This year, to support World Autism Awareness Day (#WAAD) on the 2nd April, the Together Trust held a range of activities across our services.
On the day supporters were invited to ‘Light it up blue’; and to support the campaign young people and adults from our care and community services attended a blue themed disco. Everything at the disco was blue, our outfits, the balloons, cups, plates, cupcakes, there was even a blue drink (which was an acquired taste). The only thing that wasn’t blue was the partygoers’ spirits!
Staff at central office also showed their support by coming into work wearing blue for the day.
Pupils from Inscape House School also created a short film in which they and Steve Tyler answered questions about what autism is and what life is like with the condition. The questions were sent over from other students in schools in Poland, Bulgaria, Pakistan and Nigeria. The film was circulated across the Internet and has had a great response and made a great contribution to raising awareness about autism on a global scale.
The film can still be viewed here-
It is our pleasure to invite ALL the individuals and families that use the Together Trust services to a free family friendly event at Cineworld, Didsbury which includes an autism friendly screening of the Muppets: Most wanted.
The event will start at 5pm on Tuesday 15th April with refreshments and a chance to learn more about our latest events and support for individuals and families. Guests will then have the option to join us down the red carpet for the autism friendly film screening at 6pm- 8pm.
The differences between a autism friendly and mainstream film screening are:
· Lights are dim but not off
· People are allowed to move around and make noise
· There are no trailers
· Individuals are able to take their own food and drink if necessary.
Please contact us for further information
Tel. 0161 283 4848
Please ensure to let us know if you are attending the refreshments and information event, the screening, or both. Please be sure to inform us if you have any dietary requirements or require a wheelchair accessible space in the cinema.
Please ensure that any guests that are under 18 or require support are accompanied by a parent or carer.
On arrival at the cinema please follow the Together Trust signs to our designated welcome area on the first floor.
The Together Trust is supporting World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) (2 April) with a range of activities across its services and a specially created film. The global initiative – which encourages supporters to ‘light it up blue’- raises awareness about autism and promotes early diagnosis, intervention and support as part of autism awareness month in April.
Earlier this year, our pupils at Inscape House School invited schools in Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland and Bulgaria to send through their autism related questions and together with our educational psychologist, Dr Steve Tyler, the finished film features their views on the meaning of autism and what life is like with the condition. Click here to watch the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_1vKzNdxnY
The charity recently hosted a series of free drop-in sessions to support local parents and carers of children with ASCs, providing visitors with the opportunity to share their experiences with other families, while receiving guidance from experts. Due to the success of these events, the Together Trust will be rolling out an increased number of family support network opportunities throughout 2014 for those in and around the region.
Steve Tyler, educational psychologist at the Together Trust, commented: “Recent research has highlighted the importance of considering autism as a whole, rather than a spectrum. With early diagnosis and accessible services, individuals with autism and their families can build crucial support networks, helping the transition from childhood into adulthood.”
To learn more about Together Trust autism services visit http://www.togethertrust.org.uk/services/autism
To find out more about our series of free drop-in sessions to support local parents and carers with children with ASCs please contact 0161 283 4766.