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Welcome to the latest edition of our Events Bulletin!

Autism Network Scotland would like to signpost you to a number of events taking place across Scotland. We hope you will find this useful.

This edition includes upcoming events until mid-October. All of these events are also listed on our Events Calendar.

If you are attending or organising any kind of activity that you would like to see featured in our upcoming events bulletinsplease send us an email with the full details.

Please feel free to share this bulletin with your friends and colleagues.

Best wishes,

The Autism Network Scotland Team



Health and Wellbeing for Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum: A Learning Event - October 28 2015

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On Wednesday, 28th October 2015, Autism Network Scotland and Scottish Women's Autism Network present:

Health and Wellbeing for Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum: A Learning Event

Bookings are now open for this all-day event at The University of Strathclyde. To book your place please click here.

This event will be an opportunity for spectrum women, family members/carers and practitioners to come together to exchange information and experiences.

Key themes will be: Supporting health and wellbeing through life transitions, Relationships and Healthcare experiences, with presentations and interactive sessions on each topic.

This event follows on from the success of our event 'Women, Girls and the Autism Spectrum' in April, which you can find details of on the Autism Network Scotland website here. This includes videos and Powerpoints of the presentations from the day, and a summary report of the workshop sessions.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this event, or have any problems with the booking process, then please email ANS Advisor Annie Watson or call 0141 444 8146.

More information about the event can be found on the Autism Network Scotland website.



Autism Network Scotland's Employment Network Event - October 5 2015


Autism Network Scotland’s Employment Network, chaired by Richard Ibbotson, Director of Autism Initiatives Scotland, has been continuing to work on its project targeting employers to show the benefits of hiring autistic people. On Monday 5th October 2015, the Employment Network will host its third annual event on Autism and Employment at the University of Strathclyde. The event will look at the employment process through finding and getting a job, starting in a new job, and support once in work from the perspectives of people on the autism spectrum, services that support them, and employers. Attendees will also hear an update on the work of Autism Network Scotland's Employment Network, and the Scottish context for supported employment.

This free event is now fully booked but we shall be making speaker presentations and other information gathered from the event available via the ANS website.



Project Ability presents Young Talent 2015 - until 24 October 2015


Location: Project Ability, Glasgow

Until 24 Oct 2015

Project Ability's annual Create exhibition is back for 2015!

Each year Young Talent showcases and celebrates the artwork created by children and young people from the Create Programme, now in its 15th year. For 2015 Project Ability are presenting a diverse selection of painting, drawing, sculpture and film from our Saturday Visual Arts Programme for children and young people aged 5-21 and our Art Matters Programme for young people aged 21-28.

Young Talent provides Project Ability’s youngest artists with a unique platform to display their creative achievements, produced in our workshops through experimentation with multi-layered artistic practices and methods. Each year young artists produce a distinctive collective display which punctuates the year with a colourful playground of artwork of different techniques and visions, a wealth of experimentation, innovation and adventure.

Project Ability’s Create programme engages with children and young people with disabilities in a wide range of creative activities including visual arts, film and new media. The programme includes evening and weekend workshops, one-off projects, events, film screenings and exhibitions. All of the activities are tailored to the individuals the Project works with and are fully inclusive, working with individuals, families, schools, voluntary sector groups and other arts organisations with a target participant age group of 5 – 25 years.

Visit Project Ability for more information.



Parents' Drop-In Autism Information Sessions at the Pines - 17 September, 1 October 2015

Location: The Pines, Inverness

The National Autistic Society Scotland and Chip+ welcome parents to a new series of Autism Information Sessions. The sessions take place monthly, usually on the first Thursday of the month, and are held at The Pines in Drummond Road, Inverness. All parents/carers of a young person with autism are very welcome to come along. The sessions run from 10am-12 noon.

This session at 10am on Thursday 17 September is about internet safety.

The session at 10am on Thursday 1 October is about living with co-existing conditions.

For more information on these sessions, visit the Autism Network Scotland website.



Kidz Scotland Exhibition - 17 September 2015


Location: Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh

One of the largest, free UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, their families and the professionals who work with them.

Over 120 exhibitors offering advice and information on funding, mobility, seating, beds, communication, access, education, toys, transport, style, sensory, sports and leisure and more.

Running alongside the event are free seminars for parents and professionals. Topics include: Moving and Handling, Sleep Issues, Continence Issues, Direct Payments, Parental Experiences, Transition, Legal Advice and more besides.

