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This page keeps you up to date with the activities, news and events organised by or connected to NAS Richmond, as well as an opportunity to let you know about our forthcoming coffee mornings. Please use the links in the box above to visit the rest of our web pages and find out about other activities and events, details of other groups in this area, plus news and information.
These are held in association with Me Too and Co.
They take place at the St. Stephen’s Crossway Centre. 306, Richmond Road, East Twickenham. TW1 2PD, and run from 10.30am until 12.00 noon. Please see the map to find the Crossway Centre’s location.
The nearest parking facilities are at Marble Hill Park’s Pay & Display car park. Directions to this venue can be found on Me Too and Co’s website: www.metooandco.org.uk
There is a creche facility available - places need to be booked with Me Too and Co. Email them at email@example.com or phone 07946 646033.
Our next coffee mornings:
Friday 28th April, 10.30am to 12.00pm
Friday 26th May, 10.30am to 12.00pm
Please click HERE to go to our Activities, News and Events page, where you can find out more about the subject to be discussed at our next coffee morning (details to be announced nearer the time).
CAN YOU HELP?
Are you someone who has direct experience of autism? Would you like to help make a difference to those affected by an autism spectrum condition?
Then why not consider helping NAS Richmond with what we do? We welcome all enquiries and would especially like to hear from people with young children who have an autism spectrum condition. Do contact us at Richmond@nas.org.uk if you feel you are able to help out.
THE AUTISM STRATEGY - WHAT WE’RE DOING
People with an autism spectrum disorder have often been overlooked in the past, especially if their needs are not immediately obvious. This has meant that they have had great difficulty getting appropriate help from education, health and social care professionals, leading to huge problems accessing support, treatment and services they need to live independently (some may even be unable to get a diagnosis of their condition).
The Autism Act 2009 was introduced to address these issues, which resulted in the publication of the first ever Autism Strategy ‘Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives’ in 2010, followed by the updated 'Think Autism' Strategy in 2014 (all local authorities in England are legally obliged to implement this Strategy).
From October 2016, Richmond and Wandsworth boroughs have formed a shared staffing arrangement (please note that this does not mean that services will be merged). As part of this arrangement, both borough's Autism Strategy steering groups (Autism Programme Board) are merging; NAS Richmond Branch being one of the partners working with the local authorities to help bring about the changes needed to properly support people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC).
Please visit Richmond Council’s Autism webpage to find more information about the services, support and resources available. This NAS Autism Strategy webpage provides an overview of both the Autism Act and the Autism Strategy.
THE GOLDEN BINDER
The Golden Binder is an invaluable resource that has been created by SEND Family Voices working with Achieving for Children and representatives from health, social care and education. It is a complete set of guidance documents relating to the support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Its chapters cover supporting children and young people with SEN, early years, SEN support in school, EHC Plans (plus detailed guidance on completing an EHC Plan form), transferring from a Statement to an EHC Plan, annual reviews, further education, personal budgets, plus decision making and what to do if you disagree with a decision. In addition to these chapters, there are also numerous very useful appendices.
The contents will be reviewed and updated twice yearly, so if you have any comments about the Binder, you can do so via the Local Offer feedback webpage, otherwise get in touch with SEND Family Voices.
The Golden Binder can be viewed and downloaded from this Local Offer webpage .
If you would prefer a hard copy or a version on a memory stick, please contact SEND Family Voices on 07469 746154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.