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:

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

Autism Peer Support for Autistic People

Health Education England (HEE)
are exploring what capabilities are required for people that become peer support workers for autistic people. These capabilities will cover the skills, knowledge and values that Peer Support workers must have to do the job.

Autism Peer Support is where autistic people use the lessons learned from their own experiences to support other autistic people. As well as their own experience they also need the knowledge skills and values to understand other people’s needs and give good support.
The aim is to improve the quality of community-based support for autistic people.

Skills for Care, the National Autistic Society, together with Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes & Hypermobility Disorders CIC (SEDS) and Resolve Development, which are both autistic led organisations, are leading the project for HEE. We need to find out what autistic people, families and other key stakeholders think those capabilities are.

To do this, we will be holding 12 online/virtual meetings in December 2021 and January 2022. There will be a maximum of 12 people per meeting to ensure everyone has a chance to have their say.

Each session will last 1 hour, and each will be jointly co-produced by an autistic person. Depending on the size of the group attending the meeting, you may be asked to participate in small group discussions. Information will be provided in advance.

Participants can be paid £15 per hour. Information about what will be discussed will be provided before the meeting.

The following options are offered to anyone who finds virtual meetings challenging or who would prefer a 1:1 chat.

– 1:1 phone call or virtual meeting
– Fill in a questionnaire

Those who use alternative communication methods will be supported to do so.

To take part, please contact Skills for Care by emailing or visit our web page SkillsforCare for dates & times of the meeting for you to choose and a link to the online questionnaire


Publication of new National Autism Strategy and other documents

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:

Also in July The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee published its report “The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities Fifth Report of Session 2021–22″ which you can read and download here:

Looking after your health, Mencap children’s projects, Understanding PDA, PIP payments scandal

Guides to looking after your health for autistic people and people with a learning disability

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.”

Mencap projects for children

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.

Children’s Groups flyer A5_double sided

Children’s Services Application Form 2021-22

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

An online learning series: 16th & 17th July 2021 from Autism Learns in partnership with the National Autistic Society (payable)

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

PIP payments scandal

DWP ‘may have unlawfully deprived tens of thousands of PIP claimants of back-payments’


New employment toolkit launched to support autistic young people

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.