Autism Network Scotland and the National Autism Co-ordination Project hosted or co-hosted three successful events during Engage with Strathclyde week, May 5-8, 2015.  Below you will find event presentations, photos and available information.

May 5 – Supporting Good Practice in Autism Service Provision

Anne MacDonald EngageAutism Network Scotland and the National Autism Co-ordination Project presented on our roles in implementing the Scottish Strategy for Autism. The event was an interactive afternoon session to allow attendees to learn more about the Scottish Strategy for Autism, the role of NHS Education Scotland, and explore their potential involvement in its implementation. It was designed to be an opportunity for practitioners and purchasers, social care providers and local authority commissioners to network with each other.

Jean EngagePresentation – Jean MacLellan and Donald Macleod, on the National Autism Coordination Project and Four Strategy mid-term goals

Presentation – Lynsey Stewart, Autism Network Scotland, on Network tools/training

Presentation – Dr Anna Robinson, University of Strathclyde, on Strathclyde courses

Presentation – Anne MacDonald, The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, on organisational autism strategy

Presentation – Janine Robinson, NHS Education for Scotland, on NES Training Framework

The presentations were followed with a group discussion, where there was interest in further events bringing commissioners and service providers together.  Attendees indicated that if future events are held, they’d like more opportunity to network with each other and discuss topics more in-depth. One attendee noted that the event provided “very stimulating presentations, and helpful networking and discussion.” Another summarised the day, saying the event included “a good range of very interesting and relevant information.”

May 5 – Supporting Health and Wellbeing for Pupils with Autism

Health and Wellbeing underpins the new Curriculum for Excellence.  Its significance has been reflected in the new online Autism Toolbox where it appears as a central section within the website. Autism Network Scotland supports the Scottish Strategy for Autism’s goal of building capacity and awareness in mainstream services through its established practitioner networks with health and wellbeing a recent focus of its Education Network. This twilight event session considered these important themes highlighted, current relevant resources, and the online Autism Toolbox. It offered a practical opportunity to connect with others and to discuss key issues, best practice and knowledge exchange.

Presentation – Jayne Porter, Autism Network Scotland

May 6 – Project SEARCH Networking Breakfast

Project SEARCH is a one year transition programme which helps individuals with additional needs or autism move into the working world through training and education.  This event showcased the work of Project SEARCH and how young people with additional needs have progressed into employment across Glasgow.

This was an opportunity for prospective employers to realise the success of this new programme through case studies presented by employers and interns.

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