What is autism?
Autism Hampshire have produced an excellent FREE E-Learning Autism Training resource. This should take you less than an hour to complete and includes a printable certificate.
For adult diagnosis in Cambridgeshire you need to ask your GP for a referral to the Cambridge Lifespan Autism Spectrum Service (CLASS) clinic.
The waiting list for diagnosis is very long, so if you are uncertain about whether you want to seek a diagnosis, it may be worth asking for a referral to the list anyway until you have reached a decision.
NAS Cambridge Branch activities
We run a relaxed Social Club for adults aged 18+ which is held on Sunday evenings twice per month.
We also run monthly daytime drop-ins for adults in Huntingdon and March, offering information, support and an opportunity to meet other adults with ASC.
The library at the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre has books, training materials and other resources available to borrow free of charge.
Other local support
The NAS Peterborough branch runs regular social groups for adults.
Autism Support Network – the NAS Autism Support Managers and VoiceAbility run a monthly drop-in at the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre for people on the autism spectrum, who are aged 16+ and living in the Cambridge area. For more information contact Joseph Simon on 07436 542729 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Useful Links page on our NAS Cambridge website for a list of other organisations offering information, support and activities.
Free Bus Passes – you may be eligible to apply for a pass from Cambridgeshire County Council.
Driving – there is lots of useful information related to driving on the National Autistic Society website, including the blue badge scheme. You only need to notify the DVLA of your autism diagnosis if being autistic affects your ability to drive safely.
Blue Badge Scheme – you may be eligible for a blue badge parking permit. If you are applying because you are receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) then read your PIP award letter carefully as the qualifying criteria for a blue badge are very specific. If you do not meet any of the automatic criteria you can still apply under the discretionary category.
If you would like a card to carry for use in difficult situations, that will let people know you have autism and give some basic information about the condition, you can order one of the following:
The National Autistic Society have an ‘I Am Autistic’ card you can order online at low cost.
Autism Anglia offer an Autism Alert Card which costs more, but requires proof of diagnosis and is recognised by all the Police forces in the East of England area.
You may be eligible for various benefits including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP). There is more information about these on the National Autistic Society website. It is important to get advice from a charity or health professional with benefits expertise before filling in the claim form for PIP.
Cambridgeshire County Council services
Peterborough City Council services
If your Local Authority is Peterborough City Council then you can find information about all their services including Easy Read information on their Peterborough Information Network page.
Latest news for adults:
- Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are holding a consultation on their draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2024, which outlines the priority areas and how local councils, the NHS and community organisations would like to work together to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities that exist across the area.
If you would like to give your views on the strategy, use the link below to the online survey. There is an easy-read version of the survey available as well.Continue reading →
- Mental Health support during COVID-19 outbreak
Are you or your child feeling anxious about Covid-19 or struggling with all the changes to your usual routine?
We’ve found a few helpful websites with suggestions to reduce anxiety and support your mental health through the next few months:
Coronavirus and your wellbeing – advice from MIND the mental health charity
Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak – from Rethink Mental Illness
How to help an autistic child during the coronavirus outbreak – advice from the Priory
Uncertainty, anxiety and the Coronavirus pandemic – Ambitious about AutismContinue reading →
- Cambridge Science Festival
The Cambridge Science Festival runs from 09-22 March 2020.
Bookings for all pre-book events open on Monday 10 February. When booking for events, you can state if you would like, for example, early entry for a public lecture, seating near the exit etc.
The Festival web address is: www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/
With hundreds of free events over two weeks on everything from Astronomy to Zoology, the 2020 Cambridge Science Festival welcomes adults, teenagers and families to explore science with researchers from across Cambridge. Join us for talks, hands-on activities, performances, exhibitions and films exploring the theme of ‘vision’; the Festival has something for everyone!
The festival has some events on the latest research into the autism spectrum, please see a list with links below:
• Genetics research in autism: ethical perspectives (Friday 13 March) https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/genetics-research-autism-ethical-perspectives
• Autism research in Cambridge (Sat 14 & Sun 15 March) https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/autism-research-cambridge
There is also the opportunity for adults and children who have an autism spectrum condition and their families to explore Cambridge science in a quieter and less-crowded space at:
• Hands-on at the Guildhall: autism-friendly hour (Sun 15 March), bookable from Monday 10 February https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/hands-guildhall-autism-friendly-hourContinue reading →