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18 Aug 2014

Open days announced at Ambitious College

We will be hosting open days for parents/carers and professionals in September 2014 for Ambitious College, our specialist further education provision for learners with complex autism aged 19-25 based at Barnet and Southgate College’s Grahame Park site.
06 Aug 2014

The Rise School judged ready to open by Ofsted

We are delighted to announce that following an inspection by Ofsted, The Rise School has been judged as ready to open. All areas of the school business were inspected and Ofsted found that The Rise School met the Independent School Standards, the requirement for free school pre-opening.
01 Aug 2014

Full route announced for Manchester to London Challenge cycle ride

The full route for the Manchester to London Challenge cycling ride has been announced. Taking place on Sunday 7 September, this unique one-day challenge ride will follow the backbone of England, taking in the Peak District and Chiltern Hills before arriving at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.
23 Jul 2014

Finished at School programme shows early impact

The findings of the interim evaluation of the first year of the Department for Education sponsored Finished at School programme show that positive change has already been made in all five areas of the aims of the programme.

Ambitious about Autism receives £528,000 grant to support youth participation work

Ambitious about Autism has been awarded a £528,000 grant over three years to fund our new myVoice project to encourage youth participation. Starting on 1 August 2014, the innovative myVoice project will put young people with autism at the centre of influencing the services they access.
22 Jul 2014

#AMileForAutism raises £3000

On Sunday 20 July 2014 over 100 people across the country took part in the first #AMileForAutism, raising nearly £3,000. The event invited people to do a mile in whatever way they choose, upload a picture of their mile to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #AMileForAutism, and then text donate to Ambitious about Autism.
14 Jul 2014

Students will lose out at university under Disabled Students’ Allowance changes

Over 84% of respondents said the Government’s planned changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance will affect their – or their young person’s - ability to access university, according to our recent survey.

Ruled Out is Mumsnet's guest campaign of the week

Mumsnet, the UK's largest network for parents, has made Ambitious about Autism’s Ruled Out campaign one of its guest campaigns of 2014.
09 Jul 2014

Response to NHS England’s announcement about integrated health and social care funding for individuals

The NHS has announced that it will offer local councils across England a new initiative which allows individuals to control their health and social care support for the first time. We support the new Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, as long as the personalised approach is backed by sufficient funding.
04 Jul 2014

Major companies join our first ever Autism Employment Summit

Our first ever Autism Employment Summit brought together young people with autism and a range of employers including Barclays, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Rapha and the NHS to discuss what needs to be done to open up the world of work to young people with autism.
01 Jul 2014

New dates announced for our 2014-2015 training programme

We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2014-2015 training programme, including new courses which cater specifically for the college sector.
30 Jun 2014

Join David Harmon on the Manchester to London cycle ride

Ex-Eurosport commentator and all-round cycling aficionado, David Harmon has joined the group of intrepid cyclists riding Manchester to London on Sunday 7 September 2014.
26 Jun 2014

Postcode lottery for university support – share your views

Are you a student or a parent/carer of a student who will be affected by the changes to the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)? Fill in our short survey and let us know.
24 Jun 2014

Open day announced at Ambitious College for parents and carers

We will be hosting an open day for parents and carers in July 2014 for Ambitious College, our specialist further education provision for learners with complex autism aged 19-25 based at Barnet and Southgate College’s Grahame Park site.
20 Jun 2014

Vacancies for Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists

We have vacancies for Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists at TreeHouse School, The Rise School, and Ambitious College.
11 Jun 2014

We're at The Autism Show in London on 13 and 14 June 2014

Documentary photographer Rosie Barnes will be our special guest at The Autism Show this year, signing copies of her book Understanding Stanley – Looking through Autism,
10 Jun 2014

Inclusion through Innovation grant winners announced

We are delighted to announce that 10 schools have triumphed in our Inclusion through Innovation project, each receiving a grant of £3,000 for the development of a creative and sustainable project to support the inclusion and achievement of children with autism.

Response to the Care Quality Commission’s national review: “From the pond into the sea: Children’s transition to adult services”

The CQC’s report into transition for young people with a disability makes for depressing and, unfortunately, all too familiar reading.
04 Jun 2014

Watch the new video about The Rise School

Watch the new video, What is the Rise School?, about our new school due to open in west London in September 2014.

Our response to Queen’s Speech June 2014

The Queen’s Speech rightly recognises the need for affordable childcare. This scheme must work for parents of children with autism and other disabilities, who have missed out in previous childcare initiatives.
28 May 2014

Well done to our Bupa 10,000 runners!

