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We are stuck in a system that wants the child to fail before help is offered.” (Parent)

Autistic children in England are being let down and held back by the education system. Parents have to fight for the support their child is entitled to. Following a report on autism and education by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, The NAS, together with Ambitious About Autism, launch #HeldBack.  

Sign our open letter to the Secretary of State for Education to make sure no child is held back because they’re autistic.

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13 Jul 2018

Our July/August newsletter is available here


12 Jun 2018

Logically Illogical: Information and insight into Autism
Ros Blackburn talk at Testwood Baptist Church on Monday 9 July from 7.00 to 9.00pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Book tickets here - book early to avoid disappointment!


12 Jun 2018

Our June newsletter is available here


5 May 2018

Our May newsletter is available here


1 May 2018

Our Annual Report 2017-2018 is available here


14 Mar 2018

Our March newsletter is available here


14 Feb 2018

Our February newsletter is available here


26 Jan 2018 Our January newsletter is available here

21 Nov
2016
Autism and Mental Health film goes live
The film about our recent Autism and Mental Health consultation is now live. The 20 minute film features a number of branch members and adults with autism talking about their experiences. It is a good reflection on the views of both carers and autistic adults.

17 Nov 2017 Our November newsletter is available here

13 Oct 2017 Our October newsletter is available here

3 Oct
2016

Talkabout Social Skills Groups
Alex Kelly Ltd, is running a series of social Skills groups for children, young people and adults at their base in Romsey...


12 Sep 2017 Our September newsletter is available here

12 Jul 2017 Our summer newsletter is available here

21 Jun
2016

Information and Advice Survey
A new survey from Hampshire Autism Voice is now open concerning local information and advice services for autism and the Local Autism Directory, facilitated by Autism Hampshire...


13 Jun 2017 Our June newsletter is available here

13 May 2017 Our May newsletter is available here

12 Apr 2017 Our 2016-17 annual report is available here

12 Apr 2017 Our April newsletter is available here

12 Apr
2017
New Branch Treasurer required
We are looking for a volunteer willing to take on this vitally important role within our Branch...

11 Apr 2017 Free Autism Support and Information Programme for Parents
Hampshire CAMHS and Autism Hampshire would like to invite you to a free programme of six sessions offering learning, support, and advice in various aspects of Autism during your child’s assessment, or following their diagnosis...

27 Mar 2017 Our March newsletter is available here

06 Mar
2017

Autism and Mental Health consultation report published
In October and November 2016, our branch carried out a consultation about the way in which mental health affects children and adults with autism, and accessing services in Hampshire in the last 3 years. The consultation was funded and supported by Healthwatch Hampshire. The final report is now available...


28 Feb
2017

Introduction to Autism parent/carer seminar
At the request of our members, we are running an Introduction to Autism parent seminar on Thursday 6 April at Fleming Park Bowling Club, Kornwestheim Way, Eastleigh, SO50 9NL
from 9.30am to 2.30pm...


14 Feb 2017 Our February newsletter is available here

23 Jan 2017 Award for Diversity and Inclusion
We are delighted to announce that we have received this award...

17 Jan 2017 Our January newsletter is available here

16 Nov 2016 Our November newsletter is available here

12 Oct 2016 Our October newsletter is available here

21 Oct
2016
Consultation on mental health and autism
Our branch, in partnership with Hampshire Autism Voice, has been awarded a grant from Healthwatch Hampshire to investigate ways in which mental health issues are addressed in the autistic community, identify any barriers that exist and find a positive way forward...

15 Sep
2016
Marks & Spencer launch autism-friendly school wear
The National Autistic Society is delighted to have teamed up with Marks & Spencer to support the development of their brand new ‘Easy Dressing’ school uniform collection...

15 Sep
2016
New report shows parents still face long battles to get right support for children
The National Autistic Society’s new education report finds that far too many parents and carers of autistic children in England face long and exhausting battles to get the education and support their children need...

13 Sep 2016 Our September newsletter is available here

13 Sep
2016

Visiting the Hampshire Countryside and Exploring the New Forest by Bus booklets 
You may recall we had copies of these booklets available at recent meetings...


22 Jul 2016 We are delighted to announce that booking for Attwood on Autism on Friday 19 May 2017 is now open.

29 Jun 2016 Our June/July newsletter is available here

28 Jun
2016

Transition Team HCC – New Ways of Working
Making the transition from Children’s Services or from Education into Adult Services is everyone’s business. Hampshire County Council Adult Services (HCCAS) are going to be doing things differently for young people with complex needs and disabilities and their families and carers when they are thinking about their adult life...


