Autism Friendly Museum Nights

Hi there, My name is Laura Bennison and I work as a Community Engagement Manager at National Museums Scotland. I’d like to let you know about two after hours events we have coming up at National Museums Scotland for young adults (14+) and their families/carers/youth workers. These events are designed to be an informal opportunity for Autistic teenagers to enjoy our temporary exhibitions and new … Continue reading Autism Friendly Museum Nights

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Gail’s ‘Paper and Pens’ Friendly Autism Support Book Launch

Join us for the launch of Gail’s ‘Paper and Pens’ Loanhead Library  Monday March 4th  4-5pm   Gail Keating has distilled over 30 years of learning from pupils with autism or complex needs, in a new book aimed at parents and carers. Gail wrote this enjoyable, friendly read for anyone who is interested in creative ways to improve mutual communication. Gail’s books are two illustrated … Continue reading Gail’s ‘Paper and Pens’ Friendly Autism Support Book Launch

March 26th The Scottish Strategy for Autism 7th Annual Conference

The Scottish Strategy for Autism Seventh Annual Conference   Tuesday 26th March 2019   Technology & Innovation Centre University of Strathclyde 9:00am – 4:30pm We are delighted to invite you to register for this year’s conference, the theme being post-diagnostic support. The conference is principally intended to disseminate good autism practice and to be of benefit to professionals.  However, autistic individuals and families are also welcome to … Continue reading March 26th The Scottish Strategy for Autism 7th Annual Conference

Alive and Singing -wellbeing group for care staff

A new singing group for current and retired health and social care workers. Relax, de-stress, have fun and make new connections with each other through song. Songs will be taught by ear in a relaxed and fun environment – no previous experience needed. All welcome! Cairngreen dayroom, Midlothian Community Hospital, Bonnyrigg Tuesdays 5.30 – 7PM  cost £5 Jan 15th, 29th; Feb 26th, March 12th, 26th 2019  ‘I … Continue reading Alive and Singing -wellbeing group for care staff

Life’s Spectrum – Dalkeith songwriter’s song about her son

Dalkeith based songwriter Vicky Haylott wrote and performed a song about her improved perspective on life as a consequence of seeing the world through her son’s eyes. ‘Life’s Spectrum’ was inspired by his unique take on the world and the frustrations around how much he is required to fit into neurotypical expectations. Vicky performed and professionally recorded the song at the Midlothian council autism strategy … Continue reading Life’s Spectrum – Dalkeith songwriter’s song about her son

Events and resources for autistic children and young people National Museum of Scotland

National Museums Scotland is committed to encouraging children and young people on the autism spectrum to visit and enjoy our museums. We now have a range of initiatives to support and welcome families with autistic children to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Read about the early doors opening, sensory backpacks and more… https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/plan-your-visit/events-and-resources-for-autistic-people/   Continue reading Events and resources for autistic children and young people National Museum of Scotland

VOCAL Short Break Fund Available for Carers

Wee Break Midlothian is administering a Short Breaks Fund and Better Breaks Fund at the moment. Details about these two funds is listed below: Short Breaks Fund for adult carers and young carers.  This fund is supported through Midlothian Council and Shared Care Scotland and is designed to give unpaid carers a break from their caring role. You can apply for anything that would give you a break from your caring role, for … Continue reading VOCAL Short Break Fund Available for Carers

New comedy show explores social education for kids

“Gongo Learn the Rules!” is a new theatre show inspired by Midlothian Autism Strategy created by Penicuik based Engross Theatre Company. The show is aimed at children or adults with learning disability or autism and uses slapstick comedy and audience participation to explore social routines like meeting and greeting. Young Ben loves everything Sci-Fi, like Star Wars and Star Trek, but his biggest dream of all … Continue reading New comedy show explores social education for kids

For all the dads

We wanted this website to share the thoughts and experiences of families living in Midlothian and not just about signposting to events or supports. This article was contributed by a dad whose son was recently diagnosed in Midlothian – he offers thoughtful insight into the journey he’s just begun, the highs and lows, and what has helped.  We’d love to hear from anyone with whom his … Continue reading For all the dads

What should we focus on next?

Midlothian autism strategy group sounds terribly official but we are a bunch of people who work in Midlothian who care about autism, and what difference we can make by working together. Some of us work in education, social care or health, some of us work in employment support or the arts. We got together because of the strategy whose biggest aim is to create practical … Continue reading What should we focus on next?

Midlothian autism and other supports

One of the things you told us in the development of the strategy was having an easy way to find out about autism supports in Midlothian. Think of this guide as a ‘work in progress’ rather than a perfect picture. We’ve divided it into adult supports, and children and family supports. Just click on the links. You can download a copy from these links. If … Continue reading Midlothian autism and other supports

My Place, My Perspective

“My Place, My Perspective is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be delivered in partnership by Lothian Autistic Society, The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Historic Environment Scotland. The project is funded for three years and we, ideally, would like the young people to stay for the duration of the project. Young people should be aged 11-14 at the start of the project. … Continue reading My Place, My Perspective

Archive: Our Autism Event in Midlothian Monday 26th March 2018

This event took place in March 2018 to showcase the work of the Creative Team who are exploring ways to share lived experience and positive views on autism and neurodiversity.  Join us, have a coffee, come say hello at an event to share some of the actions of the Midlothian Autism Strategy. So far we have some really interesting people connected to autism in Midlothian … Continue reading Archive: Our Autism Event in Midlothian Monday 26th March 2018

THURSDAY LIVE: Free performances for adults with learning disability/autism

THURSDAY LIVE is for adults with learning disabilities and if you need support please bring your support staff with you thanks. If you’re new to TLIVE, please let Cherry Road know you’d like to join the fun. THURSDAY LIVE, Thursdays, 2pm-3pm, Cherry Road Resource Centre, Bonnyrigg For more info contact Annabel at Artlink annabel@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk 0131 229 3555 / 07527 332 708 Continue reading THURSDAY LIVE: Free performances for adults with learning disability/autism

Saltersgate School’s ‘The Great Monkey Escape’ animation is revealed

As part of Dalkeith’s Museum’s Corn Exchange community engagement project, pupils from Saltersgate school have been developing an exciting piece of work in response to the story of the escaped monkeys from the Zoo circus in 1933 in Ironmills Park. Using newspaper articles as a starting point, the pupils have been creating drawings and images to illustrate the story and have created a short piece … Continue reading Saltersgate School’s ‘The Great Monkey Escape’ animation is revealed

Dalkeith pupils with autism to design their own youth club

October 2017 A pilot for a new project has been successful for students of Dalkeith High School who have autism to inform the design of their own youth club. A small group of students will work alongside Barnardos staff with experience of running clubs in Edinburgh and Artlink who will provide specialist activity of choice like film editing and animation. The work will focus on … Continue reading Dalkeith pupils with autism to design their own youth club