistic young people across the UK to access the Ambitious Youth Network.

If you would like to find out more about the platform or watch a presentation by a member of our Participation Team, please let me know.

Thanks and best wishes
Alison Worsley (Pronouns: she/her)
Director of External Affairs and Data Protection Officer
Ambitious about Autism

 

Take Part in a Study about Post Diagnostic Support for Autistic Adults

Received from Suzy Crowson (Sheffield University):

Hello, I hope this email finds you well. I am emailing to introduce myself and let you know about a research study that I am working on with Dr Megan Freeth and Dr Daniel Poole at the University of Sheffield.

What is the study?
In this study we are looking at the support autistic adults receive after being diagnosed. We want to hear about autistic peoples’ experiences of post-diagnostic support and whether the support on offer could be improved. From this, we will be looking at improving services to ensure that post-diagnostic support truly meets the needs of autistic adults.

Who are we looking for?
We are recruiting autistic adults who received a diagnosis as an adult (18+)  from a UK service within the last ten years to take part in this study.

What does taking part involve?
Taking part will involve contributing to 3 two-hour online workshops. The dates are given on an online form where you can register your interest. Participants who take part in all three sessions will receive a £75 voucher per session.

How do I express my interest in the study?
Please follow the link and complete the Google Form if you are interested in taking part:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBKdLBcqEz0J3nhsE0BU_ySy02JKrfa1b6L3UKFZQMHsYc0w/viewform?usp=pp_url

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available at the workshops. We will invite eligible participants and provide further information.
If you cannot take part in the workshops, but would like to contribute to the study there is an option to take part via questionnaire. More information is included on the expression of interest form.

What if I need more information to decide?
I very much hope that you would like to join us with this research. If you have any questions about the research, you can email me via s.crowson@sheffield.ac.uk, or the study principal investigator Megan (via m.freeth@sheffield.ac.uk).
We are very happy to answer any questions you may have and can organise a phone call to talk to you about the project if that is something you might find useful.

Please feel free to share this email with anyone you know who might be interested in taking part in the study.

I think that this will be interesting and important work and whilst you may not benefit yourself you will be making a big difference for other autistic adults in ensuring that good support is available post-diagnosis.

Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
Suzy Crowson

 

Accessible Covid Vaccination Clinic 16th February 11am to 4pm

An  accessible covid vaccination clinic is being held at Burton Street Foundation, on Wednesday 16th February 2022, from 11am-4pm.

The vaccine clinic is aimed primarily for people with a learning disability (and their family carers) but the clinic will also be open to the general public, and will be particularly set up to support people needing reasonable adjustments, including those who are vaccine hesitant and those who need adjustments making due to sensory issues.

For more information download the poster here: Grab the Jab Poster

 

Sheffield Children’s launches new autism resources and single point of access for ADHD and Autism referrals

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has launched new information resources on its website

The resources provide support for families of children with conditions such as ADHD and autism.

You can find the resources at https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/services/child-development-and-neurodisability/autism-home/autism-support/

New Single Point of Access (SPA) for ADHD and autism referrals

The Trust has also launched a Single Point of Access (SPA) for all ADHD and autism referrals to make sure patients and families’ needs are supported straight away and the right team is put in place for the assessment.

You can find more information about the referral process at https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/services/child-development-and-neurodisability/autism-home/

For further information about both of the above developments see: https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/news/sheffield-childrens-launches-new-autism-resources/

Let’s Get Digital event 11th March

From Kathryn Littlewood, “Sheffield Voices”:

Do you have a computer and don’t know how to you use it?
Do you want a computer and don’t know where to go to get help?
Do you worry about being safe online?
Are you a support worker and want to improve your digital skills to help people you care for connect with people online?

If you live in Sheffield City Region, why not come along to our FREE event at The Workstation Sheffield at 12pm on the 11th March 2022 and meet some great people who can help get up and running with either your own computer or help you to start thinking about getting online.

We have some FREE tablets to give away and LUNCH will be provided.

This is an event for people with learning disabilities, support workers and family who want to get connected or need some help understanding the equipment they already have.

To BOOK a place either click on this link and fill out the form https://www.sheffieldvoices.org.uk/digital

Or call us on 07734856006 or 0114 2536750

We cannot wait to see you!
Kathryn Littlewood
Sheffield Voices Manager and Training Development Manager

Burton Street seeks autistic recruits for its new choir – and Yoga to come!

Message from Andy Beeston of the Burton street Foundation

Hi there!

We have secured some extra funding recently and have a couple of projects in the works to really benefit our clients and those in the community.

Do you know anyone with autism who loves to sing? We are creating a choir that will be based at Burton Street and could really do with your help to get the word out there!

If you or anyone you know would be interested in finding out more, please email andy.beeston@burtonstreet.org.uk to get more information. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0114 233 2908 and ask to speak to Andy for all the details.

Calling all Yogi’s!

Part of our service improvements this year have allowed us to seek a yoga teacher or therapist to work with our clients for one day a week for the foreseeable few months. If you think this is right for you, please get in touch with Andy at the same email as listed above.

Keep an eye out for more exciting developments in the coming weeks!

BBC Autism Documentary

BBC Studios is looking for people who are interested in sharing lived experience of autism for a new two-part documentary for BBC Two.  The flier is at the bottom of this post.

‘Inside the Autistic Mind’ will be presented by Chris Packham who will investigate how the autistic mind works and he will be talking with autistic people who are all at a key point in their lives.

The series will show Chris Packham learn about the ways that autistic people sense and interact with the world.
He will also introduce them to people who may be able to answer their questions about their particular experiences.

To find out more, use the form at:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/send/u98539434

If you have accessibility issues that prevent you from completing the form, please get in touch via autismseries@bbc.co.uk and alternative arrangements can be made.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/send/u98539434