Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Dear reader,

Welcome to Axia's May
"Monthly Round-Up" Newsletter

May has been an extremely exciting month for us All here at Axia ASD! This included our monthly “Post-Diagnostic Support Group” meeting, held for the first time at the new Crewe “Lifestyle Centre” venue. The record number of attendees were privileged to hear Dr. Luke Beardon from Sheffield Hallam University provide an interactive presentation, which was much appreciated by all, and we are very grateful to him for gifting us his time.

Axia ASD is also going through a “rapid expansion” period as Linda explained at the meeting, meaning (amongst other things) Carly and family will moving to Chester. Details of the new “Team Members” can be found on our “Meet the Team” page.

We are also extremely pleased to have received more Guest content, including music, book review, and a “critique” of the representation of an adult with autism on the BBC’s “Holby City”.

And as always, Calvin’s extensive reviews for the “Axia Film Society” along with his much loved “cake of the month” can all be found here… please enjoy!

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Supporting People With Autism: Building on the Government's Strategy

Supporting People With Autism: Building on the Government's Strategy

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

Supporting People With Autism: Building on the Government's StrategyLondon | Wednesday 25th May | 11.00am - 3.30pmThe recent progress report on the Government’s Autism Strategy outlines what more needs to be done to improve the lives of those living with autism.Join us on 25th May to gain an up-to-date brief on the Autism Strategy and what it means for you. You will …

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Josh Wills 6 months later - Petition update

Josh Wills 6 months later - Petition update

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

Petition Update for “Please bring my son back home #BringJoshHome”“Josh Wills 6 months later....”5th May 2016 — Hello all. Thank you for your continued support. Josh has been back in Cornwall for six months now. With the help of his carers, families, and various professionals, he continues to adapt well, both to new surroundings and re visiting old ones. He enjoys the …

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Post-Diagnostic Support Group Minutes – May 2016

Post-Diagnostic Support Group Minutes – May 2016

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Minutes of the Twelfth Post-Diagnostic Support Group 4th May 2016Today’s group was attended by 42 people.We were delighted to welcome 42 people to our first meeting in the new Lifestyle Centre. The feedback from many members of the group was that they liked the new venue although some individuals said they preferred the old style building of Crewe Library.Prior to …

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Captain America: Civil War - Review

Captain America: Civil War - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR”It’s finally here, Phase 3 of Marvel kicks off now which is set to be one of the most ambitious film projects of all time, which will culminate in 10 movies in total. It was supposed to be 11 but I am not going to count Inhumans just yet because the film is in development hell right …

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St Clements Cake

St Clements Cake

Author: Calvin
Categories: Cake of the Month

St Clements CakeBy Jamie Oliver Selected by “Nerd Consultant” CalvinThis is one of Jamie Oliver’s nans cakes and the original recipe is in Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain, a book I recommend. We had this one to celebrate the new building for monthly support groups and a very interesting talk from Dr Luke Beardon. You can turn this one gluten free …

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Martin Reynolds “musical children” and Autobiography

Martin Reynolds “musical children” and Autobiography

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: Guest Contributions, Guests Music

Submitted for Guest Contribution We received an update from Martin through our "Guest Contribution Form" which utilised a song which, in his words, I recorded with session musicians in a professional studio on 18th January 2016. I dare say that they speak volumes about my particular brand of autism... ...'Nine Eleven' I wrote in the week after the incident in …

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NAS “Too Much Information” campaign debated in Parliament

NAS “Too Much Information” campaign debated in Parliament

Author: Carly
Categories: News

2016.04.29 - Too Much Information campaign debated in ParliamentMPs discussed World Autism Awareness Week and the National Autistic Societies “Too Much Information” campaign in a three hour debate in the House of Commons recently…Read More

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Bad Neighbours 2 - Review

Bad Neighbours 2 - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“BAD NEIGHBOURS 2”Bad Neighbours 2, or alternatively, as it’s known in America Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising. The title has changed for International audiences in Europe and Australia to avoid confusion with the Australian soap of the same title, though how you would mix those two up is beyond my understanding. This film is the sequel to the surprise hit of …

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Do Lemons Have Feathers? - Book Review

Do Lemons Have Feathers? - Book Review

Author: Carly
Categories: Book Reviews, Guest Contributions, Guest Reviews

Book Review of“Do Lemons Have Feathers? More to Autism Than Meets The Eye”by David J BurnsJessica Kingsley PublishersI am not a fast reader and can easily be overwhelmed by a book, but not this one. David writes as if he were speaking directly to the reader as a friend. Indeed a friend in the know, because he has ASD ( …

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Joshua Wills - The homecoming film

Joshua Wills - The homecoming film

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

Petition Update for “Please bring my son back home #BringJoshHome”“Joshua Wills. The homecoming film.”14th May 2016 — I'm proud to have finally produced this film. The one I have been waiting to do for so long. Not many words required, but I dedicate it to you all, and to those still fighting. I will put links to other petitions on …

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Holby City and Autism - Guest Critique

