Social Skills in Autistic Teenagers (SSAT) study

Researchers at University College London (UCL) are looking for adolescents aged 13-19 with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents to take part in a study of social skills.

The study involves completing questionnaires and having a video-recorded interaction with a researcher. The study will take around two hours to complete, and can take place at your home or at UCL.

There is no payment for taking part, but reasonable travel expenses (£10 per adult, £5 per child) will be reimbursed. The researchers (Ben or Aaron) would be able to come to Cambridge to carry out interviews.

For more information, please contact Benjamin Hannon at or 07711227277.

This study has been approved by the UCL/UCLH Joint Research Office, Great Ormond Street Hospital Trust, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust.

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Cambridge NAS Annual General Meeting 2019

January 9th, 8.00-9.00pm

Chitra Sethia Autism Centre (Garden Room), Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF.

You are warmly invited to our AGM Meeting. This is an open Meeting for anyone to attend.

We will report on Branch Activities for the past year and our proposed activities for the coming year.

We will vote on our nominations for Branch Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits will be freely available.

Cambridge NAS organised Workshop on The Amazing Strengths of Autistic Girls

Sarah-Jane Critchley will be joining us for an exciting workshop on The Amazing Strengths of Autistic Girls on OCTOBER 31st.
Venue: Impington Village College (in The Pavilion), New Road, Impington, CB249LX
Time: 7-9pm (please arrive any time from 6.30pm for a 7pm start)

Tickets are available at:

In this interactive session you will learn:

• What is Autism and what does it look like in girls?
• Diagnosis – why it is so difficult
• What we know and what we don’t know from research
• Girls and Pathologic Demand Avoidance (PDA)
• Girls, friendships and bullying
• Experiences of autistic girls and women – what are the issues?
• Gender, sexuality and vulnerability
• Autism and eating disorders
• Strength, determination, focus and hope – the legacy of autistic women

About Sarah-Jane Critchley
Sarah-Jane is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing. She is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: the parents’ guide to living better with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and more…’, and ‘The Different Joy Planner’ and a contributing author to books on Girls and Autism to be published by Jessica Kingsley and Routledge in 2018 and has written for Charity Finance and ICSA. For over 10 years, Sarah-Jane was with the Autism Education Trust working with a range of stakeholders to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She has been instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of a number of workforce development programmes including training that has reached over 180,000 education-based staff in England in 6 years. Sarah-Jane was an influential member of the Transforming Autism Education project adapting the AET’s highly successful training programme to meet the context and needs of professionals in Italy and Greece funded by the EU ERASMUS programme.
She is a mother to two autistic teenagers (a late-diagnosed girl and a boy) and a husband on the autism spectrum.

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Free online workshop for parents of young children with autism

17th October at 10am – there will be a replay sent to those who register that will be available for 24 hrs for those who can’t attend the training live

Jenny Palmer is running an online workshop with a focus on one of the most frequent questions and concerns that we receive from parents of young ones – how do I go out without my child having an enormous meltdown! How do I go shopping? Why won’t they stop running off?…..

The workshop will run for about an hour and there will be loads of chance to ask questions.

Here is the sign up link

Think Autism Workshops in Peterborough

Suitable for parents and professionals supporting people with Autism of all ages.
Venue: Napier Place, Orton Wistow, Peterborough PE2 6XN


5 November 2018
The Core Features of Autism, 10am – 11.45am
Strategies for Autism, 12.15pm to 2pm

3 December 2018
Effective Communication, 10am to 11.45am
Behaviour Management 12.15pm to 2pm

28 January 2019
Sensory Differences, 10am to 11.45am.
Sleep Awareness, 12.15pm to 2pm.

1 Workshop £20
All day £37
Any 2 day ticket £70
All 5 day £165

1 workshop £30
All day £54
Any 2 day ticket £102
All 5 day £240

Lunch included on each all-day ticket.

For further information and to book your place



Discussion Forum to inform development of the new Cavendish Free School for autistic pupils

Discussion Forum: Designing educational environments for children and young people with autism

Date: Monday 15 October from 4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: Impington Village College Main Hall

As part of the process of designing and building The Cavendish School we are holding a discussion forum to share ideas and the latest research and to gather your thoughts and suggestions. We would love to see you at this event for teachers, practitioners, researchers and families. The outline programme is:

  1. Keynote Speaker: giving a personal perspective on education
  2. Focus sessions: a choice of 3 sessions each with speakers and a panel discussion.
  3. Legal, moral and ethical environments
  4. Social environments
  5. Learning environments
  6. Designing for the Future: what is the future of education for children and young people with autism?
  7. Question and Answer session

To register for tickets please follow this Eventbrite link:

Further details about the forum will be sent out nearer the date once you have registered.

If you are unable to attend the forum but would like to receive copies of the Q&A afterwards then please email

Information on transfer from DLA to PIP 1st October


Information on transfer from DLA (Disability Living Allowance) to PIP (Personal Independence Payment) benefits information session will be on Monday 1/10/2018 – 10 am to 12 noon.

