Culture Conversations - how you can help shape Scotland’s new culture strategy

Following sessions held in July in Dundee and Inverness, public events are now planned during September and October in Paisley, Dumfries and Galashiels, as announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop. These meetings are being hosted in collaboration with partners in each of the areas.

The Scottish Government is keen to see autistic people take part in these public events to ensure that their voices are included.

In addition to the public events, a dedicated resource pack has also been made available online for all organisations, networks and groups interested in hosting their own ‘culture conversations’.

Ms Hyslop said:

“This engagement is a crucial part of shaping a culture strategy for Scotland and we want the views and voices of many to be heard and reflected in it.

“The previous events provided many interesting and important perspectives – from the need for greater geographic equality to how to better support artistic activity at a local level.

“I encourage everyone with an interest to contribute to the strategy by going along to the public events, hosting their own culture conversations or sharing their thoughts and ideas about priorities for culture in Scotland online.”

To download the resource pack and learn how else you can join the conversation, please visit the link below.

Have Your Say - Join Experience Panels and help the Scottish Government shape the new Scottish social security system

The Scottish Government is to become responsible for some of the benefits currently paid out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Scottish Government would therefore like to hear from people who have recent experience of these benefits so that it can design a new social security system with – and for – the people of Scotland.

To join the Experience Panels, you will need to fill out a registration form with your details so that you can be contacted about taking part in future Experience Panels research.

The information that you provide will be used for research purposes, will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared outwith the Scottish Government.

For more information and to access a registration form, please visit the following link:

Registration closes on the 12 May 2017.

St Clement's School launch Practical Autism Video Guides

Consult Yo LTD and St Clements School have collaborated on a unique and innovative new resource. Funded by the Autism & Innovation Fund, they have produced a series of videos on practical skills for supporting autistic people.

 The videos cover include the following topics:

  • Introduction to autism
  • Communication – Verbal
  • Communication – Pre verbal
  • Diagnosis and identity
  • Gender identity
  • Mental Health
  • Social Skills
  • Sexuality
  • School refusal
  • Food and dietary issues
  • Sensory issues
  • Coping with change

You can view the video playlist by clicking here

XI Autism-Europe Congress Video Published

The XI Autism-Europe Congress took place in Edinburgh this year, hosted by the National Autistic Society and with headline sponsors Axcis Education. Autism-Europe’s international congresses are dedicated to sharing advances in practical and scientific knowledge about autism to as wide an audience as possible, including researchers, professionals, parents and self-advocates.

The theme of the 2016 congress was Happy, Healthy and Empowered and it featured presentations on topics such as diagnosis, early intervention, employment and rights and services for autistic people.

View the overview video from the 2016 congress below.





New SIGN Guidelines on Autism Available

The booklet Autism – A booklet for parents, carers and families of children and young people with autism is available on the SIGN website, using the following link:

The booklet is for parents/carers of children and young people up to the age of 18 who:

• have already been diagnosed with autism
• may be going through diagnosis

The booklet explains the recommendations in a clinical guideline produced by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN), about:

• getting assessed and diagnoses for autism, and
• the approaches that can help

The booklet explains the recommendations in the SIGN clinical guideline Assessment, diagnosis and interventions for autism spectrum disorders.