News, Events, Autism Awareness & Understanding

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Welcome to our April Newsletter!
express News in Brief

April is World Autism Awareness Month. Raising awareness is very important and at the core of what we do. Even more important is increasing understanding and providing opportunities and this is at the heart of what we do.

It's been a very busy few weeks organising and running events with lots more to come!
Thank you to everyone who came along to our comedy evening at the CornerHouse.

Comedian and single dad John Williams turned everyday moments into funny and memorable anecdotes in his show 'My Son's Not Rainman' 

An audience of around 120 enjoyed John's selection of quirky and  heart-warming stories. 'It is great to be able to laugh with other parents and celebrate the joy' and 'John is such a beautiful storyteller, tugging at heartstrings and making you laugh at the same time.'

Since premiering at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013, My Son's Not Rainman has toured extensively in the UK and Europe, and John's book, based on his experiences, will be published in September.

We were delighted with the reception John received at the Cornerhouse. It was a great turn-out for a Monday night and the audience was very welcoming and enthusiastic.

We are so grateful to John and the Cornerhouse for helping us raise over £1,000 for Express and helping to spread awareness about autism in the local community.

Unfortunately we did not go before the Growth Committee in March as we were supposed to. We will keep you updated with our progress but to find out a little bit more about our plans, please take a look at our new 

Over the next few months, as well as working on significant Capital Grants, we will be launching a fundraising campaign to specifically raise funds for the hub. We will need to reach out to businesses and the wider community. We need your help! If you have contacts, specific experience or would like to become involved please do get in touch.

Please do let us know what you like to see in the newsletter, what you would like to see more of or less of. Have a look at the links, we try to include as many informative articles as possible. 
We have an excellent dedicated small team of volunteers but we really do need support with fundraising to help cover our increasing costs. Please do consider fundraising for us, however big or small it all helps! Some ideas ... Coffee mornings, cake sales, quiz night in your local, good as new sale or pamper evening. Please also nominate us in your local supermarket schemes or look out for community funds we can apply for. We really need your help!

Please could we ask as many people as possible to sign up to
easyfundraising. It doesn't cost you anything and you can raise money for express when you shop online. See below for details.

Your comments are always welcome - please click
here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you. 

For further information on our upcoming events you can visit & for other events locally

best wishes,
Annette & Tracey
World Autism Awareness Month!

 Thank you to everyone who liked and shared our pictures on World Autism Awareness Day. 
On 28th April 2016 we have organised a program of events at The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames including a morning of talks and information from local providers who will have stalls at the event. Spaces are going fast so book your place now to avoid disappointment.

This year we have a series of talks from :

Alis Rowe of The Curly Hair Project - 11am BOOK HERE
Alis is a panel member for Express and works with us regularly to raise awareness. 'My name is Alis and I am the founder of the curly hair project, a social enterprise.I am 26 years old and I have lived in London my entire life. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when I was 22. After struggling to find relateable, uplifting material for – and about – adult women with ASD, I decided to create my own. My social enterprise, the curly hair project, was formed in 2013 and is now an award winning organisation known worldwide. I am a successful and popular author and my books have been endorsed by leading clinical psychologist, Professor Tony Attwood.'

Chris Bonnello of Autistic not Weird - 11:15am for parents BOOK HERE, 12:15pm for professionals BOOK HERE
We are delighted to bring Chris to Kingston.
"Chris Bonnello is a former primary school teacher with Asperger Syndrome, who has also worked in special education and to this day tutors teenagers on the autism spectrum. In April 2015 he launched Autistic Not Weird, in order to share both his personal and professional insights. In its first eleven months his site has received over 550,000 hits, and this has resulted in a Facebook community of almost 20,000 followers.
Offline, Chris delivers talks to educational charities and parent groups, and is aiming for a career in autism advocacy. He is also an unashamed chess geek, captain of his local Boys’ Brigade, and is undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University."

John Williams of My Son's Not Rainman - 12pm BOOK HERE
John is a patron of Express and does so much for us raising awareness. John is a comedian and author (My Son's Not Rainman - published by Michael O'Mara books in September 2016). John will talk about being a Dad to his wonderful Son, who just happens to have autism and cerebal palsy.

Joe, Max & Rosalind young people from Kingston - 12pm BOOK HERE
Please do come and listen to 3 young people from Kingston who are keen to help Express raise autism awareness. Joe, Max and Rosalind will share their experiences of growing up on the autism spectrum. 


All of the talks are subsidised by Express and therefore provided free of charge to you. To book any of the the talks above click on the BOOK HERE links beside each title and follow the instructions to reserve your place. 

Whilst we are providing the talks and refreshments free of charge we would appreciate any donations you are able to make via our local giving page, this will help us to continue to put on events. Please DONATE HERE

express Support Groups
If you haven't yet been to one of our parent/carer support groups, please do come along. We are all very friendly and these groups are run by and for you. These groups are for whether you are currently going through diagnosis, have just received a diagnosis or have valuable experience to share. We run both daytime and evening groups. 
  • Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at the Rose Theatre
  • 1st Thursday of the month (term time) at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm
NEXT: APR 14th
  • NEW 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Express Offices 9:00-11:00am  
NEXT: APR 12th
  • NEW TYA 3rd Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   
NEXT: APR 18th 
  • Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm  
NEXT: APR 26th
  • Every Tuesday EHCP 1:1 Support by Appt. - Express Offices 9:00-12:00pm  Contact or (to arrange appt.)
Take a look at our new video - An Introduction to Express CIC

Thank you to John Williams who made this lovely little video for us.

A very useful guide to share with school

Barcelona Marathon

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Caoimhe for completing the Barcelona marathon for express. Caoimhe has raised an amazing £480!!

Caoimhe said:
It was a tough race- very undulating...the final 3k was a lovely hill! I finished the race in 4:08.


Watch How Apple’s Technology Helped an Autistic Teen Find His Voice

Watch the NAS film and experience what sensory overload is like for a boy on the autism spectrum.

Interesting Articles :

Autism friendly communities are places we should all want to live
10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be Autism Aware
We never thought he wouldn’t come home’: why did our son, Connor Sparrowhawk, die?
Young people with Learning Difficulty Assessments
Superheroes and Sidekicks: Teaching and Learning From My Daughter With Autism
Dad’s Big Idea Helps Nonverbal Daughter in a Way No Other App Could
Doctor's diary: Why do people with autism die so young?
A Day in the Life of a Child With Executive Functioning Issues

Autism Friendly Theatre - Wicked
Autism Friendly Theatre - Matilda

If you come across any interesting articles you'd like us to share in our newsletter next month please do email them to us. Also feel free to share on our facebook page.

Schedule of events now updated including upcoming open meetings.


Date: Saturdays 23rd & 30th April 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm 
Venue: EXPRESS CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Surbiton, London, KT6 7EL 
Cost: £140 (significantly reduced rates for parents)
Participants will be provided with four manual sets (Modules 1-4) and pocket books of Signs and Symbols (Stage 1-4 plus additional vocabulary).

Express CIC is near Tolworth train station and accessible by bus routes 406, 418, 281, K1, and K2.

Contact: Fouad Abbad 07405 729604

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Express?


There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including the holiday companies above as well as Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

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There are no catches or hidden charges and Express will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

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