Holby City and Autism - Guest Critique

Author: Dream
Categories: Guest Contributions

“Holby City and Autism”I feel the portrayal of Asperger Syndrome in Holby City in a negative way that has set understanding back 50 years.It comes across to me as though us people who have Asperger Syndrome is a problem and we must be kept in a metaphorical box.One example, the actor gets into bed in hospital to although not a …

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Exploding The Myths and Presenting a Positive Perspective of Autism - Dr Luke Beardon

Exploding The Myths and Presenting a Positive Perspective of Autism - Dr Luke Beardon

Author: Dream
Categories: Guest Contributions, News

Despite there being few recordings of Dr. Beardon's presentation"Exploding The Myths and Presenting a Positive Perspective of Autism"available to the public, I was extremely pleased to discover this version and thought it was very much worthy of sharing. Please enjoy...Diversity Conference - Exploding The Myths and Presenting a Positive Perspective of Autism - Dr Luke Beardon from UoC Learning and …

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May, with the theme of relationships.Read More

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Inadequacy of mental health services ‘a ticking time bomb’ say GPs

Inadequacy of mental health services ‘a ticking time bomb’ say GPs

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Inadequacy of mental health services ‘a ticking time bomb’ say GPsNews, 16th May 2016.Most GPs believe mental health services for young people are inadequate, with almost 9 in 10 fearing that children or teenagers may come to harm while waiting for specialist treatment, new research shows.A survey of 302 GPs for stem4, a charity that works to prevent mental ill …

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"Autism Society" - The Guardian

"Autism Society" - The Guardian

Author: Carly
Categories: News

The Guardian Newspaper currently have a section on their website where they post articles on Autism in Society.Read More

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The Autism Hero Awards

The Autism Hero Awards

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

“The Autism Hero Awards - Celebrating Excellence”The Autism Hero Awards have been created so that The Anna Kennedy Online Charity can showcase and celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism. They hope that the awards will also celebrate the achievements and enhance Autism awareness and acceptance within society.Nominations for the different categories are between the 7th May …

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Axia-ASD Ltd. Awarded Contract for CAMHS in North Wales

Axia-ASD Ltd. Awarded Contract for CAMHS in North Wales

Author: Carly
Categories: News

We are pleased to announce that Axia ASD Ltd has been successful in the bid to tender for the provision of Autism diagnostic services for North Wales CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).The contract has been confirmed to be for a minimum of twelve months.

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You're So Clumsy Charley - Review

You're So Clumsy Charley - Review

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: Book Reviews

Book Review of“You're So Clumsy Charley.”by Jane Binnion (Author), Colin Shelbourn (Illustrator)This book was recommended to me by a parent.  It was published in 2013 and somehow I seem to have missed it.  I note that in 2015 the British Dyspraxia Foundation ordered several hundred copies to be put into primary schools to help children understand more about Dyspraxia.The book …

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The Angry Birds Movie - Review

The Angry Birds Movie - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE”Yes, they have finally done it, they have made a movie out of a very, very plotless video game. This is the 2nd of what will be 4 video game adaptations to come out this year in cinemas, the previous one being Ratchet and Clank which I briefly talked about last week in my Bad Neighbours 2 …

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The Weekly Learning Disability Today Update

The Weekly Learning Disability Today Update

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Here at Axia we would like to share the Learning Disability Today "Weekly Update"Welcome to your weekly Learning Disability Today updateThis week, we focus on the disability employment gap – a TUC report has criticised the government, saying that it is set to miss its target to halve the gap, and our guest blog also covers the topic. In addition, …

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BBC Radio Stoke Feature

BBC Radio Stoke Feature

Author: Carly
Categories: Guest Contributions, News

Submitted for Guest ContributionWe received another update from Martin through our "Guest Contribution Form" about his recent interview on BBC Radio Stoke which is available to listen to until 22nd June 2016. On today's Perry Spiller Show on BBC Radio Stoke, the first item was an interview with me about Asperger's syndrome - how I came to be diagnosed very …

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You Can't Do That - Review

You Can't Do That - Review

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: Book Reviews

Book Review of“You Can't Do That”Written and illustrated by Sue Wood ISBN: 978-1909320611Funky Gerbil PressThe book is primarily about an elephant who has a dream but a crowd of people including a doctor, the fireman and newspaper reporter think it is silly. The book focuses on whether his dream becomes a reality or does he listen to the people who …

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Alex Lowery - May Update

Alex Lowery - May Update

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Hello I hope you are enjoying the warm weather.Thank you to all of you who have supported Alex in an event we have put on or have had Alex come to your organisation. This is just an opportunity to update you with how Alex is getting on and to tell you about some events that are coming up.Alex will be …

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X-Men Apocalypse - Review

X-Men Apocalypse - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“X-MEN APOCALYPSE”Yep another comic movie we’re certainly not short of them this year. Good news for comic fans like me, bad for people getting bored of Superhero movies. I love the X-men movies with the exception of X-men Origins Wolverine they really are not only great representations of the comic it’s based on but are movies that really entertain audiences …

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