Autism Awareness - Tips, Events, Days out, Travel and more for autistic children and adults

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Found 1st Apr 2017
I thought I would gather some information for those with family members that have autism. There's some fantastic stuff available and lots going on.

I'm going to add more and more over time, but we can use this as a place to share tips and info that could help others. Feel free to drop anything in you think may be of use, It doesn't have to be WOW, anything no matter how big or small could help someone out.

Updated 02/05/17

Autism friendly shopping at Morrisons
Morrisions to trial an autism friendly shopping hour every Saturday between 9 and 10am - They're trialling it in the Lincoln branch to begin with.

Lights will be dimmed, music and hand dryers will also be switched off, no tannoy announcements will take place and there will be no use of cages on the shop floor - All in aid of keeping a relaxed environment for shoppers More Info / Source Here

Shopping trolleys designed for children with special needs!
A shop in the channel Islands has introduced the specialist trolleys to help with the weekly shops. They are already having a positive impact for parents using the supermarket, so we hope to see them rolled out futher (pun intended)

"It is clear there was demand for these trolleys and so we believe the investment is worth it to help those families who have children with special needs. As part of our commitment to meeting our customers’ needs, we have already introduced a number of other measures to help disabled members of our community from mobility scooters to on-shelf magnifiers and hearing loops". – Mark cox, Channel Islands Co-op Society's Chief Operating Officer Source
Photo source: Channel Islands Cooperative Society

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London Zoo special children's day
6th & 7th May - 2 adults and 2 children for £44.50 - kids under 3 & Carers can go for free

Autism Friendly Cinema Screening at various Cinemas
Special screenings with lower volumes, lights on low, chill out areas, bring your own food and drinks, free entry for carers with a valid CEA card and more. There will also be staff available that are trained in autism awareness.

Kids Ear defenders
Perfect for louder events, where noise levels could cause distress - From £11.82

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The Autism Show - Manchester
There will be talks, specialist products, workshops as well as the new Autism Uncut cinema and Lego based therapy features.

"Children under 16 enter free of charge when accompanied by an adult.
Proof of concession may be requested prior to entry into the event"

Legoland Windsor - Disability Guide
"Ride Access Passes are reserved for guests who do not understand the concept of queuing; have difficulties with everyday social interaction; have a limited capacity to follow instruction or to understand others’ emotional feelings or expressions, and may therefore become agitated or distressed if they had to queue for a ride for an extended period of time."

https://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/misc/autism-quiet-hour-being-trialled-tesco-2606078
Store music will be off, no staff stacking shelves, visuals for each aisle, allocated quiet zones and more. Check out the link for all info.

Carers Cinema Card
Free entry for carers when accompanying anyone with a disability

Free fast track Airport fast-track for familes with autistic children

Max, an Autistic Journey [Steam] 47p
A game currently on offer for 47p - Created by a farther of an autistic child TOGETHER! Pretty cool Now expired but worth a look

https://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/misc/claiming-personal-independence-payments-pip-autism-case-history-2629034

https://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/misc/sesame-street-welcomes-new-character-with-autism-julia-2641000
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M&S Special Needs clothing ages 3-16 Now available

M&S School uniforms designed to make getting dressed easier

http://i.imgur.com/Cj7IT6r.png
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Nothing listed for adults (or purely adults I mean) Autism in adults shows itself as severe anxiety or self esteem issues not getting into it much but people never think about when something affects adults very often.
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Thanks Neo. Appreciate the effort taken
Big Thanks from me too OP
There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over the course of the three days it was meant to be running I went five times. Three times it was closed, once it was closing and the other time they were all too busy having a sing song to help anyone. I left disillusioned and despondent
Great post
Excellent post, thank you so much
Remember a lot of sensory stuff available online is way overpriced.ive just done a sensory wall and picked most the stuff up from pound shops.
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themachman

Remember a lot of sensory stuff available online is way overpriced.ive … Remember a lot of sensory stuff available online is way overpriced.ive just done a sensory wall and picked most the stuff up from pound shops.



