Sunday, 10 February 2019

10th Anniversary of the Autism Act

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act. The Autism Act was a landmark in the battle to improve the lives of autistic adults and their families in England. It created an autism strategy and statutory guidance. This put a legal duty on government, councils and health services to provide specific support for autistic adults.

The Government is reviewing the autism strategy this year and this is an opportunity to campaign for change. The NAS are undertaking a survey to help with telling the government what needs to change.

Upcoming Meetings - February 2019

Coming up in February... 
Tuesday 12th February - The Farmhouse, Mackworth, 7pm to 9pm

Informal support group - come and join us for a chat and a cuppa (or a drink from the bar should you prefer!). We will be meeting in the library room and there will be tea & coffee set up in the room for people to help themselves to.

Please note: This month's group at Ravensdale School, scheduled for Friday 15th February has been cancelled.

Monday, 14 January 2019

NAS Women and Girls Module

This is an online module about autism in women and girls - and it is still free to access until the end of March. It takes a couple of hours to do, and includes lots of information and video clips.

IPSEA EHC Plan Masterclass for Parents and Carers

IPSEA are running a one-day training in Derby for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help guide you through the EHC plan process.

29th March, Roe Farm Community Centre, Chaddesden, Derby.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Focus Groups for Supporting Autistic People

Focus groups on what staff need to know to support autistic people
(this is a national consultation - not just Derbyshire)

Skills for Care, Skills for Health, the National Autistic Society and Opening Minds Consultancy are working together to develop a ‘core capabilities framework’ about autism. This framework will say what staff need to know and do, so that they have the right skills and knowledge to support autistic people properly. To help them do this they want to talk to autistic people, families, and staff who support them, and are running five focus groups in January 2019. If you want to get involved - please visit the website -
The sessions will be on;
■21 January in Sheffield
■23 January in London
■28 January in Sale near Manchester
■29 January in Birmingham
■The morning session (10.00-12.30) is for paid staff who support autistic people. These could be people who work in social care, health or any other public services who need to make their service more useful to autistic people.
■The afternoon session (13.15-15.45) is for people with lived experience of autism. This means autistic people and family and friends of people with autism.
Some people might have lived experience and work in a role that supports autistic people – you can choose to attend one or both of the sessions.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Act for Autism Film

The lovely ladies from Act for Autism delivered a workshop for the Branch last week. As part of this - they showed a film they have made with autistic young people. The film was great - with the young people talking about how autism affects them and the kind of things that are helpful for them.

The film is available on their website - and is a great resource to show both to other young people, parents and professionals;

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

NAS Education Rights Service

The Education Rights Service provides impartial and confidential information and support to families on school education rights and entitlements.

The Education Advice Lines can help when you want general information about your child’s educational rights and entitlements or advice on specific topics such as getting extra help in school, assessments, education plans, reviews or school transport. 
The Tribunal Support Lines can help you consider your options if you have a right of appeal against a decision about your child’s educational needs.
Leave a message on the 24-hour answering service and they will call you back – 0808 800 4102 (free from landlines and most mobiles). You will usually hear from one of the specialist volunteers within 3-5 working days, although this can take longer at busy times. 

For more information please visit