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;

Future Meeting - November

Coming up in November...

Employment talk in November...

Tuesday 6th November - The Farmhouse, Mackworth 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us to hear Rob, one of our branch Members, talking about his experiences of being autistic in the workplace.
Please email to book places. 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Future Meetings - October

Coming up in October... 

Tuesday 9th October - The Farmhouse, Derby 7pm to 8pm 

We are planning the themed discussion for the hour - but have the room available until 9 if people want to stay on to chat longer.

We are planning on having some topic evenings, where we will get together as a group to discuss and share ideas around a specific topic.
Tonight's topic is autism in women and girls - which will be a chance to share experiences about how autism might be experienced differently by women and girls. Lorraine will be facilitating the session - and having been one of the content writers involved in the NAS Women and Girls module - hopefully can share some bits of learning from that! (

Thursday 18th October - Stanton Vale School, Long Eaton 10:00am to 10:30am

Informal support group - come and join us for a chat and a cuppa!

Friday 19th October - Ravensdale School, Derby 9.30am to 10.30am

Informal support group - come and join us for a chat and a cuppa!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Harrogate NAS Branch Conference

The Branch in Harrogate are running a conference on autism and eating disorders. It takes place on Monday 12th November 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm

We realise that Harrogate is a bit of a trek - but its a really good opportunity to see these speakers if the topic is of interest. 

The conference is aimed at professionals, autistic people and families.

For more information - please visit their website -

The curly hair project - autism learning days in Nottingham

The curly hair project ( are running a day in Nottingham on 20th November for autistic adults, parents and carers and anyone working with autistic adults or autistic children.

There are 5 different sessions, so you can choose to go to just 1 or get an all-day ticket to attend all 5!

Talk 1: Understanding and managing anxiety 10.30- 11.30am

Talk 2: Social Energy Theory (this theory about socialising will change your life!) 11.45- 12.45pm

Talk 3: What is sensory processing and how does it affect autistic people? 1.30- 2.30pm

Talk 4: Understanding and managing strong and atypical emotions 2.45- 3.30pm

Video: A Day At Primary School For The Girl With The Curly Hair & discussion 

For more information - please visit their website -

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

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Scropton Riding for the Disabled

They are a Derbyshire based Riding and Driving Centre providing therapeutic and developmental horse riding and driving lessons for disabled participants. They run lessons 6 days per week, 50 weeks per year for a wide range of abilities and experience, from beginner to sports level. 

As the weather improves during Spring our diary quickly starts to fill up again, but they are always keen to reach out to new people and groups wanting to join them to ensure everyone has chance to try our horse activities. If anyone within wishes to ride or drive, please contact them and they will do their best to find a slot within the right lesson. 

Please contact them directly for more information - or call us on 01283 812753 (this number is only manned between 10am and 3pm daily).