Youth and Families Matter Support Group, Totton, with NAS Branch Chair David Carter

13 May 2019

Chair of the local NAS branch, David Carter, gave an excellent introduction to autism talk to a diverse audience at Totton Baptist Church for the Youth and Families Matter Support Group. Among the facts and figures of associated with autism in the UK, perhaps the most striking was that more than 1 in 100 people are currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition, with many more going undiagnosed. Each diagnosis has an effect on families, friends and peers, meaning the impact of autism today reaches millions. Although there are many associated conditions that present alongside a diagnosis of autism, David was clear to point out that dealing with anxiety or learning difficulties is not specific to autism, these are just made more visible in autistic people because of a lack of support in the current social infrastructure.              

David’s talk brought together a number of views, presenting a clear and concise introduction to autism that will have a direct positive impact for those who attended, or indirectly for the people the attendees will speak to about the event in the future. It was great to hear about some of the local initiatives and businesses making changes to support people with an autism diagnosis, showing that through commitment and communication, small changes can begin to take place in our region, improving awareness about autism and what we can all do to support our community as a whole.  

These events are often free and the organisers would love for more people to attend, so please be sure to look at the website for more information: http://www.youthandfamiliesmatter.org.uk/parent-support-groups/

NAS AGM with Sarah-Jane Critchley

29 April 2019

Nearly 100 people attended the AGM for the South Hampshire Branch of the National Autistic Society. The annual event showcased the work going on around Hampshire to help support people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, as well as maintaining connections between different groups, institutions and individuals.

The meeting was followed by a talk from Sarah-Jane Critchley. She is an author, speaker and has been the Programme Head of the Autism Education Trust since 2008. She spoke openly about school exclusions, showing the correlation between exclusion and autism in the UK, and links to other sociological factors. This issue is closely linked to the mental health of each autistic child, but also their parents as well, and Sarah-Jane contextualised many of these difficult issues in a proactive and insightful way.

The talk was excellent, and really conveyed the importance of improving the current narrative about autism in schools, as well as highlighting that school exclusions are not the result of problematic children, but rather the result of a problematic system on a national scale.

For more local events, get in touch with the NAS via their regional website: http://www.shantsnas.org.uk/

NAS Seminar with Sarah Hendrickx

02 March 2019

This event run by the South Hampshire branch of the National Autistic Society featuring guest speaker Sarah Hendrickx. Sarah did an incredible job of explaining some of these issues women with autism face throughout their lives, from childhood to the menopause and beyond. There was some great engagement form the audience, who responded very positively to Sarah's approach to understanding what autism means for different people at different stages of their lives.

There are a number of events and groups being run across Hampshire. Do keep a look out for events near you. A large part of the work of the Southern Autism Practice is to engage with the wider autism community, and create dialogues between individuals and businesses all approaching education and support in different ways. If you would like to know more, or would like to arrange a session, please get in contact and we will do our best to help.

For more local events, get in touch with the NAS via their regional website: http://www.shantsnas.org.uk/