Yeah, can be real pricey! Thanks for that
Well worth a look is Carly Fleischmann on youtube
Will give you a better understanding of someone living with Autism
youtu.be/KmD…n2k
Thank you for taking the time and effort for this post, much appreciated. Sitting here with a green tea feeling slightly frazzled after a difficult week with my autistic daughter. I wish you all a peaceful and meltdown free weekend.
Had no idea about this day, thanks

Since the new year I have for the first time come to believe I may have autism, or a form of aspergers, etc. The thing is I am 45, and have had quite a solitary life, but it.would make some sense of my.life.

Off to the Gp on Monday to see about getting tested (have scored high on the online tests, etc)
The Cheshire Icecream farm are also holding a special Autism event. The details are on their website . theicecreamfarm.co.uk
Oxygen freejumping have a pass for £24.95 for a month with two careers going free for severely autistic people
Nothing listed for adults (or purely adults I mean) Autism in adults shows itself as severe anxiety or self esteem issues not getting into it much but people never think about when something affects adults very often.
Good Post... thanks OP..
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Adding to the list (again):"Autism Quiet Hour being trialled @ Tesco" … Adding to the list (again):"Autism Quiet Hour being trialled @ Tesco" (millarcat; 2 months, 6 days ago)



Cheers, was meant to add before
Thank you for posting this information, much appreciated.

Being honest I was thinking, forget my son, I wouldn't mind some of those easy-on, non-fiddly trousers for myself X)
Lots of AAC applications on Appstore at half price, e.g. Proloqu2go.
Arriva trains run an orange wallet scheme to help people on the autistic spectrum with train travel. Info here
arrivatrainswales.co.uk/Ora…me/
DonkeyKonk

Had no idea about this day, thanksSince the new year I have for the first … Had no idea about this day, thanksSince the new year I have for the first time come to believe I may have autism, or a form of aspergers, etc. The thing is I am 45, and have had quite a solitary life, but it.would make some sense of my.life.Off to the Gp on Monday to see about getting tested (have scored high on the online tests, etc)



I did that a couple of years back at at 42 and got diagnosed as an aspie so you're far from alone! one of the best things i ever did. i'd advise having a look at the NAS checklist for GPs (adults), towards the bottom of the page and making a list of what signs you match. They're not always keen to refer so you're best to be well armed! Good luck
Edited by: "hanalei" 2nd Apr 2017
hanalei

I did that a couple of years back at at 42 and got diagnosed as an aspie … I did that a couple of years back at at 42 and got diagnosed as an aspie so you're far from alone! one of the best things i ever did. i'd advise having a look at the NAS checklist for GPs (adults), towards the bottom of the page and making a list of what signs you match. They're not always keen to refer so you're best to be well armed! Good luck



[ autism.org.uk/pro…spx ]
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A checklist for GPs (adults)

Questions to consider when talking to adult patients who may be on the autism spectrum.

Do they:

find many social situations and interactions, especially in groups, confusing (even though he or she may seem okay one-to-one with a doctor)?
often find it hard to guess what other people are thinking and feeling, or why they are laughing at a joke?
find it difficult to make and maintain close friendships?
have a history or problems at school/college, such as difficulties getting on with tutors or other pupils/students? Was he or she teased or bullied?
find it difficult to find satisfactory employment or stay in work?
have any hobbies or interests which take up a lot of their time (or had these when they were younger)?
get worried or annoyed about changes, especially unexpected ones?
display difficulties with communication and appear to lack social intuition?
have trouble making 'appropriate' conversation?
seem pedantic?
have difficulty making or maintaining eye contact?
have a need for routines?
experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, sights, smells and tastes?

If the answer the most of these questions is 'yes', and your patient wishes to be assessed, it may be worthwhile discussing their case with your local services/health services with responsibility for autism (usually mental health or learning disability services).
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* ...answer to most...

