Portsmouth Autism Community Forum
Healthwatch Portsmouth is working with Portsmouth City Council to administer the Portsmouth Autism Community Forum. The Autism Community Forum is a place where people with autism, their families and carers can meet with service providers such as the council, health services and support groups. We want your views and for you to have your say to make services in Portsmouth better.
Portsmouth’s Gun Wharf Quays shopping centre is to mark world autism week 1 – 7 April 2019 with autism friendly ‘autism hours’ everyday.
On Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April at 4 – 5pm, Saturday 5 April 9-10am and Sunday 6 April 2019 10-11am shops in the centre will be dimming their lights and turning off music to make the shops friendlier for autistic people.
Further information on the Gunwharf Quays website
The notes from the Portsmouth Autism Community Forum meeting held on 28 February 2019 are now available:
PACF meeting 28 February 2019 notes
The Government has launched a review of its national adult autism strategy Think Autism.
Think Autism is a cross-government strategy, launched in April 2014, which set out the steps that the Department of Health, local councils and other bodies would take to improve the quality of life for autistic adults and ensure that services met their needs.
Now the Government is reviewing the effectiveness of the strategy and the progress that has been made as well as asking for ideas for new action to be taken. In particular it wants to hear the experiences of care and support received by autistic people. If you are an autistic person, a family member of, […]
On Saturday 2 March 2019 Sarah Hendrickx will be speaking at a National Autistic Society South Hampshire branch seminar at the Chandlers Ford Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2GJ.
Sarah will be presenting two sessions: Women and Girls and Autism: What’s the Difference and Social and Personal Relationships on the Autism Spectrum
Further details (taken from NAS South Hants website)
10.30am to 12.30pm: Women and Girls and Autism: What’s the Difference
For many years, autism was considered as predominantly a male condition, with few women diagnosed. More recently, there has been a realisation that autistic females exist in much greater numbers than previously thought, partly through historical bias and also because some girls and women […]
On Sunday 10 February 2019 Future in Mind will be running a conference for young people age 12-25 looking at young people’s mental health.
Speak Your Mind – A mental health conference for young people
Speak your mind is a conference for young people aged 12 to 25 to shape how schools and services in the city respond to the mental health of young people.
The event is being run by Future in Mind, a group of young people who work with services and commissioners to improve mental health services.
The event officially starts at 1:30pm but there will be a free lunch and opportunity to […]
The next meeting of the Portsmouth Autism Community Forum will be on Thursday 28 February 2019 10-11:30am at the Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BJ.
At this meeting we will continue to look at employment with speaker Beatriz Lopez from the Portsmouth University Autism Centre for Research on Employment
All are welcome
The Portsmouth Autism Community Forum is a place where people with autism, their families and carers can meet with service providers such as the council, health services and support groups.
The notes from the Portsmouth Autism Community Forum meeting held on 28 November 2018 are now available:
Notes from PACF meeting 28/11/2018
At the meeting we heard from representatives from Job Centre Plus, the You Trust and the National Careers Service
On 12 February 2019 Portsmouth Parent Voice will be running Local Offer Live – a day of workshops and information about the different services across the city for children and young people up to 25 with special needs and disabilities.
The event will take place at Paulsgrove Community Centre, Marsden Road, Paulsgrove, PO6 4JB