March Update.

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Welcome to our March Update!
express News in Brief

Hope you enjoyed the half term and are ready for Spring!

WAAD - As you will know for 2015 we are putting on a bigger event with three talks, local providers and national organisations taking part. Please do book as soon as possible (details below) as places are going fast. We are looking forward to bringing another great autism awareness event to Kingston - spread the word! 

HUSTINGS - As part of the NAS I'm One General Election Campaign we have been busy organising a hustings! This is a unique opportunity for a large number of us to raise our concerns and have our issues heard together by candidates from different political parties. Please see further details below. - So exciting!!

We would just like to say a big thank you to M&S Tolworth for their support & fundraising, especially Joe Hewlett. We received a cheque for just over £500 raised at their bikeathon. Much appreciated.  

If you are a parent/carer please could you complete our short survey if you have not done so already. This will help us evidence need. Thank you.
Your comments are always welcome - please click here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please continue to support us it really does make a difference. You can do your bit by spreading the word, attending events, offering your expertise, and fundraising. Please do get involved.

For further information on our upcoming events you can visit

best wishes,
Annette & Tracey
Express CIC World Autism Awareness Day 2015!

Over the last few years Express has put on events for the UN designated World Autism Awareness Day to help raise awareness in the community.
For April 2nd 2015 we are going even bigger!

We have organised a morning of events at The Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames.
Thursday 2nd April 10:30am - 13:00pm.

We are delighted to bring you talks from:

Dean Beadle - an experienced journalist who tours extensively speaking about his experiences with Aspergers
Joe, Max & Rosalind - three young people from Kingston will share their experiences of growing up on the autism spectrum

Saskia Baron - documentary film maker, credits include The Autism Puzzle (BBC2). Sakia's father Michael Baron is one of the founder parents of the National Autistic Society. She will talk about her big brother Timothy growing older with autism.

In addition, information and product stalls including:
SOS!SEN, Curly Hair Project, Kingston Carer's Network, Balance CIC and more...

The spaces on the talks are limited so please book your tickets as soon as possible.
If you do not manage to get a place at one of our talks there is still plenty of information to share on the day and as always, refreshments will be available.

Book using the link below.
Please ensure you click through to eventbrite to confirm your tickets.

EXPRESS WAAD - 2nd April 2015, Kingston.

We look forward to a great day raising awareness, providing & sharing information and establishing support networks.
We need you! Please do join us for an Express Hustings.

In the run-up to the 2015 General Election and as part of the 'NAS' I'm One' campaign, help Express make sure autism is a priority for every candidate looking to get elected. Ask your candidates what they will do to support people with autism and their families.

The evening will be chaired by John Williams, parent, author and comedian - My Son's Not Rainman. The focus of the evening will be on autism, SEND legislation and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions of your prospective parliamentary candidates for Kingston & Surbiton.

Join Express for a lively evening! In addition there is an opportunity to book tickets for John Williams show My Son's Not Rainman to follow immediately after the hustings!

Book your tickets here!

express Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at The Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
First Thursday of the month (term time) at Surbiton Children's Centre 7:30-9:00pm
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm

New Forest Spectrum
The first National music festival exclusively for those with learning disabilities.
If you have a learning disability and/or autism, New Forest Spectrum is the English music festival for you, your family and care staff. The festival is for all ages click
here for more information and tickets.

To The People Who Think My Son Doesn't Look Like He Has Autism
Ever experienced this? - Read what one mother had to say.

Autism, Aspergers & Depression
M Kelter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 30. He now writes about life on the Autism Spectrum, focusing on: childhood and adolescent experiences with mindblindess, depression and what it was like teaching himself to use body language. Read his blog here.

Cyberbullying - SEN & Disability
Cyberbullying and children and young people with SEN and disabilities: guidance for teachers and other professionals. The Anti-bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

Information with reference to the change in the administration of the Children with Disabilities Register. Should you need to renew your iCount card please email Please click here to read the letter.

Information for families about the SEND reforms, in particular the conversion of statements to Education, Health and Care Plans. A series of meetings being held to help explain this and give you a chance to speak to the SEN team direct. Please see details here and dates.

Kingston Carers Network
Support Group for Parents/Carers of Children with Mental Health Problems. Please see the attached flyer

Open Consultation, Care Act 2014: cap on care costs and appeals
consultation asks for your views on changes to the way care and support is funded, through the introduction of a cap on care costs. It also seeks views on proposals for a new system of appeals. For more information click here.

Surrey University Research Study - Anna Cook is a Psychology student at the University of Surrey, conducting interviews as part of a research study about inclusion and the experiences of 'Year 10 pupils with Asperger’s Syndrome/high-functioning ASD, and the beliefs of their parents regarding their learning and friendships'. If you would like more information click here. To take part contact Anna at

What happens during an EHC needs assessment

A useful guide can be found on IPSEAs website, click
here to view.

Mencap Wills & Trusts Events
Mencap are organising free wills & trusts events see their website to find one near you. 
The seminars will be presented by a specialist legal professional who will talk about how best to leave money behind to someone with a learning disability. It is an opportunity for families/carers to get straightforward, face-to-face advice.

Pictureexpress Yourself provides a space for children on the autism spectrum to interact and connect with others in a fun, supportive environment. The group aims to meet the specific and unique social and emotional needs of children with autism using creative tools such as drama, puppetry, art, music and storytelling. If you are interested in joining these groups please do email us at for more details.
Sibs @ Express is a group for children who have a brother or sister with autism to come together, make new friends and have a space to share their feelings. If you are interested in joining these groups please do email us at for more details.


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