Find out how to attend by visiting our website.



Project Ability Quiz Night - 17 September 2015




PECS Level 1 2-Day Workshop - 21 September 2015


21 & 22 September - Jurys Inn, Glasgow

What could be more valuable than giving your student/child the ability to communicate? PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is a tried-and-tested approach that uses pictures to develop communication skills in children and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. Easy to access, affordable to implement and scientifically supported as one of the most effective interventions, PECS is an opportunity to open the door to spontaneous communication.

This workshop is the basic accredited training in PECS and recommended for parents as well as professionals.

For more information, including prices and how to attend, please visit our website.



Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions - 21 September, 6, 26 & 27 October 2015




PECS' SoSAFE Social-Sexual Training - 23 September 2015

Location: Jurys Inn, Glasgow

Many people with complex learning needs have difficulties in understanding the rules around social relationships and intimacy.
Problems with memory and language development in addition to poor comprehension of certain concepts; such as touch, can contribute to these learners struggling with staying safe in relationships and social situations.

In order to support these learners to develop and maintain successful relationships Pyramid Educational Consultants are bringing a new programme to the U.K. The SoSAFE! Programme is a visual teaching tool which enables learners to develop their abilities in managing; and communicating about their relationships.

The highly acclaimed Australian SoSAFE!®programme provides PSHE co-ordinators, teachers, counsellors and parents with simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of these individuals.

For more information on this training session, see the Autism Network Scotland website.



Autism-Friendly Film Screenings - 27 September, 4, 18 & 19 October 2015


Dimensions has teamed up with major cinemas across Scotland to present Autism-Friendly Film Screenings on Sunday mornings around the country.

What makes the screenings autism friendly?

  • The lights will be on low
  • The volume will be turned down
  • There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
  • You’ll be able to take your own food and drinks
  • You’ll be able to move around the cinema if you like.

27 September - See Moomins on the Riviera at selected Vue cinemas on Sunday 27th September at 10am, from only £1.99.

4 October - Cineworld's next autism friendly screening is Pixels (12A) on Sunday 4th October at 11am.

18 October - ODEON's next autism friendly film screening is Hotel Transylvania 2 on Sunday 18th October at 11:30am.

19 October - ODEON's next Autism Friendly Screening for older audiences is Pan (TBC) on Monday 19th October at 6:00pm. This film is at 10 selected cinemas.

For details of all screenings, visit the Dimensions website.



Autism & Anxiety: Paddling not Floating? - 29 September 2015


Location: The Pines, Inverness

Females on the spectrum have been described as being like swans – appearing to glide across the surface of life but paddling furiously under the surface just to keep afloat

The Pines is delighted to welcome leading speaker, Dr Catriona Stewart, to speak to local parents and carers.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Email the National Autistic Society to book your place.



Thinking about Independence - 29 September 2015


Supporting individuals with autism to acquire and develop skills for independent living can be a challenge for many parents and carers of people on the spectrum. This seminar will explore some of the reasons why learning, retaining and using daily living skills can, for some, be very problematic.

Scottish Autism staff will combine sound autism knowledge and their direct experience to provide delegates with examples of practical strategies that enable both children and adults to develop these vital skills that many of us take for granted.

Find out more about this event by visiting the Autism Network Scotland website.



Supporting People with Learning Disabilities to become more Physically Active, Eat Healthily and Manage their Weight - 1 October 2015


Location: MacDonald Crutherland House, East Kilbride

Key experts and experienced practitioners will share knowledge updates, current information, good practice and practical advice, so you can best support individuals with learning disabilities to eat healthily, maintain a healthy weight and be more active.

To find out more about this event, please visit the Autism Network Scotland website.



Autism, Intensive Interaction and Sensory Experiences - 10 October 2015


Location: Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre, London

The Caldwell Autism Foundation, in partnership with Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre, invite you to a day in the company of two of the UK’s leading Intensive Interaction practitioners.

At this one-off event, Phoebe Caldwell, the renowned author, trainer and Intensive Interaction practitioner, and Janet Gurney, founder and chief executive of Us in a Bus, address the themes of autism, Intensive Interaction and sensory experiences.

Phoebe and Janet will share their deep understanding and insights from a combined sixty-year career of supporting individuals with autism. Their presentation will include two Q&A sessions, video footage and a range of case studies.

This event presents a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of autism, Intensive Interaction and the sensory experiences of people who have autism.

Find out more about this event by visiting our website.



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