March 2018

London - SoundLab Play Space at the Roundhouse, Camden NW1

Heart n Soul are hosting one of their regular events, SoundLab Play Space, at the Roundhouse. The Play Space brings together innovative music technology and people with and without learning disabilities to have fun making digital music and help inform companies on how to make their equipment accessible.

At the event we'll have technology from Mi.Mu, Korg and others. Heart n Soul artists Dean Rodney Jr and K-Dog will be performing and we'll have a pop up band that anyone can join – it's set to be a brilliant evening and I would love you to join us and get involved.

The event will take place on Wednesday 7 March. You can find full details below. 

It should be a great evening – please let others know about it as well!

SoundLab Play Space
Wednesday 7 March
5pm – 8pm
The Sackler Space
The Roundhouse
Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London, NW1 8EH

RSVP to jenny@heartnsoul.co.uk
www.heartnsoulsoundlab.com

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Harrogate - Autism Professionals Conference

Tickets are now on sale for The National Autistic Society's 2018 Autism Professionals Annual Conference! Kicking off on 7-8 March 2018 in Harrogate, this two day conference focuses on empowering autistic voice and choice. Hear from experts and learn from case studies. With four different seminar streams to choose from, you can select the stream most relevant to your work. Don’t miss out – book your ticket today!

Sign up now

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Watford Autism and SEN Sessions at Gambado

Friday 9th March 6.45pm - 8.15pm

Join Gambado Watford for a very exclusive Autism & SEN friendly session! Play on exciting play frames and have unlimited turns on Carousel, Dodgems and Climbing Wall. All for just £5 per child including 1 adult.

Book your spot today!

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South Woodford - Shabbat Shelanu

Shabbat Shelanu is an inclusive Shabbat Morning Service, designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. The service is open to the entire community (members and non-members) and all ages are welcome.

Contact the EL&ELS Office on 0208 989 7619 or email z.hajioff@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

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London - Access For All Family Day at The Jewish Museum

Sunday 11 March

An Access For All Family Day, with a range of sensory activities and object handling. For the last event, we worked closely with the Jewish Deaf Association (JDA), who provided sign language interpreters so that we were able to offer interactive storytelling which was BSL interpreted and a fun, hands-on BSL tour for all the family.

Events include:

  • Join the icandance company in a fun and creative dance class
  • Enjoy storytelling with BSL interpretation
  • Learn more about the museum’s collections in a fun, hands-on BSL tour for all the family
  • Meet our team and take part in sensory object handling
  • Construct and decorate your own wooden toy
  • Create your own theatre mask. Take a selfie with it in our photobooth or take it home to create your own Yiddish theatre
  • Design your own mosaic coaster and badge
  • Personalise your own craft photo frame
  • Relax in our Chill Out Zone
  • Have fun learning about our collection with our family backpacks

Find out more at www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

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London - The Autistix EP Launch

The Autistix have just released a new EP entitled 'The Meadow Sunshine' and are having a launch gig at The Monarch in Camden.

Date: 11 March 2018

Time: Doors open at 3pm, gig from 4pm-6pm.

Cost: FREE ENTRY

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London - Understanding the workplace, a course for autistic women who are working, including those with Asperger syndrome

A course developed and delivered by autistic women.

Our new two-day training course is for autistic women who are in employment and want to increase their understanding of the potential complexities of the workplace. It will specifically focus on the challenges women face and their skills.

You will have the opportunity to explore work-related challenges alongside other women on the autism spectrum. The course aims to increase your confidence and skills in the workplace, and will cover the following topics:

Diagnosis, and the impact for autistic women

We aim to ensure that women fully understand their autism, including their diagnostic journey, and how it affects them. We will provide information on the main differences and challenges that autistic women experience.

Disclosure – why, when and how

This section focuses on why, how, and when to disclose. Topics covered include general disclosure and effective disclosure in the workplace.

Personal relationships and safety, for well-being at work

We will explore women and their personal relationships, and how to remain safe and ensure well-being at work.

Workplace relationships and expectations

This section explores the expectations and challenges that women face in the workplace, as well as strategies for understanding setting healthy workplace relationship boundaries, and assertiveness.

Managing sensory sensitivities and anxiety

This section introduces strategies for managing sensory sensitivities and anxiety. 

Cost: The two-day course is priced at £380 + VAT.

Dates and Venue: 13 and 14 March 2018 in a London venue.

Book tickets and find out more

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Liverpool - The AutistiX at the world famous Cavern Club!

Monday 26th March 2018 – Cavern Live Lounge: Doors 6pm, Starts 6:30pm

Tuesday 27th March 2018 – Cavern Live Lounge: Doors 1pm, Starts 1:30pm

Free Entry – Donations to The National Autistic Society welcome

The AutistiX will play the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool on March 26th and 27th for World Autism Awareness Week and to benefit The National Autistic Society.

The AutistiX are a British rock band, who just happen to have members with Autism. It is a band that bonded as friends with passion for music and a mutual love of The Beatles. The band have become known for their original songwriting as well as performing popular covers, especially those of The Beatles.

This hard -working group experience many challenges in their lives, but also value the unique perspective that Autism gives them and the creativity that results.

The band has several missions – to be the best musicians possible, illustrate the talents and potential that musicians with Autism possess and promote social inclusion for people with disabilities.

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Week, which is from 26 March – 2 April and to highlight ability with Autism, the band has been invited to play the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool on the evening of March the 26th (as the guest act) and the afternoon of the 27th (with a press, PR and public event). The first Autistic band to play the venue in its 60 year history, performing Beatles classics as well as a few original tracks.

The AutistiX have also launched a fundraising campaign to help with the high level of expenses in going to Liverpool. The campaign is focussing on Liverpool but they also need help to cover their expenses of being in Bucharest to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe (though their air fare and hotel is being paid).

They would be very very grateful for your urgent help, any donation would really help them! The description of their trip to Liverpool is attached. https://www.gofundme.com/the-autistix-are-playing-liverpool

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UK - Dimensions Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

We work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host autism friendly screenings at over 300 cinemas nationwide.

On Sunday mornings throughout the month, films suitable for all audiences are screened in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment.

These adjustments aim to reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming environment.

Latest films

Cineworld

See an autism friendly screening of Peter Rabbit on Sunday 1st April at 11am, at participating Cineworld cinemas.

To be aware of..... This film contains a controversial scene where Mr McGregor has berries he is allergic to thrown at him. The film studio has apologised for this scene.

Showcase

See an autism friendly screening of The Greatest Showman (PG) on Sunday 11th March at 10am, at participating Showcase cinemas.

ODEON

See an autism friendly screening of Peter Rabbit on Sunday 18th March at 10:15am, at participating ODEON cinemas.

See a trial autism friendly screening for older audiences of Tomb Raider (TBC) on Monday 19th March at 6pm. This is at a selected number of ODEON cinemas.

To be aware of....

  • Unfortunately, Birmingham Broadway Plaza won’t be showing autism friendly screenings in March.
  • This film contains a controversial scene where Mr McGregor has berries he is allergic to thrown at him. The film studio has apologised for this scene.
  • ODEON Epsom’s autism friendly screenings begin at 11am.
  • Tickets for the latest releases may come with a small Blockbuster charge of £1, on top of the normal ticket price.

Vue

See an autism friendly screening of Coco on Sunday 25th March at 10:15am, at participating Vue cinemas.

Find out more at https://www.dimensions-uk.org/get-involved/campaigns/autism-friendly-cinema-screenings/

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Check back soon for more great events across the UK!

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