Last Sunday, 28 dedicated runners completed the Bupa 10,000 in London to raise £6,000 Ambitious about Autism.
21 May 2014

Vivienne Berkeley joins as Principal of Ambitious College

We are delighted to announce that Vivienne Berkeley has joined us as Principal of Ambitious College. Located on the Grahame Park site of Barnet and Southgate College, Ambitious College will open in September 2014, supporting up to 25 learners.
09 May 2014

Theatre stars in the making visit TreeHouse School

Director Katy Rudd visited TreeHouse School with four new cast members of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Graham Butler, Abram Rooney and Sarah Woodward.
14 Apr 2014

A massive thank you to all our Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 runners!

The Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 saw 26 dedicated runners raise almost £43,000 for Ambitious about Autism on Sunday 13 April.
11 Apr 2014

Finished at School Programme event presentations now online

Presentations are now available to view on our site from our event 'Improving transition for young people with autism into post-school education event' on 31 March 2014.
03 Apr 2014

#AutismIs shines on World Autism Awareness Day 2014

Over 350 people contributed their thoughts and photos to Ambitious about Autism’s #AutismIs Twitter campaign to mark World Autism Awareness Day yesterday.
02 Apr 2014

#AutismIs being the voice for others with autism

Being a Youth Patron for Ambitious about Autism is important to me because I'm not only able to represent the charity and put forward my ideas about potential changes, but I get to meet others with autism, which is so great!
28 Mar 2014

24-hour Minecraft Marathon in aid of Ambitious about Autism

A 24-hour Minecraft Marathon has been organised in Exeter for World Autism Awareness Day which will raise money for Ambitious about Autism, the National Autistic Society and local radio station Positively Autistic.

Get involved with World Autism Awareness Month 2014

We have lots of activities taking place for World Autism Awareness Month including our #AutismIs campaign, an exclusive Q&A with Dr Temple Grandin, and Autism Film Club 2014.
26 Mar 2014

Ambitious College to open in September 2014

We are delighted to announce that Ambitious College will now open in September 2014. The College will be located at Barnet and Southgate College’s Grahame Park site and will open with up to 25 learners.
25 Mar 2014

Join our #AutismIs Twitter campaign on World Autism Awareness Day 2014

After the wonderful response to our #AutismIs social media campaign for World Autism Awareness Day 2013, we’ll be revisiting it once again for this year on Wednesday 2 April 2014 and we’d love for you to get involved!
14 Mar 2014

Response to the Royal Assent of the Children and Families Bill

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, responds to the Royal Assent of the Children and Families Bill.
13 Mar 2014

Survey for young people with autism aged 16-25 on social media and campaigning

We would like to gather feedback from young people with autism aged 16-25 to understand how we can better support them and help make their voices heard.
06 Mar 2014

Exciting new fundraising Rapha Racing cycle challenge for Ambitious about Autism

Following the success of last year’s Bordeaux-Paris race which raised £200,000 for Ambitious about Autism, Rapha Racing is hosting the Manchester to London Challenge on 7 September 2014.
12 Feb 2014

Ruled Out campaign launches

Last night we launched the Ruled Out campaign in Westminster. Hosted by Graham Stuart MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, the event was attended by almost 200 parliamentarians, young people, parents and professionals.
11 Feb 2014

Ruled Out: Sign up to our new campaign

Today we are launching our new campaign, Ruled Out: why are children with autism missing out on school? The campaign examines why children with autism miss out on education - including exclusion, part-time timetables and the difficulty parents have finding their child a school that can meet their needs.
31 Jan 2014

Inclusion through Innovation: Funding grants for primary schools

We are pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity for primary schools in England to apply for a funding grant of £3,000 for the development of a creative and sustainable project to support the inclusion and achievement of children with autism.
21 Jan 2014

Parents: We need your stories about school exclusions for our new campaign

Are you a parent or carer of a child with autism who's been excluded from school? We’re launching a campaign about this problem in a few weeks time and need stories from parents and carers of children with autism who have been excluded from school so we can raise awareness of this issue in the media.

NICE announces new autism quality standard

A new autism quality standard has been announced by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It contains measurable standards to improve quality and care of services adults and children with autism receives.
07 Jan 2014

Government announces £30m fund for special educational needs independent supporters

The Department for Education has today announced a £30 million fund to provide 1,800 independent supporters to help parents and carers navigate changes to the special educational needs (SEN) system.
06 Jan 2014

Trustee Paul Fallon awarded an OBE

Paul Fallon, a member of Ambitious about Autism’s Board of Trustees since December 2010, was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s honours list.
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