Oh dear
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[ http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/health-workers/gp-info.aspx … [ http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/health-workers/gp-info.aspx ]---A checklist for GPs (adults)Questions to consider when talking to adult patients who may be on the autism spectrum.Do they: find many social situations and interactions, especially in groups, confusing (even though he or she may seem okay one-to-one with a doctor)? often find it hard to guess what other people are thinking and feeling, or why they are laughing at a joke? find it difficult to make and maintain close friendships? have a history or problems at school/college, such as difficulties getting on with tutors or other pupils/students? Was he or she teased or bullied? find it difficult to find satisfactory employment or stay in work? have any hobbies or interests which take up a lot of their time (or had these when they were younger)? get worried or annoyed about changes, especially unexpected ones? display difficulties with communication and appear to lack social intuition? have trouble making 'appropriate' conversation?seem pedantic? have difficulty making or maintaining eye contact? have a need for routines? experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, sights, smells and tastes?If the answer the most of these questions is 'yes', and your patient wishes to be assessed, it may be worthwhile discussing their case with your local services/health services with responsibility for autism (usually mental health or learning disability services).---* ...answer to most...Oh dear


i know! it's like reading a school report about yourself isn't it? but the critical thing is to have concrete examples such as your special interests, what happens if your usual routines are disturbed and so on. it's all about the details
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[ http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/health-workers/gp-info.aspx … [ http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/health-workers/gp-info.aspx ]---A checklist for GPs (adults)Questions to consider when talking to adult patients who may be on the autism spectrum.Do they: find many social situations and interactions, especially in groups, confusing (even though he or she may seem okay one-to-one with a doctor)? often find it hard to guess what other people are thinking and feeling, or why they are laughing at a joke? find it difficult to make and maintain close friendships? have a history or problems at school/college, such as difficulties getting on with tutors or other pupils/students? Was he or she teased or bullied? find it difficult to find satisfactory employment or stay in work? have any hobbies or interests which take up a lot of their time (or had these when they were younger)? get worried or annoyed about changes, especially unexpected ones? display difficulties with communication and appear to lack social intuition? have trouble making 'appropriate' conversation?seem pedantic? have difficulty making or maintaining eye contact? have a need for routines? experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, sights, smells and tastes?If the answer the most of these questions is 'yes', and your patient wishes to be assessed, it may be worthwhile discussing their case with your local services/health services with responsibility for autism (usually mental health or learning disability services).---* ...answer to most...Oh dear



I have a occupation therapist though I find them patronising, they said a few days ago about did I think sessions help and I said yes, and she asked why I mentioned things like I was socially anxious and it helps with that, her response was "I don't think you are, you are fine with me and fine when I went to supermarket with you and you spoke to staff"

Also 7 years ago I turned up to a psychology appointment a hour late as I slept in but need to spend 45 minutes a day showering shaving and getting ready as can't function without being clean then needed breakfast as I was barely standing up. my autism assessment said nothing was wrong with me as I came in clean shaven, fresh clothes, washed, and clear voiced when speaking to person, when in reality heart was beating so fast and I was only clear spoke as I took deep breaths and first thing I did when I left was go on park bench and put head on hands and almost black out.


By the way Scottish Autism is a great website for Scottish people though lack of funding as NAS gets far more.
psychobitchfromhell

There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over … There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over the course of the three days it was meant to be running I went five times. Three times it was closed, once it was closing and the other time they were all too busy having a sing song to help anyone. I left disillusioned and despondent



psychobitchfromhell

There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over … There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over the course of the three days it was meant to be running I went five times. Three times it was closed, once it was closing and the other time they were all too busy having a sing song to help anyone. I left disillusioned and despondent



I understand where your coming from but lets not call them "sufferers" please.
With all the active awareness going on i think its equally important to address people with autism as just that. They may have different needs to the majority but calling them sufferers? Really? It is quite derogatory.

psychobitchfromhell

There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over … There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over the course of the three days it was meant to be running I went five times. Three times it was closed, once it was closing and the other time they were all too busy having a sing song to help anyone. I left disillusioned and despondent

psychobitchfromhell

There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over … There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over the course of the three days it was meant to be running I went five times. Three times it was closed, once it was closing and the other time they were all too busy having a sing song to help anyone. I left disillusioned and despondent


I know. I struggled with what word to use. I wasn't being derogatory, what word would you suggest?
Thanks for the tips
ash789

I understand where your coming from but lets not call them "sufferers" … I understand where your coming from but lets not call them "sufferers" please.With all the active awareness going on i think its equally important to address people with autism as just that. They may have different needs to the majority but calling them sufferers? Really? It is quite derogatory.



