Autism

National Autistic Society – Spectrum Live Streaming

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Join the National Autistic Society on their Facebook page for a special live event, starting at 7:00pm on Wednesday 13 March. They will be live streaming experts, as well as speaking to autistic people and families about what it means to get an autism diagnosis.

NAS will be covering the different routes available to getting a diagnosis, what an autism assessment should look like and how you can help to campaign to reduce the length of time people have to wait for an autism diagnosis.

During the show there will be a segment where your questions will be answered, so make sure you like the Facebook page if you’d like to get involved.

If you have a question around the topic of diagnosis, you can submit your question in advance here. There’ll also be a chance during the live stream too.

Home Bargains Introduce Quiet Hour for Autistic People

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Following the lead of a number of supermarkets, discount retailer Home Bargains in Halifax, has introduced a weekly quiet hour to create a calmer environment for shoppers with autism. The quiet shopping hour takes place every Saturday, between 9:00am to 10:00am across all of its stores and sees the stores’ music turned off and its tannoy set aside, used for urgent announcements only.

The initiative was created in conjunction with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people, which has advised on creating the ideal environment for shoppers with autism. Those who suffer from autism can find loud noises and sudden movements distressing.

Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: “We have introduced the Quiet Hour to add a peaceful element to retail therapy. Home Bargains stores can be busy places, which can be potentially overwhelming for people with autism, especially at this time of year. We have created the quieter and calmer environment to enable all of our customers to have an enjoyable and relaxing shopping experience. We will continually assess where we can support each and every one of our 5 million weekly shoppers, whatever their situation.”

Tom Purser, head of campaigns at the National Autistic Society, said: “We are very pleased to hear that Home Bargains is introducing a quiet hour into its stores to make shopping a little easier for autistic people and their families, having taken part in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour in October. “We hear from autistic people and their families that shops and other public spaces can be challenging because of bright lights, strong smells and crowds or queues, all of which can cause them to feel overwhelmed. Our research shows that 64 per cent of autistic people avoid the shops and 28 per cent have been asked to leave a public place for reasons associated with their autism. “There are 700,000 autistic people in the UK and their needs aren’t always immediately obvious. We know a basic understanding and small changes like quiet hours could transform the lives of autistic people and their families, allowing them to take part in activities that many people can take for granted. We hope more shops will be inspired by Home Bargains and do their bit to help make sure autistic people and their families have the same opportunities as everyone else.”

Morrisons Introduce Quiet Hour for Those with Autism

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Morrisons Supermarkets is introducing a ‘Quieter Hour’ across all stores from this Saturday 21 July. From 9:00am until 10:00am every Saturday morning, they will attempt to make the store environment quieter and calmer for customers. For more information see po.st/QHour.

A statement from Morrisons reads;

This new initiative has been created with the support of the National Autistic Society. Many people who are autistic or those with autistic children can find shopping in a supermarket an anxious experience. Having carried out a trial earlier in the year in our Lincoln, Woking and Gainsborough stores, we identified improvements that could be made as well as the best time for the Quieter Hour to take place.

“Around 700,000 people are on the autism spectrum in the UK. This means they see, hear and feel the world differently to other people, often in a more intense way. Morrisons ‘Quieter Hour’ is a step in the right direction for autistic people who find supermarket shopping a real struggle.”
Daniel Cadey, the from the National Autistic Society

Listening to customers, we found that one in five had a friend or family member with autism* and many liked the idea of being able to shop in more comfort at 9-10am on a Saturday. Angela Gray, Morrisons Community Champion at Woking said: “I was involved in the initial trial as my son is autistic and we found that these changes made a real difference. The trial showed there is a need for a quieter shopping experience for some customers.”

During Quieter Hours, our stores will:

  • Dim the lights
  • Turn music and radio off
  • Avoid making tannoy announcements
  • Reduce movement of trolleys and baskets
  • Turn checkout beeps and other electrical noises down
  • Place a poster outside to tell customers it’s Quieter Hour

BBCF – Builder Workshop (for children with ASD) – Saturday 30 June

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There are still places left in this workshop on Saturday 30 June, 10:00am-11:30pm is for children (aged 5+) who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or awaiting a diagnosis.

In addition, we welcome their siblings to join in the activities at Rowley Poleys, 74 Bradford Road, Brighouse HD6 4AA

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council. The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session the children will be provided a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.

Notes

  • Parents/Carers must remain at the venue.
  • A simple form must be completed by parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.
  • Parents/Carers are responsible for all children.

Tickets are just £3 but booking is essential at Eventbrite.

BBCF – Builder Workshop (for children with ASD) – Sunday 10 June

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This workshop on Sunday 10 June, 10:30am-12:00pm is for children (aged 5+) who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or awaiting a diagnosis.

In addition, we welcome their siblings to join in the activities at Square Chapel Arts Centre (Cornerstone Room).

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council. The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session the children will be provided a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.

Notes

  • Parents/Carers must remain at the venue.
  • A simple form must be completed by parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.
  • Parents/Carers are responsible for all children.

Tickets are just £3 but booking is essential at Eventbrite.

Tooth Care Training For Children With Special Needs

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Parents and carers of children with learning difficulties, autism and any of a range of special needs are only too aware of how difficult it is to teach their lovely children the basics of life that come as routine to others – including looking after their teeth.

That’s why the Dentaid mobile van will be calling at Sensory World for a special event just for children with special needs on 16 December, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Making tooth care fun and interesting is what this event is all about.

Fun and games inside Sensory World and a visit to the big white van outside to turn tooth care into an adventure.

Just £5 for some fun training about caring for growing teeth.

No booking required – but if you are able please give Linda a call on 07801 065589 if you are planning to visit, just to help with the planning.

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