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Cambridge NAS organized Talk from Chris Bonnello

EXTRA SEATS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATION. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RESERVED A SEAT VIA EVENTBRITE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AGAIN.

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

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 .

Tell us about your experiences of autism and processing time for the ‘Too Much Information’ campaign

In 2016 over 7,000 people completed our survey which we used to shape our Too Much Information campaign. The findings from that survey supported us to show how crucial it is for the public to understand more about autism, and to make a film about autism which was seen by over 56 million people.
Now you’ve told us what you want the public to know, we want to know more about autistic people’s experiences and what you would like the public to change about their behaviour. We particularly want to hear your experiences of needing extra time to process information and how the public’s understanding of this affects you.
You can find the survey at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AutisticTMI/
If you are a parent or carer to an autistic child or adult who is not able to complete the survey for themselves, we would like you to do so on their behalf.
Surveys make a difference. With what you told us in last year’s survey, we were also able to take these important messages about autism to BBC Breakfast, The Guardian and many other mainstream newspapers and websites and to start transforming public understanding of autism. Please help the second year of Too Much Information be just as impactful.
Please be sure to share this survey with autistic friends and family too.

The Transition Event East 2017

November 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:15 pm
Free – £99.00

The Transition Event (http://www.myfamilyourneeds.co.uk/event/transition-event-east-2017/ ) 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. Continue reading

Volunteers needed for women and autism Research

I am Zsófia Szlamka, MPhil Candidate of the University of Cambridge, and
am interested in the experience of women living with autism spectrum
disorder. Therefore I am conducting research on what autism means to
women, and their experience of living on the spectrum.
In order to do this, I am conducting interviews with women living with
autism and with staff involved in autism care. Continue reading

Weekly Football

Cambridge United Football Club are running weekly impairment specific disability football sessions as follows:
Autistic & Learning disabilities/difficulties session
Saturdays, 3pm – 4pm at Trumpington Sports Leisure Centre, Trumpington Community College, Lime Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 9HB
The cost of all sessions is £3 per week. If anyone would like any further information contact Phil

E: phil.mullen@cambridge-united.co.uk