In this section, we would like to highlight a number of news and projects that may be of interest to you. You might wish as a professional to share this information with families and individuals with ASD.
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COSLA Excellence Gold Award 2016: Achieving Better Outcomes for Autism
Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils were recently awarded a Gold Excellence Award for their work on the Autism Strategy.
The Autism Strategy demonstrated a widespread engagement undertaken to raise awareness of autism through a range of creative and public events. These included art exhibitions, film screenings, musical productions and debates. A number of innovative resources have also been developed to support the implementation of the new strategy including a new app to support individuals through transition, a new website with details of services, wider engagement with people and families through social media, and support and training programmes for professionals and parents.
COSLA President Councillor David O'Neill, who chaired the judging panel, said “Every one of our finalists have set new standards for excellence, and demonstrated effective ways of dealing with some of Scotland’s most complex issues. But more than anything else, I have been struck by the sheer determination and passion that council workers and our partners have for improving outcomes in their local communities”
Autism Awareness Month 2017: From Diagnosis to Intervention
When? 25th March 2017 9.30am–13.00pm |Registration starts at 9am
Where? Raploch Community Campus, Drip Rd, Stirling FK8 1SD
The Autism Strategy for Stirling & Clackmannanshire
Celebrating Autism Awareness Month 2017
Autism: from diagnosis to intervention
- 9.00-9.30 am Registration
- 9.30- 9.40: Living with Autism in Stirling and Clackmannanshire
- 9.40-10.10: Behaviour management, Plus Stirling
- 10.10-10.40: Social stories- Vicki McCarthy, Reach for Autism
- 10.40-11.00 Right click- Dr Catriona Stewart, Scottish Autism
- 11.00- 11.30: Market Place & Idea wall for views of parents/ possible video corner. Coffee and tea
- 11.30- 12.00. Mindfulness- David Murray Edu Psychologist, Stirling Council.
- 12.00- 13.30: SMART model- Dr Judith Piggot, NHS Forth Valley.
We are also screening Life, Animated with Q&A on 4th April 2017 at the Macrobert Art Centre 7;15pm, information on this event to follow shortly.
Macrobert Sunday Socials
The Sunday Social during January and February 2017 is a pilot and it is hoped that it will become a regular drop-in session for adults who would like to socialise in a supported environment with some creative input. The group is especially useful for adults (16+) who benefit from additional support around their mental health.
Aim of the sessions:
- To create a safe regular social space
- To address a need for activity on a Sunday
- To support mental health and wellbeing
- Providing access to creative opportunity
- Linking in to Macrobert Arts Centre’s Dance, Film, Theatre, and Visual Art programme
- For Macrobert Arts Centre to identify advantageous creative outlets for adults with additional support needs.
Sessions will be curated for creative workshops, however will be open for discussion and led by the needs to the group.
Sessions take place on Sundays, 2-4pm on the following dates:
22nd January – Visual Arts
29th January – Visual Arts
5th February – Visual Art/Drama
12th February – Visual Art/Drama
19th February – Visual Art/Drama
26th February – Film
Please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01786466627 if you would like to join the group.
‘Partners in Policymaking’ is an internationally recognised leadership development programme for parents of disabled children (up to the age of 18) and disabled adults, including people with learning difficulties, sensory impairments and physical impairments.
This programme is free to participants, offering a chance to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to campaign and advocate for better treatment and social justice for disabled people within our society.
The programme is designed for parents and adults who:
- think that life for disabled children and adults could be better
- want to improve the way things are now, but don’t know where to start
Some people on the programme will already be members of groups and organisations who are working for change, while others may be new to this. By the end of the programme participants should expect to be better able to contribute to the successful implementation of self-directed support.
CLICK HERE to for further information on the programme.
CLICK HERE to view a Programme Descriptor.