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NAS Avon Branch

A branch of the National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society (NAS)

The NAS is the leading UK charity for people with autism, including Asperger syndrome and their families, providing information, support and pioneering services, and campaigning for a better world for people with autism. Their website is full of useful information and well worth a visit. Their work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today. Below are a few things that NAS is supporting right now, please take a look:

 

This is what some autistic people face every day Watch the film

 

Thank you for supporting World Autism Awareness Week! Here is everything you need to know

 

Find out what we do to support autistic people and their families across the UK, and how we're working to change society for the better for those on the autism spectrum.

 

Tom tells us all about his passion for rugby and the difficulties he's faced playing team sports as an Autistic person - Get to know Tom Morgan

Autism Helpline: tel: 0808 800 4104 (mon-fri, 10 am-4 pm)

or complete online form which can be found: www.autism.org.uk/helpline

 

The NAS Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information and advice for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families and carers.

 

If you phone, the Helpline will take details of your query and arrange a telephone appointment for you with our community care case worker. The case worker will call you back at the agreed time to discuss your query in detail.

If you email, give as much information as possible about your query. They aim to respond to email enquiries within 10 working days.

Too Much Information Campaign

 

Now introducing... Too Much Information and Us, a new film series made with groups of autistic people talking about their experiences of autism. Take a look here to watch them on YouTube:

  • There’s too much information and so many new words that it makes me malfunction - Needing extra time to process information (episode 1)

  • All I could do was concentrate on the noise, it was almost painful - Experiencing sensory overload (episode 2)

  • You just end up feeling really embarrassed and like it’s your fault - Experiencing anxiety in social situations (episode 3)

  • Experiencing meltdowns and shutdowns (episode 4)

 

Real stories are being shared on the NAS website every day, why not take a look. Do you have a story you'd like to share? If so the NAS would love to hear from you, so please email them on: tmicampaign@nas.org.uk.

 

Or - what about sensory issues with clothing? The NAS are going to create a series of dramatic images alongside children and adults describing what clothing feels like for them. Can you give them a quote describing your experience saying, for example, 'rough materials feel like a brillo pad'. An image will then be created and shown of a jumper with sleeves made of brillo pads. The purpose is to get the public to understand in a clear and simple way what sensory issues people with autism can experience.

 

Henry Barnes, our NAS SW Campaigns Officer, made a mural outside the NAS office in London on the Campaign launch day.  A video of him doing this was made which you can see on this link.

 

Big change can come from lots of little actions. As someone close to autism, you already know what these small things can be, but we need to come together to teach the public too. Pledge to make a small change today to help reduce the overload. Then share it with your family, friends and colleagues.

Do you have a question about your child's transition to adult life or further education? Our Transition Support Service can help. They give confidential, impartial information and advice to parents and carers. Leave a message on 0808 800 0027 or email transition.support@nas.org.uk and a volunteer will get back to you.

 

The service offers family workshops and seminars for branches and other groups. These can include presentations, group discussions, and one-on-one appointments. Email Rachel.babbidge@nas.org.uk to find out more about the sessions and costs. To find out more on the NAS website

Cristina Imaguire organises the NAS Out of Schools Clubs which take place in: Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, Nailsea, Bridgwater.

 

These are for children with high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome who are aged between 8 -18 years

 

Please see flier for more information. Cristina would be very pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining.

 

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