Autism Alert Card (from South Yorkshire Police)

South Yorkshire Police now offer a free Autism Alert Card to help autistic people. The scheme has been developed with the help of the National Autistic Society – “The free, credit-card sized, Autism Alert cards are now in circulation to help police and other emergency services workers communicate with autistic residents more effectively, helping those on the autism spectrum feel more comfortable in what perhaps could potentially be an extremely stressful or frightening situation.”

For details of how to obtain your card see: https://southyorks.police.uk/sign-up/autism-alert-or-learning-disability-alert-card/

Guided Mindfulness Meditations

One of our brilliant members, Jonny Drury, is delivering a programme of guided meditations from next week. Jonny is an experienced meditator and has practiced many methods of meditation and holistic health from an early age. He is a MBLE (Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement) practitioner, a certified coach and specialist mentor, working mostly in autism and neurodiversity. He encourages meditation as part of a whole system of self-care, well-being and personal and professional development.

It is a series of Guided Mindfulness Meditations hosted by Scottish Autism from this Monday and it is open to anyone. The sessions are suitable for all (alone or with family). The times are both in the evening and daytime so should be able to accommodate all who wish to join.

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/JDMeditation1 Suitable for beginners or not, the first session is a presentation and taster.

‘Ambitious About Autism’ sessions for employers

Ambitious About Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide education and employment services, raise awareness and understanding and campaign for change.

We are grateful to Faraz Choudhry for telling us about the following free autism awareness webinar events :

How to Support Autism in the Workplace – Lunch and Learn (1st December and 19th January)

For details see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-support-autism-in-the-workplace-lunch-and-learn-tickets-124108557035

Ambitious About Autism also invite employers to book a place on this free webinar delivered on a variety of dates for your convenience:

 

SpeakUp “Grab and Go Sheet” Awareness Sessions

Speakup are running Zoom sessions to raise awareness about the new Covid 19 Grab and Go sheet.

The Covid 19 Grab and Go sheet is for people with learning disabilities and autistic people. It gives the information doctors and nurses need if you need to go into hospital because of Coronavirus.

The awareness sessions will be held later in November.

For details see: covid 19 poster grab and go sessions

Help sought with Dimensions transitions service bid

> Has your young person recently left a residential school or college?
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> Dimensions UK are writing a bid to develop a transitions service for young people with learning disabilities and autism who are currently at residential schools and colleges. The aim of the service would be to avoid unnecessary admissions to-out-of-city and/or institutional settings and to help people to stay close to family. They want to hear from parents whose young person has left a residential school or college, so that their experiences can be used to shape the bid.
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> If you’d like to contribute your views, please email Susan Kirkman, who works as a family consultant for Dimensions UK, by 10 November. Email: suekirkman.uk@gmail.com
> Susan