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Jack D OU student

Inspired by Cars 3

Tue 18 Jul 2017 4:18pm

Hello all,

I said I would post agian after my A-level maths results. But after watching Disney's "Cars 3" I came to a sense of inpsiration and realisation. Just because I dropped out of Hertford and Cranfield, does not mean I threw away my only chances to beocme an astronaut. 

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Fri 7 Jul 2017 12:09pm


Autistic man Shaun Condon who was told he 'wouldn’t last one month' in his job is to retire after working 28 years for Newport Bus...

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Can you help me find friends?

Sat 17 Jun 2017 6:48pm

Hi, you guys probably won't even bother to read this.... but it's practically impossible for me to make new friends outside of the internet world okay? IMPOSSIBLE!!! I am just too shy/cautious, I am too stranger aware... and people just don't see me as a friendly person. They see me as something to ignore...  

A warrior from an unknown land here to protect those without a voice and those who deserve it
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Autism Breakthrough Strategies with Kate C. Wilde

Sat 10 Jun 2017 3:01pm

Just saw this training day, thought you might be interested. Don't have previous info about the lecturer just those in their website. The syllabus seems to be the things I need now.

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Adults getting direct payments

Sun 28 May 2017 7:09pm


I wonder if there are any autistic adults getting direct payments to pay for a support worker or personal assistant? My family are currently trying to work out how to manage what will happen to me in the future when they are not able to care for me anymore. I need a lot of help to do daily tasks like cooking and cleaning and getting out of the house. I cannot work or go to the doctor or vet, etc by myself.

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Richard and Jaco: Life with Autism - BBC documentary

Tue 11 Apr 2017 8:14pm

I loved this BBC documentary .

An intimate documentary in which actor Richard Mylan reflects on his experience of raising his son Jaco, who is on the autistic spectrum.


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A Thought About "Labels" And How To Help People With Autism (And Others)

Mon 13 Mar 2017 2:33pm

I find the human tendency to label and categorize things interesting---the labeling and categorization of other people specifically. Sometimes it's practical---we do it naturally, subconsciously or consciously, all the time; it helps us to make sense of and create order and comfort in our lives. But it can also be lazy and unnecessary, and detrimental to others.

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My ASD daughter

Wed 8 Feb 2017 1:52pm

My daughter is 15 and currently lives with her dad and grandma. i have two other children living with me. My daughter is becoming more withdrawn and doesn't attend any out of school activities or clubs. I am concerned for her wellbeing and state of mind. She lacks in confidence and has suffered anxiety & depression in the past so i am worried this is happening again. I dont know of any clubs or anuthinh in my area thay i can encourage her to attend. She doesnt have a statement or care plan and is not under any services whatsoever!

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Half-term SEN Camps for 6-12 yr olds

Thu 26 Jan 2017 2:35pm

Dear All,


I thought some parents might be interested to hear about our SEN Camps so the Ambitious about Autism team suggested posting here!


This February half-term, Role Models are running some fantastic SEN Camps for 6-12 yr olds with mild-moderate special needs.  The details for their upcoming camp are below:


Date: Feb 13-17th

Description: SEN Holiday Camps for 6-12 year olds with mild-moderate special needs

Hugo Shephard
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Hilary Griffiths

Fitness trackers or mindfulness apps as an aid to fitness and wellbeing. Anyone with experience they'd like to share?

Thu 19 Jan 2017 6:22pm

My daughter's OT suggested getting a fitness tracker (eg FITBIT or similar) as a tool for encouraging her to be aware of her fitness, but also as a way of tracking her types of sleep, as she is often exhausted all day. (She is 26.) Having completed recently a training in Mindfulness to help combat constant anxiety we wondered about acquiring a Fitbit which also has breathing exercises as an option.  I have heard that some peole can be allergic to the straps, and also am aware that my daughter really doesn't cope with anything round her wrist for very long.



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