Topics and presentations for the day include:
If you are interested in attending the event and would like to join the waiting list, please email John Currie. We’ll notify you if there are still places available soon after the RSVP deadline of November 17.
The initial resource was produced by the autism team at the University of Birmingham and commissioned by NES. The Scottish Government commissioned NES to develop a number of autism-related training materials, including the Autism Training Framework and Autism Training Plan. During this process, an e-learning resource containing practical strategies for primary care practitioners was also developed. This work was conducted by the NES autism project managers, Dr Janine Robinson and Dr Gail Milroy, under the direction of Marie Claire Shankland, the NES director of the autism project.
NES worked closely with the autism community on the review and revision of the web resource’s content. Thom Kirkwood, Michael Dawson, and Kabie Brook reviewed the resource and obtained feedback from others in the broader autism community, including ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland) and other community groups. Thom recently thanked the autism community on social media, saying, “Us three could not have made such contributions without your help and support from across the autism community. I can advise that NES took all feedback on board to produce a vastly improved resource.” He went on to describe the process as “another example of positive strategic partnership working” and thanked the NES team.
The updated web resource can be accessed by clicking here.
ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland) are hoping to publish their first book. The book will be edited and produced in partnership with Debbie Allan, an autistic person from Glasgow. The book’s subject will be menopause, from an autistic perspective.
ARGH are looking for writing submissions from adults who identify as autistic (with or without diagnosis.) They would like submissions about the author’s own experience of menopause: having been through, going through currently or looking to the future and how they feel about that stage of life. They would like submissions of up to 1,500 words (about three typed pages.)
Each chapter of the book will be written by a different autistic person describing their experiences. A medical professional will also contribute to provide medical facts.
There is a limited amount of space so it might not be possible to accept all submissions. Accepted submissions might be edited, but the edited version would be discussed with the contributor and only published if and when it was agreed on.
The book will also contain a question and answer section. The answers will be provided by either autistic people or a medical professional. This section will be medical fact and discussion, it is not meant provide medical advice to individual readers.
If you would like to contribute, please email Kabie Brook with your submission no later than January 31, 2016. Contributions will be printed crediting the original author, either with their own name or pseudonym, as they prefer.
You may choose to answer the suggested questions below, or to write about anything else in relation to your personal experiences. Suggestions for questions to think about in your writing (you do not have to answer all or any of these questions):
ARGH and other book project members would like to thank Caroline Hearst of AutAngel and Autism Matters for her advice on this project.
To read more about ARGH, please click here.
To follow ARGH on Twitter: @ARGHighland