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Cambridge NAS organized Talk from Chris Bonnello


Chris Bonnello (From Autisticnotweird.com) will give a talk on

“Growing up with autism; things I wish I’d learned before”

Chris is a former primary school teacher with Asperger Syndrome, author of the website Autistic, not weird, and is now an autism speaker. He speaks from professional and personal experience and has a sincere drive for building up people on the autism spectrum and those who work with them.
NAS Cambridge thinks that teenagers and young adults with autism, and their parents, will find Chris’s talk inspiring, funny and informative. Of course anyone with an interest in autism is very welcome to hear Chris talk.

PLEASE BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS AT  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-by-chris-bonnello-tickets-32552179445

When: Wednesday 29 March, 7.30pm-21.00pm (doors open 7.00pm)
Where: Fulbourn Sports and Social Club, Cambridge Road,
Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BQ [please note that this is a new venue from the one originally advertised]
Carpark immediately to the right when turning into Capital
Park, off Cambridge Road – opposite the Chitra Sethia
autism centre

Printable flyer Chris Bonnello flyer

Relaxed Proms at Royal Albert Hall

We are very excited to announce the world’s first Relaxed Prom!
As part of the BBC Proms we are holding our first ever Relaxed Prom on Saturday 29 July 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
The BBC Relaxed Prom (Prom 19) will be open to everyone, but the concert will be specifically designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. This will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.
In this live concert the full forces of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring you popular classics and music from TV and film for all the family to enjoy. Presented by conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, the Relaxed Prom is an interactive and fun experience of music in a welcoming environment. All tickets are just £6, plus booking fee.
The Prom will be on wider public sale on 12 May,
How to book
Follow this link

Cambridge NAS Gardening Club

The National Garden Scheme has awarded a grant for a Gardening club to the Cambridge NAS. The Gardening Club will be in the garden at the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre in Fulbourne. We will use the grant money for a new Greenhouse and to help people get to the Austism Centre (by paying for bus fares etc.). The aim of the Club is to provide a relaxing opportunity to socialise, learn new skills and grow some veg.
Anyone interested in joining the Gardening Club can email us at:

New school announced for Young People with ASC in Cambridgeshire

Interested parents can find out more at www.thecavendishschool.org.uk or contact hello@tmet.org.uk

The Department for Education today announced that The Cavendish School is one of eight new free schools that have been approved to open in Cambridgeshire. The new special school, which is being set up by the Morris Education Trust, is due to open on the site at Impington Village College in 2019. Continue reading

Applications open for music project funding from The Dosoco Foundation.

Are you involved in creative music making that makes a positive impact on people’s lives? Are you looking for extra funding to start new projects or extend your work?

If you’re based in Cambridgeshire and you know of a local project that needs support, you are encouraged to apply for a grant from The Dosoco Foundation, which has just opened applications for its fifth round of funding. Organisations, families and individual young people are all urged to take part and applications can be as creative as possible.

Grants are available for up to £1000 (for organisations) and up to £300 (for individuals).
The Foundation can contribute up to 50% towards project costs. The only requirements are for the project to take place in Cambridgeshire and to have the potential to enhance lives though music, particularly in these four areas: Continue reading

The Transition Event East 2017

November 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:15 pm
Venue: Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SG
Free for parents, carers and students (limited number of tickets)

The Transition Event is a conference and exhibition developed to debate and discuss the future for young adults with additional needs. Moving into adulthood can be a time of great hope and excitement, but it is also frequently met with uncertainty. The Transition Event aims to help answer your questions, offer you access to experts and give you information to take away. We want to help you to support young people.

Whether you want to know about how the transition to Education, Health and Care Plans is working, how to navigate adult services or more information on employment, housing or education options, The Transition Event has the experts with the knowledge to share.

The full conference programme also has three interactive workshops to help you delve into subjects. As well as the learning opportunities of the conference, there is a packed exhibition of organisations offering local and national services. These exhibitors are selected to enhance your day and help you to find suitable products and services to meet your specific requirements.

The Transition Event is for parents, carers and practitioners and aims meet the needs of young people and those who support them.

The organizer of this event is ‘My Family, Our Needs’, contacy details:
Phone: 01223 206953
Email: cheryl.yardley@carechoices.co.uk

Book tickets: http://www.myfamilyourneeds.co.uk/events/category/the-transition-event/list/

Autism friendly cinema screenings

Cineworld host an autism friendly cinema screening on the first Sunday of every month at 11am. Cineworld cinemas that are close to Cambridge and participating in autism friendly screenings are:
Bedford, Haverhill, Huntigdon, St Neots.
Cineworld’s next autism friendly film screening is ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on Sunday 2nd April at 11am.
You can book tickets online on the cineworld website

The Cambridge Vue host an autism friendly cinema screening on the last Sunday of every month at 10:15am, from £1.99. (the film for March has yet to be posted). Tickets can be booked on the Vue website

Red2Green Easter holiday club and short courses

We are taking bookings for our new life skills holiday club for over 16s with autism spectrum conditions. We will be using arts, crafts, cookery and gardening to help you progress and develop including meeting different people, learning something new, practicing work skills, developing self confidence, and giving attendees the chance to get involved in peer mentoring. Wednesday 5 & 12 April and Thursday 6… & 13 April.

Exciting new short courses
Our “Crafty Sew and Sows” project (which teaches, and then supports learners, to share the skills our grandparents took for granted) is now available as a modular immediate short term respite activity or time limited reablement option, from 1 day a week upwards, as well as for those who need ongoing support.
This term Crafty Sow and Sews which has already featured bread making will be focussing on Growing your Own – vegetables, fruit, flowers, kitchen gardens and cottage gardens. Future projects will include knitting, making fires and playground games. For each skill, we also hold a “Grab a Skill” day where the learners can share the skills they have learnt with different members of the community including local primary and secondary school children.

Did you know that we also offer:
–  A life skills programme for anyone with autism and challenging behaviour?
–  Our own minibus transport service?
–  A carer at £15/hr?

Red2Green https://www.red2green.org/

14th Annual Disability Lecture – Innovating Towards a More Inclusive Future

There are places available for the 14th Annual Disability Lecture entitled ‘Innovating Towards a More Inclusive Future’. The lecture will be given by Saqib Shaikh, Microsoft software engineer who is working in the AI and Research group. It will be held at 5.30pm on the 23rd March 2017, in the Fisher Building at St John’s College. The lecture is organised jointly between the University’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC), the Equality and Diversity section and St John’s College.

Saqib will energise and inspire us all about the power of technology to include everyone and in particular how developments for specific groups, like disabled people can lead to mainstream technologies creating more inclusive environments.

The lecture is open to all, the venue is fully accessible to disabled people and the lecture will be captioned and a BSL interpreter will be present. It would be wonderful to include as many people as possible in this event and I attach a poster, which I would be grateful if you would circulate.

Booking is open and is available via – https://innovatingtowardsinclusivefuture.eventbrite.co.uk

Please do come back to me with any questions or requests around access, by email via disability@admin.cam.ac.uk .