This session – run by Pinpoint’s Preparing for Adulthood parent group – will give parent carers an overview of the transition to PIP and explain the process and assessments. Anjela Jones – Manager, from the Welfare Benefits Advice Team will be coming along to offer parents free support and assistance with claiming PIP and other connected benefits. Joseph Simon, Adult Autism Manager from the NAS will also be available during the session.

The venue details are:

Bar Hill Tesco Extra Community Room, 15-18 Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB238EL. Free parking is available for up to three hours. If you plan to stay longer, parking along Gladeside near the library is your best bet:,+Bar+Hill,+Cambridge+CB23+8DY/@52.2528319,0.018441,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8763e519ea427:0x6fd0ca5c7d569fe0!8m2!3d52.2528286!4d0.020635

Thank you to those of you that have booked on and if you would still like to come along, please call Pinpoint on 01480 877333 or email Jackie King

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Links with Huntingdon Jobcentre – Disability Employment Adviser to attend Maple Centre on 10th October, 1 pm – 2 pm.

The Disability Employment Adviser from Huntingdon Job Centre will be at our October Drop In session (Huntingdon) for an hour. He wants to listen to concerns and the difficulties people have experienced when attending their job centres, trying to access help, make claims, attend interviews, etc. He will be able to offer general advice and explain what help is available at, or via, Job Centres. Come and find out what help is available and how to access it.

The Drop In session is from 12 noon to 2 pm each month, so come and find out what we do anyway.

Cambridge NAS volunteers will also be at the session (as usual) to support, as well as one of the NAS Support Officers for Adults.

Hoffmann Foundation Art Competition: 6 weeks to closing date

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Prize Competition and Exhibition for 2018/19 will take place at Bruce Castle Museum and Gallery, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU, from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Thursday 28th February 2019.

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism has been providing an art service for adults with asc since 1991 and since 1994 there have been 45 one person and mixed exhibitions in London and elsewhere; we have provided a painting and drawing prize competition since 2009.

First Prize £500.00

Second Prize £350.00

Third Prize £150.00

Provided by the Shirley Foundation

The PJR Creative Building Prize

First Prize £250.00

Second Prize £150.00

Third Prize £100.00

Provided by PJR Creative Building

The Lillie Portrait Prize


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We have been very lucky in our supporters and in particular the generosity of the Shirley Foundation who have been providing cash prizes ever since we began. Special mention must also be made of PJR Creative Building’s who have contributed an inspired prize this year – Buildings of the Future, intended to stimulate the structural imagination of our artists. The portrait prize is also new this year and probably presents the biggest challenge of all.

All entrants are eligible for the main prize but artists should indicate on their entry form if they also intend their work to be entered for either of the prizes designated as ‘The Buildings of the Future’ or ‘The Portrait Prize’. From September artists should be able to download info & entry forms from our web-site and they can mail me for Competition Entry Forms, Rules of the Competition, How to get there etc.

The Prize Giving and the Private View will be held in February 2019 at a date to be arranged. It’s also hoped to show films about autism throughout, or at least about autistic themes, autistic central characters, autistic dilemmas and so on which I’m sure some will welcome as light relief. I will also try to find informed speakers, at least for the Private View, and persuade dignitaries to open the proceedings.

Submissions must be in by Wednesday 31st October 2018. Please send or take your work to: The Exhibition Coordinator, 2 Park Avenue, Wood Green, London N22 7EX

Phone 020 8881 8638



for an application form and Info Pack or general enquiries. You can also visit the Day Service between 15.00-16.00 weekdays to pick up forms etc.

Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Limited. Registered in England and Wales No.2169783
Registered Charity Number 298166 Registered Office at 4 Gordon Avenue, Stanmore HA7 3QD

The Dosoco Foundation funding for music projects

Applications open for music project funding
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 sixth 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 the four key areas of music education, music access, music innovation and music therapy. The Foundation seeks fresh ideas and welcomes applications from those who offer new ways to make music change lives.
Previous funding rounds have seen the Dosoco Foundation provide a total of more than £18,000 to support a broad range of music-related projects. As examples, the Foundation in the past has contributed to funding:
• A community choir in an area of Cambridge that did not have such a facility
• Music therapy for children with special needs, plus support for their families
• Instruments and tuition for young players with autism, cystic fibrosis and other conditions
• Singing workshops at local prisons
• Music therapy for dementia sufferers and their families. Several choirs for people with dementia have also been set up
• Music workshops, instruments or high-tech recording equipment for youth organisations, people with learning difficulties, or people with mental health or well being issues

Dosoco is a Community Interest Company set up for social good – specifically, to benefit the community through music-related projects that have the power to unlock people’s worlds. This is its sixth round of funding, following significant success with local projects since its inception in 2013.
The closing date for applications is Friday 26th October 2018 and awards will be announced by the end of November.
For more information about Dosoco and to apply, please go to and click on grants.