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Autism Act 2009

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department of Health with the consent of Baroness Pitkeathley.

Banking made easy
This is a link to a new easy-read booklet called 'Banking Made Clear', produced by Barclays Bank and the British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
Bishops Blue Coat High School
Just to let you know what a fabulous school this is for anyone on the autism spectrum. They run a sixth form course entitled 'AQA Certificate in Personal and Social Education'.

This is two years of learning and covers personal action planning, drugs education, sex and relationships, personal finance, emotional wellbeing, healthy lifestyles, making informed career choices and applying for jobs.
Brain Scans
Kings College London have been investigating how people with autism have different brains to 'neuro-typical' people. Read their report here.
CAMHS
Improving Mental Health.
Care Quality Commission
Mental Capacity Act 2009.
Care Quality Commission
Review families disabled children 2009.
Care Quality Commission
Review mental illness 2009.
Carers Rights UK
As part of this year's Carers Rights Day, we are highlighting some of the ways that carers' rights and entitlements will be changing in England.

There are a whole host of benefit changes that you need to be aware of and prepare people for in the coming months. Here are some of the main changes in benefits, where to get extra resources and how to take action.

It is vital that carers and their families are well-advised and make the most of the changes so they can plan their finances, work and family life well.
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Review of Special Educational Needs (SEN) Provision October 2013.
Department for Children, School and Families (DCSF)
SEN A Guide for Parents
Department for Education
Education strategy regarding HF autism, Asperger syndrome / ASCs.

A request and disclosure for information relating to the Building Schools for the Future programme and the coalition government's strategy for the education of those with HF autism and Asperger syndrome.

Published August 2010, updated November 2010.
Department for Education
Inclusion development programme: supporting pupils on the autism spectrum.

Resource supporting teachers, initial teacher trainees, head teachers and leadership teams working with pupils on the autism spectrum.
Department for Education
Profiles of need and provision for children with language impairments and autism spectrum disorders in mainstream schools: a prospective study.

This report presents the findings from a 3-year study of pupils with language impairments and autism spectrum disorders in the education system.
Department for Education
The transitions between categories of special educational needs of pupils with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they progress through the education system.

The research carried out 2 studies of pupils with speech language and communication needs. The second study also includes pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

This report considers the transitions made by children who have been identified by the school system as having speech, communication and language needs (SLCN) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they progress through the education system.
Department for Education
The perspectives of children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs, and their parents.

This report looks at the quality of life for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and the services they receive.
Department for Education
More support for special educational needs teachers.

More than 500 teachers and special educational needs (SEN) support staff have been awarded scholarships worth up to £3,500 to develop their specialist knowledge and skills.
Department for Education
£27.3 million grant fund to help low income families with disabled or seriously ill children.

Family Fund is the UK’s largest grant giving charity. The money can be used for days out, garden play equipment, computers, toys and kitchen appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.
Department of Health
Following on from The Autism Act 2009, this is the strategy guidance published in 2010.
Department of Health
A Better Future.

A consultation on a future strategy for adults with autistic spectrum conditions.

The Government Response, March 2010.
Department of Health
If you arent able to obtain a Statement of Special Educational Needs, it should be possible to get a Health Action Plan.
Department of Health
Adult Autism Programme Board.

The Board works to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people with Autism and their families by overseeing the implementation of the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy.
Department of Health
Autism training resources.

The Department has funded a series of on-line training resources and booklets to increase awareness, and understanding of autism across all public services.
Department of Health
NICE to help drive standards in social care.

From April 2013, the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will expand to include social care.

The Department of Health has agreed an initial list of joint NHS/social care quality standard topics for NICE to start working on.
Equality Act 2010
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 has been updated and from 1 October 2010 will become The Equality Act

Under the Act, a person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, which include things like using a telephone, reading a book or using public transport.
Government Response to the Lamb Enquiry
Improving parental confidence in the special educational needs system.
Government Website
Disabled people.

Includes your rights, benefits, carers and the Equality Act.

Benefits and financial help, disability rights, carers, work and disabled people, disability equipment and transport.
Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport has a great information guide for passengers travelling with children on the autism spectrum.
Mental Health NHS Confederation
This 'Briefing' summarises the key points of 'Fulfilling and rewarding lives' and the first year delivery plan, focusing particularly on what it means for the primary care trusts.
National Audit Office
Supporting People June 2009.
National Autistic Society
You Need To Know Mental Health.
North West Review of Speech, Language and Communication Needs 2010
Commissioned by Cheshire and Merseyside Health Development Programme Skills for Health

They analysed current facilties within the 23 PCT's or Childrens Trusts across the North West

The only PCT that didnt take part was Western Cheshire.
Prison Reform Trust
Bromley Report issued June 2011.
Putting Place in Perspective CE
Is a report from The Cheshire Community Foundation which looks at local authority areas that they cover, highlighting some of the key issues and challenges for local communities and the people who live there.
Putting Place in Perspective CWaC
Is a report from The Cheshire Community Foundation which looks at local authority areas that they cover, highlighting some of the key issues and challenges for local communities and the people who live there.
Putting Place in Perspective Warrington
Is a report from The Cheshire Community Foundation which looks at local authority areas that they cover, highlighting some of the key issues and challenges for local communities and the people who live there.
The British Psychological Society
'Sensory integration can help in autistic children'.

Giving autistic children treatment based on improving their sensory difficulties could help them to better make sense of the world around them, a new study has suggested.

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in the US used either sensory integration (SI) or standard care on 32 autistic children aged four to eight.

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