Autism Network Scotland's Strategy Newsletter

Strategy Newsletter Autism Network Scotland has published the first edition of the Strategy Newsletter.  The newsletter will be published quarterly and will include updates on the progress of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

This edition includes:

-Menu of Interventions local autism resource pages
-A recap of the National Autism Co-Ordination Project’s first event for local authorites
-A recap of the Third Annual Conference on the Scottish Strategy for Autism, and information about the new working group configuration
-Key messages from the Governance and four Working Groups

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Menu of Interventions local resource pages available online

Menu of Interventions coverAutism Network Scotland has just published a series of web pages containing links to local autism resources addressing the fourteen challenges faced by people with autism, first published in The Menu of Interventions. The pages are intended to make it easy for autistic people, their parents and carers to find the services they need close to home.

The Menu of Interventions is a guide to interventions and supports for people on the autism spectrum, published in 2013 as part of The Scottish Strategy for Autism. It provides information regarding the challenges faced by autistic people, and suggests the types of services that might address these issues. 

Throughout 2014, a series of roadshows were held throughout Scotland to gather information on specific local services addressing these challenges.  The information has been compiled and organised on a series of web pages on the Autism Network Scotland web site.  In additional to the 13 local area pages, there is a national resource page.

The information contained in the web pages was provided by community members, parents, carers, practitioners, and people on the spectrum. The Menu of Interventions local resource pages can be found here.

Autism Network Scotland welcomes feedback or suggestions on additional services and providers that could be included in the local resource pages; please email Autism Network Scotland with comments.

Autism Development Fund projects are invited to apply for additional funding

Autism Development Fund projects currently receiving funding are invited to apply for additional funding in this financial year only.  Projects should consider how they can upscale and increase activity in current projects and services.  The Scottish Government is looking to make an increase in local activity and make a bigger impact on local services that deliver outcomes for people with autism in this financial year. Projects should articulate what they will do, when they will do it and what outcomes will be delivered for the additional funding requested.  Activity and spend must be within this financial year up to 31 March 2015.

Applications can be made using this Application Form.
Applications are required to be submitted by 5 December in order for grants to be made by 31 December 2014.  Completed forms should be returned to [email protected] by 5 December 2014.

Strategy Conference held in Glasgow in December 2014

The Scottish Strategy for Autism Third Annual Conference took place on 3 December 2014 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  The keynote address was presented by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement, and Mental Health. He reaffirmed The Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the lives of people with autism, and highlighted areas of progress in the third year of The Scottish Strategy for Autism. He noted that “this work must be taken forward with meaningful coproduction in mind.  The Autism Strategy clearly sets out that local autism plans should be developed in collaboration with people across the autism spectrum, carers and professionals.” He noted that he was pleased to see “lots of good work happening” and reinforced that the Strategy’s vision should be kept in mind  – “that individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, accepted and valued by their communities and have confidence in services to treat them fairly so that they are able to have meaningful and satisfying lives.”

A full recap of conference proceedings can be found in the Autism Network Scotland News.

Understanding the Impact of Autism Module 2015 - Express Your Interest

The Scottish Government is working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde on a training initiative, providing funded places to selected individuals on a Post Graduate Autism Module.

The Scottish Strategy for Autism was launched in November 2011 to ensure people with autism and their families are supported by the widest possible range of social care, education, housing, employment and other community based services.

Three years into our ten year strategy we are making good progress towards delivering the goals of the strategy. There is still much to do but we are beginning to make a difference to the lives of people with autism by improving support services available to people who need them.

The Autism Strategy Governance Group tasked with implementing the Scottish Strategy for Autism sees education for those who work with and care for people on the autism spectrum as a vital part of their initiative to improve the lives of people with autism and their families.

That is why, for the third year running, we are providing funding for up to 100 professionals, people on the spectrum, carers and other individuals with a special interest in autism to study this PG module ‘Understanding the Impact of Autism’ which is one of the modules within the Masters of Education (MEd) in Autism provided by the University of Strathclyde. The module can be taken for Continued Professional Development, to increase autism awareness or for Post Graduate credit on successful completion of an assessment. Funding will be offered FREE to people who live or work in Scotland as part of the £13.4 m autism fund to implement the strategy.

The module can be delivered as a Distance Learning Module, at the Glasgow Campus and for a small number of student cohorts on an outreach basis.  The Distance Learning and Campus delivery runs for an 8-week period and outreach delivery is negotiable. Any interests for an outreach delivery should be discussed with Dr Anna Robinson (Autism Courses Leader, M.Ed in Autism). 

Due to this range of delivery modes expressions of interest will be taken from Friday 14th November until Friday 19th December 2014 and selected applicants will be informed by February 2015.  The module will start after Easter in April 2015. 

This initiative will make a real impact in delivering the strategy. Through this training we will increase the understanding of autism, and help to ensure that people on the spectrum have access to professionals within autism services which understand and are able to meet the needs of people with autism.

If you are interested in this module please send an email to [email protected] or telephone 0141 444 8100. 

To maximise the impact of autism training selection is based on potential scope across Scotland and also those people who have received training on the Open University 20-week course should not apply for this module.