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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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Flight cards for people with Autism

If you are travelling on board a flight with someone who has autism, did you know there are picture cards available to help explain what is happening as you board and take off?
The cards have been developed by a former British Airways stewardess, who now has a son with autism.
The laminated picture cards also have simplistic written sentences to help travellers cope better with the strange happenings around them. There are different versions to cater for the various levels of reading age. They are also suitable for adults with autism too.

Click here to view the link.

GP satisfaction for Autism patients/ their family carers

From time to time, it's important to get information out and feedback from those who are at the forefront of autism, and this is one such time!

It was identified at the Autism Partnership Board recently that GPs are very important people with regard to those on the spectrum, and in collaboration with Healthwatch the Board are seeking those who are either on the spectrum or their parent/ carers to participate in a survey online. It asks:

What do you think about GP services in Herefordshire?

This survey is based on the recommendations from the Royal College of GPs, because they made Autism a clinical priority 2014-2017. Were you even aware of this or perhaps have noticed a change in approach/ understanding towards you?

It's very important to get the picture right across the country, so that both good practise and need is demonstrated. Is rural Herefordshire achieving or neglecting the needs of those on the spectrum? Money or cuts should not come in to this priority. Simple actions by GPs can make such a difference.

You will see from articles in this magazine the effect it has when people receive an assessment and diagnosis.

The survey asks questions such as:

Is your GP aware of your condition or need for assessment?
Do your medical notes reflect the diagnosis? (at the top)
Is a specific code on your notes indicating to the diagnosis to the receptionist?
Do you have a Patient Passport, and do you use it?
Are appointments lengthened to accommodate your need?
Has your GP practice had autism awareness training?
Are there good or bad things you would like to mention about the GP practice?
Your age and sex
The name of the practice

All answers are confidential to the survey, but without them, making Autism a clinical priority will not succeed. Just check out the online link, it will only take a few minutes!

to view the link.

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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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

Click here
to view the link.

Autism why champion the cause?

The implementation of the Autism Act, passed in 20009 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#&39s hope it has no further delays.