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The Autism Act

The implementation of the Autism Act, passed in 2009 was intended to lead the way in improving the lives of those with autism. Signalled as a new starting point the National Autistic Society (NAS) hoped to see changes throughout the country and conducted a national consultation to see the state of provision in each county with a repeat planned in summer 2013

In November 2019 the second Autism Act was due to be brought in by the government, but due to the chaos of Brexit and a general election it has been postponed until January 2020.Let's hope it has no further delays.

Accessible autism friendly cinema screenings,Hereford

Once a month friendly screenings at the Odeon Hereford are now in operation
They differ by having less sound and lights not so dimly lit. Also no adverts, just the film you want to see


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Animated explanation of Autism

This You Tube video demonstrates very easily what autism is all about, without lengthy explanations.It was made in April, by a group of professionals who want better understanding of autism to reach the masses. Click here

The company who put the video together have many other plans and projects currently being worked on.This is a quote from their website:

"We aim to plant a little understanding and acceptance of autism in future generations. There's a big lack of engaging visual material about autism for children, and we want to help fill this gap. By addressing this difficult topic at an early age we hope to help children understand the strengths, as well as the difficulties, associated with autism while preventing stigmas and erroneous stereotypes, which are usually borne out of misinformation.

Here's what we want to do

With help from various autism experts, we are inviting children on the autistic spectrum to share their own stories, experiences and view of the world, in their own words. We'll animate their words and put together 5 additional instalments to complete a 6 part series. The animations will be published online for free without geographic restrictions or advertising. It will be downloadable for use in locations without internet access and released under a Creative Commons license, therefore anyone will be able to use it anywhere as long as it's not being used for profit.

Will it work?

It's already working. This series is a follow-up project to Alex Amelines' introduction to autism for children by the same name: Amazing Things Happen. Since its release in April 2017 it has been viewed over 50 million times, dubbed into 19 languages and shared over a million times. We have been overwhelmed by positive, supportive messages from individuals on the spectrum, parents, teachers and autism professionals describing how it has helped them to explain and promote understanding of autism.

The company Kickstarter have other projects in hand that you or your children with autism may be able to be part of, so please check out their website to enable greater understanding and help for those affected by autism.
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Autism in Action film

Take a look at this film, shot locally by Rural Media in Herefordshire
This film was made working with people on the spectrum, who know first hand what it is like to be unemployed, yet are desperate to get a job
Rural Media also involved the Hereford branch of the NAS, and the Autism Partnership Board..
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Autism Passports to help when out and about or going to hospital

The NAS has produced some very useful personal passport templates which may be useful when going to new or stressful places. This might include hospital, the police,the doctors, or the job centre as well as other new surroundings.

The idea is that you can show the person who greets you, your NAS passport, in which you will have entered special information about yourself. It advises what upsets you, how stress affects your mood, and the fact that you do not have issues with mental capacity.

The personal passport can show simple pictures or icons which explain the difficulties you may experience. This might be the fact that touch by others disturbs you, which of course is something doctors and nurses may not realise, but need to do in order to help get treatment.

Some local GP surgeries are starting to realise these passports are important and copies may be in their racks of useful information leaflets.

However if you would like to download your own, then click on the links below to open, read and download both examples


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