Autism Training Resource web page launched

Autism Network Scotland, in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, has published a set of Autism Training Resources on their website. The resources will help you decide what autism training and skills are needed in your office or organisation and which types of training will fit those needs. Autism Network Scotland has also published a table of currently available training courses from a variety of sources, delivered in a range of ways.

Optimising Outcomes: NHS Education for Scotland Autism Training Framework supports the Scottish Strategy for Autism by detailing the knowledge and skills required at different levels within the health and social care workforce, to achieve key outcomes for people with ASD. It identifies the skills and knowledge needed by individual practitioners to provide quality services for ASD. Following on from this, the Training Plan outlines the kind of training that would be necessary to provide those knowledge and skills. The Training Plan also identifies what appear to be the gaps in currently available training.

Autism Network Scotland has published a table of available training courses, which sits alongside links to NES resources on a newly published resource site. Individuals and organisations looking for training resources will be able to identify needs and appropriate training courses to address those needs in one place. The table includes a variety of available training, from third sector and individual seminars to university master’s degree courses. The table also offers a variety of formats, including in-person courses in Scotland, online and distance learning options from across the United Kingdom.

The new resource page can be accessed by clicking here.

Teen flourishes with Self Directed Support

LewisLewis is a 17 year old boy with autism who received £250 through Self Directed Support. Through the Community Brokerage Network pilot programme, he was introduced to his broker, who help Lewis get the accordion lessons he wanted. That was only the first step in what has turned out to be a very interesting and inspiring story.

Watch the full story here.







Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, April 2

Autism Network Scotland has published a special edition of Network News focused on World Autism Awareness Day.  The newsletter includes information about events occurring across Scotland.  Alternatively, you can visit the Autism Network Scotland #WAAD web page for a map and events listings. 

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Latest Strategy Newsletter available now

Q2 2015 imageAutism Network Scotland has just published the second edition of the Strategy Newsletter.  The Strategy Newsletter is published quarterly and includes updates on the progress of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

This edition includes:

-An update on the National Autism Co-ordination Project and information about their upcoming event
-Information about NHS Education for Scotland’s recent work on the Autism Training Framework and new Training Plan
-Details on an upcoming event to encourage people to become more involved with the Scottish Strategy for Autism
-A story about about the Transitions Roadshows, a series of consultation events held in rural locations across Scotland
-Key messages from the Governance and four Working Groups

To view this newsletter, please click here.




Online British Sign Language Video Relay Interpreting Service Pilot Launches

Currently, the Scottish Government is funding an NHS 24 online BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot which aims to improve access to health services for people in Scotland who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.  The pilot is helping to tackle the barriers and discrimination that the Deaf community face and supports public services in meeting their legal obligations in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010 and Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

In recognition that the Deaf community deserves to have access to the same public services as everyone else, Ministers have agreed that the NHS 24 pilot should be extended to the rest of the public sector in Scotland and rebranded ‘contactSCOTLAND’.

This is a new cutting edge programme – it is the first nationally funded public sector Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot in the UK. It is a practical and innovative example of specific action being taken towards implementing Scotland’s Digital Public Services Strategy which is a key priority of Programme for Government 2014-15.

The Scottish Government is committed to securing the best possible future services for the Deaf community.   With this in mind, from Monday 2nd March 2015 service users will be able to contact any public service they need through the BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service.  The new extended online interpreting service will allow Deaf people throughout Scotland to use BSL to make contact (webcam/signing) with public services, such as, their Doctor, Police Scotland, Council Services, Housing, Social Work and NHS 24.  It is NOT for Emergency 999 calls.  In the event of an Emergency, service users will need to use alternative ways, for example, text or get someone to call on their behalf.

This new service is part of a range of communication measures for the Deaf community and does not replace, for example, the traditional face to face interpreting services which currently exist.  If you receive a call from a Deaf person using the VRS system you should treat it in the same way as you would if it was from a hearing person. The only difference is that there is an interpreter acting as an intermediary: they will tell you this when you answer the phone. You simply need to be aware that you may receive a call in this way.  You can also make a call to a Deaf person using the same system.

A multi-agency Implementation Group, comprising representatives from the Scottish Government, NHS 24, Police Scotland, Scottish Legal Aid Board, Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Prison Service has been established to drive forward the next stage of the pilot.  The group will monitor and evaluate progress on the extended public sector wide service and make recommendations to Scottish Ministers on its future by summer 2015.

More information on how the BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service will work can be found on the contactSCOTLAND website at  The website includes a video clip in BSL.