We are holding our branch AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th April. It will be an online event and anyone from Cambridgeshire with an interest in autism is welcome to attend.
7.30pm Tuesday 23rd February
As our monthly carers support group has been suspended during lockdown, we are now offering the same support in an online Zoom meeting format. This will be a chance to meet other parents and carers facing similar challenges, swap ideas, and find out about support and activities in the local area. Anyone caring for a child or adult with ASD is very welcome to attend. Please book on Eventbrite.
ACE was created by the charity the Autism Research Trust, and is home to Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre (ARC) and will also provide clinical, educational and life skills services across the lifespan, for autistic people and their families. The mission of ACE is to promote wellbeing for autistic people, and to promote autism research.
You can read more about ACE here.
They are now looking for members of the autism community to be involved in the shaping and direction of ACE. ACE is looking for people to join their Steering Group or to be a panel member.
Who can be involved?
- autistic adults
- parents and/or carers of autistic people
- people with an autistic family member
- clinicians, educators, social care workers, and other relevant professionals
For more information and how to apply see the online form
The Cavendish School, the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school is officially set to open on the outskirts of Cambridge in Autumn 2021.
Based in Impington, The Cavendish School will also be Cambridgeshire’s first state maintained special free school provision for young people with autism.
Join the virtual launch taking place via Zoom on Wednesday 21 October at 6pm, to meet the school team, hear about the school’s journey to date, key updates on plans for the school, what lies ahead of the opening next year and, most importantly, get answers to any questions you may have.
For more information, including how to book a place and ask questions visit: http://www.thecavendishschool.org.uk/
The Cavendish School is Cambridgeshire’s new special free school for young people with autism, scheduled to open in September 2021.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Cavendish School, and would like to attend a socially distanced group visit at one of the following times, please email
jbickley@TMET.org.uk to book your place:
- 10am on Monday 14 September
- 5pm on Monday 21 or Wednesday 30 September
The NAS have produced a guide for parents to help you prepare your child for the transition back to school, following the easing of some of the Government’s Covid-19 lockdown measures. There will be a lot of changes for them to manage and the guide helps you talk to them about what to expect and ways to help reduce anxiety.
The National Autistic Society are updating their national website at www.autism.org.uk
It will be launched by the end of August and you can see a preview here. The website is a great resource with lots of information and a searchable directory of service providers.
Our website here at the Cambridge Branch will still be the same!
The SEND Information Advice Support Service (SENDIASS) is expanding its service in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. This service is available to provide support to parents/carers of young people with special education needs and disabilities. This support is currently available via telephone or Skype drop ins.
For more information and to contact the team see the Fenland & East Cambs Opportunity Area website
Caring Together, a charity supporting carers, are offering a free online course for parents and carers of children with autism – the Hope programme.
The Hope Programme is a six-week online group peer-support course based on positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy originally developed by Coventry University. It covers topics such as mindfulness, goal setting, anxiety, fatigue and stress management, healthy eating, physical activity and working with health care teams.
For more information on the Hope programme and how to book see the Caring Together website
Fathima Kodakkadan at Anglia Ruskin University is carrying out a study comparing the factors influencing the stress and resilience among the British Indian parents of children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).
If you are interested in taking part there is more information and contact details here. There is a chance for you to WIN £50 for participating in this survey.