28 Jun
2016

Free Managing money online course for people on the autism spectrum
The Managing Money module is free and aimed at anyone on the autism spectrum of an age where they are ready to start learning about managing cash, banking, savings, and debt...


28 Jun
2016

Hampshire Specialist Parenting Support Services (HSPSS)
The Hampshire Specialist Parenting Support Service (HSPSS) has been commissioned by the Children and Maternity Collaborative of the five Hampshire CCGs...


28 Jun
2016

Hampshire Autism Voice survey for adults
They are gathering your views about the need for an autism support service for adults, and your views about the Adult Support Service grant-funded by Hampshire County Council and provided by Autism Hampshire between April 2014 and April 2016...


27 May 2016 Our May newsletter is available here

12 Apr 2016 Our April newsletter is available here

11 Apr
2016

Evaluation of the Autism Centre for Employment assessment tools
The Autism Centre for Employment (ACE) at the University of Portsmouth are working on a project which aims to evaluate a set of employment-specific assessment tools to identify individual needs in the workplace for people with autism...


15 Mar 2016 Our March newsletter is available here

10 Mar
2016

Worried about employment?
Do you have a child who is an undergraduate student with ASD or is a student in the same course as a student with ASD?...


15 Feb
2016

Hampshire Autism Voice Survey for adults with autism and their families
The latest survey from Hampshire Autism Voice, which is aimed at adults with autism (18 and over) and their families, is now available...


10 Feb 2016 Our February newsletter is available here

14 Jan 2016 Our January newsletter is available here

14 Jan
2016
Social Skills group
We are hoping to run a social skills course in the spring for children with autism aged 7 to 11...

7 Dec
2015
Surviving Christmas
Christmas can be an exciting and fun time, but people with autism may be confused or distressed by all the new activity...

1 Dec 2015 Our December newsletter is available here

3 Nov 2015 Our November newsletter is available here

18 Oct
2015
Photos of our 10th Anniversary events
View photos of our cruise on SS Shieldhall and our evening at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium...

1 Oct
2015
Our October newsletter is available here

15 Sep
2015
Vacancy – Coordinator of the Hampshire Autism Voice Network
We have a vacancy for the position of Coordinator of the Hampshire Autism Voice Network. Closing date for applications is Friday 16 October 2015...

30 Aug
2015
Our September newsletter is available here

28 Aug
2015
Dentists
It is important to take children to see the dentist from an early age but if your child/young person has a learning disability or other medical condition, they may find visiting the dentist difficult...

28 Aug
2015
Autism Awareness Learning Resources list from Health Education England
Health Education England is keen to ensure that our workforce have access to appropriate awareness raising resources to enable them to provide appropriate care to people with Autism across all healthcare settings...

28 Aug
2015
Positive contributions of children with autism to their families
The latest Research Update is out! This issue focuses on the positive contributions children with Autism make to their families...

28 Aug
2015
NAS Young Campaigners
The NAS Young Campaigners are a group of young people with autism in England aged 13-19 who campaign to transform the way society views people with autism...

28 Aug
2015
Asperger Southampton
This is a small group which aims to provide knowledge and advice, for adults, on living with Asperger Syndrome...

28 Aug
2015
Friends of in touch
Friends of in touch currently has vacancies in their Junior (9 to 13) and Senior (13 to 21) Youth Groups...           

15 Jul
2015
Our July newsletter is available here

15 Jul
2015
Challengers Youth Schemes
Challengers' Southampton and Eastleigh Youthschemes are running through the summer and they are still taking bookings for summer and also now booking for autumn term...  

15 Jul
2015
Positive Autism Stories
Melanie Cosgrave is a mother of 3 children and has a daughter with Aspergers and a son with Autism, who struggle to communicate. She is collecting positive stories/thoughts about autism to hopefully put together to share with others - to give hope...

12 Jul
2015
My World, National Autistic Society
The NAS is offering a FREE autism classroom resource pack and fortnightly resource emails for teachers who sign up to My World...

12 Jul
2015
Your guide to a stress-free summer
The NAS has put together some good tips to use during the summer holidays...

30 Jun
2015
The next Hampshire Autism Voice Survey is now live
Please take 10 minutes of you time to help us to gauge feedback about transition services available and how well they are being used...

27 Jun
2015
Our June newsletter is available here
PLEASE NOTE: The New Forest Spectrum 3-day Music Festival mentioned in the newsletter has sadly now been cancelled.

26 Jun
2015
Autism Alert App
The Autism Alert App, provided by Autism Hampshire, enables people who have autism to share information about their autism and support their autism...

