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National Autistic Society awards

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Together Trust shortlisted for two National Autistic Society awards

The Together Trust is delighted to have been shortlisted for Outstanding Health Service and Most Inspirational Social Care Professional for the National Autistic Society’s autism professional’s awards. 

The National Autistic Society awards are a significant acknowledgement of outstanding autism practice. The Trust’s Sleep Tight Trafford team have been shortlisted for the Outstanding Health Services award and residential home manager, Carmel Perry, has been shortlisted for the Most Inspirational Social Care Professional award. To get through to the final for two awards is an incredible achievement for the Sleep Tight team and Carmel, but also for the Trust as a whole.  

Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

With the growing teacher shortage it has become more and more difficult for schools to source and retain suitably qualified and experienced SEN Teachers for specific teaching roles within special education.

Key Skills Education is an inner London based education recruitment agency providing teachers and support staff for schools and education centres across London and the Home Counties specifically for long term and permanent positions.  We have developed a specialist SEN division which is dedicated to sourcing high-quality SEN Teachers for a range of posts in a variety of schools and education centres across London and surrounding areas.

Autism East Midlands Wins Charity Times Award with Brain in Hand

Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology.  Its use of Brain in Hand has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of its service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements.

Implementing Brain in Hand as part of a Positive Behaviour Support programme across Autism East Midlands has changed the nature of incidents and the strategies used to support individuals.  The length and severity of interventions have decreased and requirement for restraint has reduced.  This has enabled staff to focus more time on proactive and positive development activities.

Notts County Football Club sign the Autism Alliance Charter

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Notts County Football Club have opened three sensory rooms at Meadow Lane, becoming the first EFLclub to provide specialist facilities for those who experience anxiety in stadium environments. In a ceremony which also saw the club sign the Autism Alliance charter, the rooms were officially opened ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match against Grimsby Town by Notts head grounds man Trevor Hutchinson and his daughter Tyler, who has complex learning difficulties including Autism.

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

This year’s ‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ takes place on 16 September at ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, in Stockton-on-Tees.

Showcasing the diverse talents of individuals on the autistic spectrum, the roadshow is a spin-off from Autism’s Got Talent – launched by the autism charity Anna Kennedy Online and created by Anna Kennedy OBE.

AnnaKennedyonline and Daisy Chain Charities are working together again to stage the event, after a successful roadshow last year at Teesside University. Anna Kennedy is patron of Daisy Chain and several key autism charities and support groups.

She said ‘Autism’s Got Talent’ is a special event that is “one of a kind, and is extremely poignant to those with autism and their families. 

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

As some of our favourite literary characters hit the big screen, one charity is asking their autism friendly cinema guests to visit their local library and spread the autism friendly message.

Building on the success of their monthly autism friendly cinema screenings, learning disability and autism support provider, Dimensions, launched autism friendly libraries in partnership with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. 

By providing training and resources, they hope to see libraries across the country making a few simple adjustments to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for their guests on the autistic spectrum.

Latest wave of free schools include centre for pupils with autism

Eighteen new free schools have been announced today in the first wave of free schools for this Parliament, providing 9,000 new school places.

The new schools to be created include a Vocational Learning Free School, in Cheshire, which will help children with severe learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder.

Announcing the latest pioneering free schools the prime minister David Cameron pledged “not waver” in his commitment to open 500 new free schools over the next 5 years, creating 270,000 school places across the country.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan also called on more groups to “step forward, invest in the next generation and reap the rewards” that opening a free school can bring.