Unless you are classing the affected individuals as being "gifted", why do you consider it derogatory to class somebody that is disadvantaged (due to their inclusion on the autistic spectrum) as a sufferer?

psychobitchfromhell

I know. I struggled with what word to use. I wasn't being derogatory, … I know. I struggled with what word to use. I wasn't being derogatory, what word would you suggest?



Autistic.
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Daniel is awesomehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzFfu6WDP6E



Comment #46.
Excellent information thanks very much.
psychobitchfromhell

There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over … There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over the course of the three days it was meant to be running I went five times. Three times it was closed, once it was closing and the other time they were all too busy having a sing song to help anyone. I left disillusioned and despondent

psychobitchfromhell

There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over … There was a pop up shop in our town to help carers and sufferers. Over the course of the three days it was meant to be running I went five times. Three times it was closed, once it was closing and the other time they were all too busy having a sing song to help anyone. I left disillusioned and despondent



Calling them " THEM ". .. ?

Puh-lease... we're talking about human beings here (_;)

Seriously though whilst in the process of "neutralising" seemingly derisory terms, let's note that only 16% of autistic people are in full time work, many as adults need parental support or live in isolation, life expectancy is 16 yrs less than the general population, there are statistically high levels of depression and suicide, and numerous co-morbid physical and mental health conditions (esp. anxiety disorders like OCD, and functional issues with eg intestines, heart and lung function caused by autonomous nervous system related issues). It's a recognised disability, and I'd say the majority of high functioning at least, experience suffering.

So yeah let's not be needlessly attaching negative labels to people, but similarly let's not suppress dialogue. It's very dangerous to let a blasé attitude to seep into society for what is a very serious impairment. Per the comments re: occupational therapist above, the sort of difficulties people with autism experience are beyond the comprehension of those who cannot experience it.
My son says he hates autism awareness, in his words

"why would I want to draw attention to myself and my social issues, its bad enough when people dont understand, when they do they have fuel"

catch 22 and bare in mind his peers are teenagers..





Edited by: "haritori" 19th Apr 2017
haritori

My son says he hates autism awareness, in his words "why would I want to … My son says he hates autism awareness, in his words "why would I want to draw attention to myself and my social issues, its bad enough when people dont understand, when they do they have fuel"catch 22 and bare in mind his peers are teenagers..



Haha.. classic ..
I wish there was something in the northeast as people don't understand asd and if you don't have money you get nowhere for the children with special needs. Even the parents are blamed for their behaviour and its just not fair at all
musky50

I wish there was something in the northeast as people don't understand … I wish there was something in the northeast as people don't understand asd and if you don't have money you get nowhere for the children with special needs. Even the parents are blamed for their behaviour and its just not fair at all



Perhaps there is something/somewhere at the following sites that can help you:

[ ne-as.org.uk ]
[ autism.org.uk/bra…ast ]
[ autismnortheast.org.uk ]
[ aadduk.org/hel…ps/ ]
[ asperger-syndrome.me.uk/lin…tml ]

[ countydurhamfamilies.info/kb5…g=7 ]
[ southtyneside.gov.uk/art…ups ]
[ autismnorthumberland.co.uk ]

[ netmums.com/new…ers ]
[ netmums.com/dur…ers ]

[ ourgateshead.org/nat…ces ]
musky50

I wish there was something in the northeast as people don't understand … I wish there was something in the northeast as people don't understand asd and if you don't have money you get nowhere for the children with special needs. Even the parents are blamed for their behaviour and its just not fair at all



My advice woudl be 1st port of call would be to contact the local authority and request and assessment for a Statement of Education Needs. this link will help explain

and as FP points out there is a lot of help if you look for it..



This place do some interesting research into Autism, and have some good free resources: thescottcenter.org/adv…ics
Thank you very much
themachman

Well worth a look is Carly Fleischmann on youtubeWill give you a better … Well worth a look is Carly Fleischmann on youtubeWill give you a better understanding of someone living with Autismhttps://youtu.be/KmDGvquzn2k



Yup.. the most accurate portrayal I have seen to date!

Sensory and also communication doubts...

Recommended viewing for NTs ..
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