18 Jun
2015
Days Out With Children With Special Needs
KidRated believes ALL children are entitled to have great days out, so they have made a list of attractions and experiences (mainly in London, but also beyond) that cater really well for children with special needs...

18 Jun
2015
Shaping Hampshire – Spending Review Consultation
Hampshire County Council has announced a new consultation this year “Shaping Hampshire – Spending Review Consultation” which includes questions about increasing council tax and use of reserves, alongside questions about spending priorities...

18 Jun
2015
NAS Campaign
The NAS is launching its biggest ever campaign in 2016 to improve public understanding of autism − and needs your views. Please take part in the survey to share your experiences with the NAS...

28 May
2015
Our May newsletter is available here

29 Apr
2015
Multi-Arts Holiday Activity Days for teenagers and adults
These fun packed arts days, at The Point, Eastleigh, include dance, drama and visual art as well as a chance to socialise and make new friends...

28 Apr
2015
Our 2nd April newsletter is available here

25 Apr
2015
Harbour Lights Picturehouse Autism Clubs and Groups, Southampton
Harbour Lights Picturehouse in Ocean Village, Southampton has set up clubs and groups for children and people who are on the Autism spectrum...

25 Apr
2015
Autism Ambassador Scheme
Can you make a difference to people with autism? Sign up to be an Ambassador NOW!....

25 Apr
2015
Hampshire Autism Voice Network first survey
HAV's first survey is now out and they would like as many people as possible, whether with autism, parents, carers and people who work with autism, to complete this initial survey. This will give HAV an indication of what the priorities are and how to target further surveys to gain your views on specific aspects of autism...

20 Apr
2015
Our 2014–2015 Annual Report is now published
           

13 Apr
2015
Recent Radio 4 Programmes with Autism theme
There have recently been two broadcasts on Radio 4’s ‘One to One’ on an Autism theme...

13 Apr
2015
Member to run London Marathon – your support needed
One of our branch members, Jason Hurndall, is running the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April 2015 for the National Autistic Society...

13 Apr
2015
New rights for adults with autism to get care and support in England
The Care Act 2014 came in to force on 1 April, introducing sweeping changes to adult social care in England...

13 Apr
2015
Hampshire’s Children and Young People’s Plan Consultation
Hampshire’s Children and Young People’s Plan sets out how the Children’s Trust will improve outcomes for children and young people...

10 Apr
2015
Our April newsletter is available here

10 Mar
2015
Our March newsletter is available here Updated 15 Mar 2015

6 Mar
2015
Different Together – Support for partners of people with Asperger syndrome
Being in touch with others in your situation can be a lifeline for the NT partner in a relationship. A local group is meeting in Winchester on Saturday 14 March...

5 Mar
2015
Autism Centre for Employment
We mentioned below (15 February) about the setting up a new and exciting employment programme which will take place this year. ACE is now looking for Mentors who will provide one-to-one support for clients with autism... 

26 Feb
2015
Higher Education and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Parent Support Meeting, Romsey
Have you concerns about your child going to university with ASD? Want to find out what support is available?...

23 Feb
2015
Hampshie Autism Voice Network
Hampshire Autism Voice (HAV) is the parent, carers and people with autism group established within the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB). They are working to establish a HAV Network which they hope will be operational during Spring 2015 and need your help...

15 Feb
2015
Serendipity Social Groups
The Autism Partnership Boards and leading local autism groups in Hampshire are working together to develop an exciting and innovative project which will establish a network of social groups for local adults who have Asperger syndrome or High Functioning Autism...

15 Feb
2015
Autism Centre for Employment (ACE)
ACE is a new local service which helps people with autism to find and keep employment...

15 Feb
2015
Challengers Play and Youth Schemes
Challengers are running Playschemes and Youthschemes in the area...

15 Feb
2015
Help with research
We have been contacted by University of Winchester student, Charlotte Spruce, who is studying for a degree in Psychology. She is undertaking a research project called ‘An exploration of differing attitudes towards different family behaviours’...

15 Feb
2015
Calling all coffee drinkers!
Do you or your friends, colleagues use Tassimo coffee machines? If so, you can help us raise funds...

15 Feb
2015
Circus Starr
This year, we have again been offered 50 free tickets for the Circus Starr performance on Wednesday 27 May 2015 (Spring Bank Holiday half term week) at Riverside Park, Manor Farm Road, Southampton, SO18 1DE at 4.45pm...
12 Feb
2015
Our February newsletter is available here

12 Jan
2015
Our January newsletter is available here
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11 Jan
2015
Hampshire CAMHS Participation Project – ACE
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provide Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Hampshire and is looking to set up a participation project across the county called ACE...

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