The DCAS is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as the nominated Charity for the Devon & Cornwall Caravan Club’s youth section, who will be holding fundraising events for us throughout the next twelve months. A big thank you to Dannii and everyone who will participate.
The AGM has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 27th June (and NOT August, as previously, incorrectly, stated here) at 6.30pm. The venue for the meeting will be The Pearl Centre, 7/8 Cathedral Walk – in the centre of Truro.
Please call Mark Hilley to confirm you attendance on 01872 278378.
We’re pleased to announce that the first meeting of this group will be held on Wednesday 26th between 10am and 1pm. The venue will be: The Haven, Valley Rd, Bude. EX23 8DQ. Everyone is welcome to come along for as long as they would like – if they can’t be there for the whole session. The aims of the first session will be to introduce parents (living in the Bude area) to each other, share experiences & difficulties and identify some aims & objectives of the group. More information from Mark Hilley on 01872 278378
After a recent open day held by Spectrum in Bude, the DCAS has been asked by a number of parents in the area to consider starting up/facilitating a support group. We are considering this and would like to hear from parents who might be interested in participating. Please email email@example.com or call the office on 01872 278378 to inform us of your interest and we’ll get back to you.
Thanks to successfully obtaining grants from three funding sources (Baily Thomas, Clare Milne Trust & Cornwall Community Foundation) we have recently started delivering a befriending service. The early signs are very encouraging and benefits are accruing to those receiving the service and the volunteers delivering it. We'll keep you informed of its progress. Please feel free to contact us if you'd like to find out more about it.
We are delighted to announce that we will shortly be embarking on our Befriending Project. Its aim is to provide occasional social support, to people affected by an autistic spectrum condition, in accessing community facilities. We are also looking for volunteers to assist in this project. If you think a Befriending service would benefit you, or if you'd like to find out more about becoming a befriender, then please give Mark Hilley a call on 01872 278378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To celebrate its 30th anniversary Spectrum is holding a one-day conference at the Combined Universities of Cornwall's Tremough Campus in Penryn. The event has attracted a fascinating group of speakers on a range of interesting topics http://www.spectrumasd.org/#/conference.php
The cost to attend the Conference is £75.00. However, the DCAS has a limited number of places reserved at significantly reduced rates for existing members (who should be parents, familial relatives of, or someone on the autistic spectrum). To become a member please complete and return this form http://www.dcas.eu/wp-content/uploads/file/Membership%20Form.doc
For more information contact Danielle Overend on 01872 278378 or email her at email@example.com
Great news! Our sister Charity Spectrum has just opened a new drop-in facility in the heart of Truro, and the DCAS has been given access to use the premises for our activities and the benefit of our members. Please see http://www.spectrumasd.org/#/resource.php for more information. Future initiatives such as Parent Support Meetings will be arranged at the facility. More news soon.
The case of the young boy with autism, recently deemed to have been unlawfully restrained by the Metropolitan police at a swimming pool in London, raises many relevant questions on how the police need to improve their understanding and management of individuals with ASDs. You can read the full judgement (below).
The dangers of misreporting behaviour (by the swimming pool supervisor) and the heavy-handed/over-the-top approach of the police appear to have come together to result in this lamentable incident.
The DCAS is delighted to report the start of a project of collaboration with DISC Camborne. DISC provide a much needed service for vulnerable adults (18yrs +) who are either homeless, have addiction(s), on probation, have physical/mental health issues, people with learning disabilities, migrant workers, and older people. It also provides mentoring to ex offenders and support for families of those in prison. The DCAS will seek to provide support for those in the community (who use DISC) who may have undiagnosed ASD. Next visit will be on April 5th 11.00 – 12.00. Thanks to Lorna, Penny and everyone for their welcome and hospitality. http://www.disc-camborne.co.uk