Education

Behind the scenes at our Neurodiversity Think Tank

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Today we wanted to share with you a couple of ‘behind the scenes’ insights that came from our Neurodiversity Think Tank, about autism acceptance. The group – comprised of autistic adults – is a joint initiative between us (North East Autism Society) and Infinite Autism, to help inform and shape our services. We loved these…

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Three things you should REad about autism

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To help us process the mountains of information and posts being shared on social media this week, we have asked Kieran Rose, the Autistic Advocate, to list his top three helpful resources for understanding #autismacceptance. It doesn’t take much more than a cursory search of the word ‘autism’ at the moment to discover the minefield…

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Story Behind the Map

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At the very heart of everything we do for #autismacceptance is autistic people. And when it came to the events we had planned it was no different. One such high profile event was our scheduled Great Minds Historic Walking Tour. Led by Alexander Iles, the tour was set to explore Newcastle’s history, uncovering some of…

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‘Great Minds’ Virtual Tour with Iles Tours

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One of the goals of Autism Acceptance Week is to highlight and celebrate some of the amazing autistic people in our world. So the Great Minds Historic Walking Tour was going to tick all the boxes. Not only was it going to be led by the incredible Alexander Iles , who is himself autistic. And…

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Drawing on Experience Part 3

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As we near the end of #autismacceptance week, illustrator Jonathan Raiseborough shares with us the final drawing in a series of three, graphically illustrating the need for ‘identity first’ language when talking about autism. He said: “So far the responses to me about the cartoons have been positive – they seem to resonate with autistic…

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Underground Movement: Our campaign reaches London transport hub

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Did somebody say L O N D O N?   Yes! For the second year our #autismacceptance words have made it all the way #ontotheboards of the London Underground.  For the vital front line workers commuting, for the amazing staff still working there and for any of thousands of others who will see this online…

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A conversation with Kerrie Highcock & Debra Caldow

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Debra Caldow, host of the Journey Skills podcast, chatted to our very own Kerrie Highcock. As family development manager for the North East Autism Society Kerrie was able to speak about post diagnostic support and moving from autism awareness to acceptance. With refreshing humility Kerrie shares with Debra that despite just gaining a masters herself,…

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The Big Issues Part 3

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In the final part of our panel discussion we look at David’s emerging journey with #AutismAcceptance and inclusion and the impact that’s had – with The Autistic Advocate Kieran Rose, Family Development Manager Kerrie Highcock and Science at Life’s David Jones.

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Equality, Equity and all things Acceptance

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The second we finished watching the incredible Ted Talk: ‘Why everything you know about autism is wrong,’ we immediately set about getting in touch with Dr Jac den Houting. If ever there was a voice we wanted to hear more from, for our Autism Acceptance campaign, it was this one. So we’re thrilled to be…

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The Big Issues Part 2

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(With the Autistic Advocate, Kieran Rose, our own Family Development Manager Kerrie Highcock and guest David Jones, Community Liaison Manager from Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.) Carrying on their conversation around autism acceptance our panel discuss the truth behind confusing and outdated autism statistics. As part of Autism Awareness Acceptance week 2020 (March 30 – April…

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