Our Drop in Groups for adults with autism in Bournemouth and Dorchester held special breakfast events last week in support of our Big Brekkie campaign. Those that came along also shared their thoughts and experiences of having autism and being supported by our services, to celebrate our 50th Birthday.
We have an even bigger reason to celebrate our annual Big Brekkie campaign! Every April, we ask supporters to host a fundraising breakfast to highlight World Autism Awareness Day and this year it's also our 50th birthday!
Stuart, a resident at Middle Path Home, is celebrating overcoming his fear of heights by successfully completing an abseil. With the dedicated support of staff, he made the fantastic achievement on an activity holiday at the Calvert Trust in Exmoor.
We are delighted to announce that we are teaming up with our Ambassador Harry Redknapp to launch a campaign to make football more autism friendly. The Autism Friendly Football campaign will support football clubs to make small changes that will make a big difference to anyone affected by autism.
An inspirational teacher will have a lasting positive impact on our lives. If we are lucky we will all have been positively influenced by at least one passionate, dynamic, inspirational teacher. If we are really lucky our children will experience such a life changing encounter for themselves.
Politics is just one of the many topics we have discussed at Dorchester Drop In Group. The group has been running for over 5 years now and has a regular membership of adults on the autism spectrum. During the 2017 General Election run up, our members wanted to learn more about the different political parties and what they stood for.
Did you know that new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines published this month recommend that GPs set up registers of which patients are on the autism spectrum? Many people are surprised that this is not something that already happens as standard but some people might have concerns about what this means.
Stagecoach Group has celebrated its 20th anniversary running South West Trains by donating a generous £10,000 to fund our Information and Advice service. We were one of four charities adopted by South West Trains in 2016 as part of its 20 for 20 campaign.
Author, Gillan Drew recently spoke at our latest "My Life with Autism" event. Gillan talked candidly about his experiences of living with autism. He touched on his childhood, workplace experiences and relationships, including those with his wife and daughter, sharing how his autism has presented both challenges and strengths.
Recently there has been lots of news coverage of tragic events which can difficult for us all to process. We have been thinking about how families can support children with autism with their understanding, thoughts and feelings about these events and have put together some ideas below: