Friday, 15th December 2017

Dear reader,

 

Welcome to our October 2017
"Monthly Round-Up" Newsletter

October started with our announcing Axia’s new consultation room, before Calvin and Ren headed off to the London Film Festival where they produced a whole load of video blog reviews for us.

We also posted minutes from our September PDSG, and an article on Neil’s fundraising for the NAS. Some days later we were able to announce that Axia can be considered as the “Pathway of Choice” having secured a new contract with the CCG’s.

And as always there are News articles provided by Carly and Calvin’s Reviews for the Axia Film Society, along with two important articles about opportunity to change the law and provide feedback to Parliament.

All in all another busy month! We look forward to seeing you at our next PDSG on 8th November from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

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PIP and ESA Assessments inquiry

Author: Carly
Categories: News

The UK Parliament's Work and Pensions Committee have opened an inquiry into PIP and ESA Assessments.   They are currently accepting written submissions, the deadline for which is Friday 10th November 2017. The Committee invites evidence on the effectiveness of assessment processes used to determine eligibility for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The Committee is …

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NAS - Urgent opportunity to change the law

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

A plea from the National Autistic Society On 3 November, your MP has the chance to help change the law. You can make sure they do. You have an urgent opportunity to help change the law to limit the use of dangerous restraint on children and young people in mental health hospitals. Take action now and email your MP. In …

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Goodbye Christopher Robin - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN” Ok, when I put the film society on hiatus to do the London Film Festival, this is not the movie I expected to be reviewing when I got back. I was aware of the movie since I saw it being heavily advertised in the London Underground whilst I was there, but I didn’t have the intention of …

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Note about our November PDSG

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

REMINDER: Our next monthly Post-Diagnostic Support Group takes place on Wednesday 8 November between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm at the Lifestyle Centre in Crewe. In attendance from Axia ASD Ltd there will be:   Elspeth Bromiley David Reiser Calvin Atkinson Dream Renwick Bromiley Gail Pirie Hannah Williamson (Trainee Clinical Psychologist on placement with Axia ASD Ltd) Linda sends her …

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Author: Carly
Categories: News

What is Communication: Why is it important? A perspective from Axia ASD Ltd   As some of you may be aware, I embarked on a degree course in April 2017 in Leadership and Management through the University of Chester (after several years of encouragement from Linda). As part of this course I chose to attend a workshop recently on Communication …

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Psychological professions unite against conversion therapy

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

Mental Health Today - 16th October 2017 An updated memorandum of understanding (MoU) against conversion therapy has been launched today, which makes it clear that conversion therapy in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation (including asexuality) is unethical, potentially harmful and is not supported by evidence. Conversion therapy is the term for therapy that assumes certain sexual orientations or …

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METRO - Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me review

Author: Carly
Categories: News

None of us here at Axia have seen this as yet, so please leave a comment if you have. Review by Adam Starkey for Metro.co.uk - Tuesday 17th Oct 2017 Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me is a must watch (Picture: BBC/ Richard Ansett) Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me review: A stunning spotlight on the misconceptions of autism Chris Packham shows …

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Communication, autism and neurotypical people - New Book

Author: Carly
Categories: News

“A Mismatch of Salience” by Dr. Damian Milton Published by Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd A Mismatch of Salience brings together a range of Damian Milton’s writings that span more than a decade.   The book explores the communication and understanding difficulties that can create barriers between people on the autism spectrum and neurotypical people.   It celebrates diversity in …

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London Film Festival – Blog 15

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: The Summit #LFF2017   Our last review of London Film Festival is a Political Drama from Argentina that has us asking what the hell the point was.   Plus we answer what our best and worst of the festival was.   Follow us on Twitter: @atkinson_calvin and @FourTablesMTG  

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London Film Festival – Blog 14

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: The Breadwinner #LFF2017   We review an Animated film about the treatment of women in the middle east produced by the Song of the Sea director.   Follow us on Twitter: @atkinson_calvin and @FourTablesMTG  

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London Film Festival – Blog 13

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Lu Over The Wall #LFF2017   We finally review an Anime again which asks the question: What if a mermaid was in Footloose.   Follow us on Twitter: @atkinson_calvin and @FourTablesMTG  

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London Film Festival – Blog 12

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin, Ren & Katie Review: The Florida Project #LFF2017   It's the first disagreement we had on a film we've reviewed in our time at the London Film Festival and we make a bet on the oscar nominations which will happen in January.

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London Film Festival – Blog 11

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: The Cured #LFF2017     We finally get a Zombie movie to review and believe me it's more than Ellen Page that makes this one stand out. Follow us on Twitter: @atkinson_calvin and @FourTablesMTG

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Axia-ASD Ltd. as the “pathway of choice”.

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Axia ASD Ltd. are delighted to announce we have now signed a new contract with NHS Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Groups as: an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic pathway for individuals aged 16 and above.   You may recall that we previously had a contract with Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust but this was …

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London Film Festival – Blog 10

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: The Party #LFF2017   We're still at the London Film Festival and we've reviewed The Party and didn't quite get the film we were expecting...

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APA - Recognising Emotions in Others: Study

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

American Psychological Association October 10th, 2017 Best Way to Recognize Emotions in Others: Listen   Voice-only communication more accurate than visual cues for identifying others’ feelings, study says   WASHINGTON — If you want to know how someone is feeling, it might be better to close your eyes and use your ears: People tend to read others’ emotions more accurately …

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NAS E-newsletter – October 2017

Author: Carly
Categories: News

The National Autistic Society - Autism Hour swept the nation - your monthly newsletter              

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London Film Festival – Blog 9

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Loving Vincent #LFF2017   We continue our time at the London Film Festival with our review of the world's first oil painted animated feature film, covering the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh.

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Neil's Fundraising for the NAS

Author: Carly
Categories: News

We wanted to let people know about Neil's Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek - Fundraising for the National Autistic Society Event: Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek, 09 Nov 2017. Please click HERE or on the image above to donate. In November 2017 I will be heading off to India to complete a Charity Challenge.   In a small group we will be …

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London Film Festival – Blog 8

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Mutafukaz #LFF2017   We review the latest French/Japanese animated film to come from London Film festival. Which is actually madder than you'd expect.

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University of Salford Research - Participants Needed

Author: Carly
Categories: News

We received this request from The University of Salford and wished to share it on our website. Participants Needed We are looking for young adults aged between 18-25 years with a past diagnosis of high functioning autism spectrum disorder to participate in our six week intervention. We are seeking to recruit participants to pilot a new group cognitive behavioural social …

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London Film Festival – Blog 7

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Battle Of The Sexes #LFF2017   The London Film Festival Vlogs continue with our review of the biopic detailing the famous match between Billie Jean King and Bobbie Riggs... by two people who don't watch Tennis.

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Axia’s PDSG Dates for 2018

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

Axia-ASD’s Post-Diagnostic Support Group Dates for 2018 These are the confirmed dates and times we have been given for our PDSG meetings at the Crewe Lifestyle Centre. Any future changes to the times will be marked in red. Wednesday 31st January 2018 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Wednesday 14th March 2018 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Wednesday 25th April 2018 …

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London Film Festival – Blog 6

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Big Fish & Begonia #LFF2017   We have our first exposure to Chinese Anime courtesy of the London Film Festival.

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NHS Improvement - Alert

Author: Carly
Categories: News

READ THE FULL ALERT

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London Film Festival – Blog 5

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Five Fingers For Marseilles #LFF2017   Continuing our time at the London Film Festival we review a western set in South Africa.... well that's not something you say everyday

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Hero stranger calms autistic boy - London Evening Standard

Author: Carly
Categories: News

London Evening Standard - 6th October 2017 Moment hero stranger steps in to calm down autistic boy suffering episode on train   Daniel Ball, 21, has been hailed a 'hero' by the boy's mother after his act of kindness Lending a hand: Daniel Ball plays with Jack and his sister Amy in an image posted by single mother Gayna Pealling …

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London Film Festival – Blog 4

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno #LFF2017 It's our first ever documentary review, this should be interesting.

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London Film Festival – Blog 3

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Wonderstruck #LFF2017   We give our review of the latest film from director Todd Haynes (Carol) which is his adaptation of Wonderstruck.

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London Film Festival – Blog 2

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Blade Runner 2049   We take a break from the LFF to review the long awaited sequel to Ridely Scott's Blade Runner

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Flatliners (2017) - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“FLATLINERS” Flatliners is a film whose trailer caught my attention, however, for reasons you wouldn’t expect. Flatliners to me looked like it could be an interesting concept though it looked like it borrowed heavily from the Final Destination films, a series of films that I believe went down in rapid succession with every sequel, which kind of proves that this …

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London Film Festival - Blog 1

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

Calvin & Ren Review: Brigsby Bear #LFF2017 We kick off our London Film Festival blogs with our review of Brigsby Bear.

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£1.4m investment in Welsh schools' mental health

Author: Carly
Categories: News

A new initiative from the Welsh government has agreed £1.4m investment in child mental health at schools. The initiative will fund dedicated specialist child and adolescent mental health services to work with pilot schools in three areas across Wales.   The practitioners will provide teachers with on-site help and advice, ensuring pupils experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, and …

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Learning Disability Today - London 2017

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

Lots to learn at Learning Disability Today - London 22nd November 2017 To learn more about the 17th Learning Disability Today Exhibition and Learning Day on their website, click HERE. To book tickets to the event click the image above.

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4 Tables MTG - Post Rotation Pickups! BFZ - OGW

Author: Renwick
Categories: 4 Tables MTG, News

As we bid our farewells to Zendikar once more, now is the time to take a good look at the value the set leaves behind. An over-arching look at some of the notable investments to be made in BFZ-block through the lenses of EDH and Modern primarily. Here are links to my YouTube Channel, my Twitter and Tumblr accounts.

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Post-Diagnostic Support Group Minutes – September 2017

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Minutes of the Twenty Fourth Post-Diagnostic Support Group 27th September 2017 Minutes prepared by Linda Saint for the Monthly Post diagnostic support group, held at the Lifestyle Centre, Crewe. There were 41 attendees.   Introduction given by Dr Linda Buchan (consultant psychologist) who outlined the program and format for the meeting and introduced the guest speaker Dr Peter Mason (consultant …

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Our New Consultation Room

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Axia are pleased to announce that we now have our 3rd consultation room! We also use this room to film the Anime Amigos Vlog. Click on the images below to see enlarged versions.

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7949 Hours - The National Autistic Society

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

The National Autistic Society’s #AutismHour officially launches today! ➪ 4,938 shops and services will host their own National Autistic Society Autism Hour. ➪ 7,949 Autism Hours will take place all over the UK. This week, shops and services all over the UK are taking simple steps to a more autism-friendly world. This week, shops like John Lewis, Superdrug, Clarks, and …

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