The NAS School Exclusions Service

The NAS School Exclusions Service, provides information and advice for parents of autistic pupils who are either at risk of exclusion or have been excluded from school or college. The aim of our work is to help parents and schools work together, to overcome the barriers to inclusion and ensure that pupils’ needs are met, thus reducing the number of autistic pupils excluded from schools.

The NAS School Exclusions Service (England) offers advice and information on all aspects of school exclusion in England. This includes advice on:
• informal (illegal) exclusions;
• fixed-period and permanent exclusions;
• how to challenge your child’s exclusion;
• what you can do if you are concerned that your child is at risk of exclusion;
• exclusion from school clubs and trips.

Make an enquiry or request a phone appointment by emailing schoolexclusions@nas.org.uk
or
Phone 0808 800 4002. Leave a message on our answering service (free from landlines and most mobiles).

NAS School exclusions information

Autism and Sensory Processing: a training day with Olga Bogdashina, Janet Gurney and Jemma Swales

Friday 18 May 2018
Doors open at 9am for a 9.30am start
Ends at 4.30pm

Venue: Swiss Cottage School, London NW8 6HX

The Caldwell Autism Foundation, in partnership with Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre, invites you to a training day on autism and sensory processing.

This event will deepen your understanding of the sensory world of autism and provide insights on how the support we provide to autistic people can be made more effective by an understanding of their different sensory experiences. Continue reading

Understanding the factors which affect whether autistic individuals complete university.

This research is being conducted by Dr. Eilidh Cage, Rhoda Breakell and Louise Vinales from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Our research focuses on understanding the factors that might influence autistic individuals completing their undergraduate studies. We hope that your answers will help us understand the factors that affect autistic individuals’ experiences at university and the reasons behind why some people do not complete their course. We are looking to hear from both people who completed university and those who did not.
If you are interested in taking part in the online survey, follow this link
https://rhulpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2nuIkzd3aeJcSJT

Pinpoint organized ADHD/ASD groups

ADHD/ASD groups for parents run monthly at Ely, Histon, Peterborough and Huntingdon, run by Pinpoint in conjunction with our counterparts Family Voice Peterborough. Parents and carers who have children with ADHD and Autism – with or without a diagnosis – are welcome to come along.
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Inclusion Project for young adults

The Inclusion Project is an innovative initiative that promotes a healthy, social and active lifestyle for young adults (aged 16+) with learning difficulties. The emphasis is for participants to be included into the happenings of the community. There is a daily timetable of activities including sports club, cinema, shopping, golf and much more. Please go to the website for full details: https://inclusionproject.co.uk/

Volunteers requested for speech course

The Autism Research Centre in Cambridge is looking for volunteers to take part in a new research study. We are running a pilot randomised controlled trial of a speech course aimed to help parents to develop the oral-motor articulation of speech sounds in their children with autism. The course is commercially available on the platform Cambridge Autism Learning (http://cambridgeautismlearning.com/), which is a community interest company jointly owned between Linguisticator and the Autism Research Trust. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether the course and our methods are effective, identify areas for improvement, and further understanding into speech production in minimally verbal children with autism. Continue reading

Opening date for Autism Free School Announced

The Cavendish School will be a special free school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC) built on the site at Impington Village College. The school will serve families across Cambridgeshire, offering places for children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in Years 3 to 13.
An Opening Date has been agreed : September 2020. Continue reading

CACHE accredited certificate in Understanding Autism

(CACHE= Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education)
The Skills Network is one of the UK’s most successful providers of long distance learning and accredited fully funded training courses. We provide a range of fully funded Level 2 Accredited Qualifications at no cost. To support World Autism Awareness Week we are currently involved in a nationwide project relating to raising the understanding of Autism for staff, parents and the wider community throughout the UK. We would like to invite you to be part of this project to help raise awareness of Autism that touches the lives of many within your local community. Continue reading

NAS Cambridge response to Fairer Contributions Proposals

To Wendy Ballard
Financial Assessment Team Leader (Fairer Contributions Policy)
Cambridgeshire County Council

Fairer Contributions
Policy – Proposed Changes

A Response from NAS Cambridge Branch

Proposal 1
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is paid to enable greater independence and to enable the development of skills in independence. Therefore, to take the full amount of this benefit into account in assessment for financial contribution for services will cut into the benefit payments to the extent that, for many individuals, it will inevitably result in them having less income to pay for other services which help to reduce their reliance on help from carers. A good example of this is paying for activities. Continue reading