Message from Autism Bedfordshire’s CEO, Emma Reade

Coronavirus Update: We are immensely proud of our team for how quickly they have adapted our offer to meet the significant demand for our services and support. Our staff team have worked tirelessly and innovatively to provide frequent online services and specialist support. AB Team, you are utterly amazing in how you use your passion and expertise to enrich the lives of autistic people and their supporters and we are grateful to have you all.

Our members have been receiving vital support and interaction through our helpline service and new text service with extended evening sessions. To ensure autistic children/adults can still access our social activities and have virtual meet-ups we have developed online groups, forums and chat rooms to provide a lifeline for people who are feeling extremely isolated and overwhelmed. In April, we launched our new COVID-19 webpages with personalised resources to empower autistic children/adults. We are providing online/ bespoke resources and sensory kits to support autistic people and their families. We are also providing materials to develop skills and promote and support self-help.

Please visit our support pages:

·          Adults: https://www.autismbedfordshire.net/support-for-adults/covid-19-support-at-home/

·          Children and families: https://www.autismbedfordshire.net/support-for-children/autism-bedfordshire-covid-19-support-services/

·          If you access our groups we will contact you directly to share our plans

·          We continue to follow the government guidance on coronavirus, which you can read here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

We are still taking membership registrations, referrals and assessments and continue working to:

·         Reduce isolation and provide practical and emotional support

·         Increase skills; resilience and social communication

·         Improve confidence and empowerment

Autism Bedfordshire has facilitated and led more sessions, personalised 1:1’s and resources than ever in these unprecedented times  (see what we have been doing here) and will continue to strive to prevent crisis and create new ways to serve and support autistic people in Bedfordshire.

Stay in touch and let us know how we can help you…we are here more than ever, stay safe and well.

News

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University of Hertfordshire Autism Research - Parents are Needed https://t.co/wylR9Ex3Ue
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Carers in Bedfordshire have the third in the series of their Yvonne Newbold Webinars this evening at 8.15pm.

Understanding Communication, why it impacts on behaviour and how you can help.

To register for this event follow the link https://t.co/xmXXJMgSgH.

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Autism Bedfordshire
Autism Bedfordshire7 hours ago
Siblings are special and need a little extra support during this time. ASF (Autism Science Foundation) has teamed up with Els for Autism, to bring you a new webinar series ‘Sam’s Sibs Stick Together’, to present findings of research that focus on siblings, and discuss resources available for siblings of all ages.

Sibling Samantha Els, will be the ambassador of this series, as through her own experiences, she can help shine a light on the importance of sibling research and support.

They are inviting siblings, parents, and other care givers to participate in this series, which will be the 2nd Tuesday each month at 2pm. Participation is free, but you must register to join.

The next webinar is June 9th. To register, click here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/6363296409267202575

To view the presentation from May 12th, click here: https://autismsciencefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/siblings-may12.pdf

To visit their website click here: https://autismsciencefoundation.org/news/new-webinar-series-to-support-siblings/
Autism Bedfordshire
Autism Bedfordshire9 hours ago
New Adult Social Group
Do you like sports? Why not get involved with our new online adult sports social group. For more details contact the Adult Services team on enquiries@autismbeds.org
Autism Bedfordshire
Autism Bedfordshire1 day ago
Creative Writing Competition.
We are so excited to announce that Kirsty Hopkins won the last month's Adult Services creative writing competition. All entries will be available shortly to read. A huge thank you to Jacob Sannox for judging the short stories and for giving a signed copy of his latest book to the winner.