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  • Ros Blackburn and Dean Beadle - Thanks to you both and the Rossendale Trust

    Hi there Everybody....

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a free event held by The Rossendale Trust in Macclesfield. The event entitled 'Living on the Spectrum' featured guest speakers Ros Blackburn and Dean Beadle and I just wanted to extend a very big thank you to both speakers and to the organisers The Rossendale Trust for putting on such a good afternoon.

    I have seen Ros speak a couple of times before, both nearly ten years ago and I have been trying to catch her again since. It was quite fitting that she opened her talk describing how she is almost at the peak of her learning now and how many people say to her that she is different person to what she was ten years ago (aren't we all?). Her talk was incredible....heartfelt, emotional and delivered with incredible passion.

    The first two times I saw Ros speak were very similiar to each other, whereas yesterday was totally different and a powerful insight into the adult care system and how as caregivers by thinking from a neurotypical perspective that we have got it so right, more often than not means we get it so wrong. It was very pertinant to someone such as myself with a long history in health and social care...her thoughts on the failings of person-centred planning clearly mirror my own.

    I have never before had the pleasure of hearing Dean Beadle speak and indeed it was a pleasure. Dean's is a funny and at times sad journey through the life of an Asperger sufferer, perfectly juxtaposed with Ros' position on the spectrum and emotional intensity. Throughout the afternoon I felt the need to scibble down copious notes to use in furture training sessions, but instead I just listened and learned. I strongly recommend anybody with an interest in autism to catch either of these two riveting speakers

    Speak soon




  • Specialist Autism Training for Mid-Cheshire NHS Trust

    Hello There...

    ProACT starts it's third large NHS contract by delivering specialist autism workshops to Mid-Cheshire NHS Trust. In addition to the statutory and specialist training that we already provide for East Cheshire NHS Trust, tomorrow sees the start of a programme of 12 specialised autism workshops which will run bi-monthly from now until April 2014

    I spent most of yesterday working through the course and looking at specific environmental issues. All ProACT's courses are delivered specific to the audience and tomorrow I have a workshop with mostly A&E dept staff. Writing some of the case studies was interesting and made me realise how difficult it must be for A&E satff to support patients with autism, who quite often come in without the benefit of warning or pre-planning or much in the way of a history. I really enjoy running these workshops for nurses and other clinical staff, they are very caring people and enthusiasm and involvement is always very high.

    I will have more news soon about the projects we are involved with including Autism Networks Winter Conference and the launch of our first STAPLLE (Support Training for Autistic People in Living and Learning Environments) course

    Speak soon




  • Cheshire Independent Living Awareness Day

    Hello there...

    Friday saw the second Cheshire Independent Living Awareness Day and ProACT, Open2Autism and STAPLLE would just like to say a big thank you to the organisers for a fantastic and exceptionally well organised event. The afternoon was really busy, there were three of us manning the stall and there was a constant stream of people coming through all day. I barely had a chance to leave the stall, but I did find time to have a chat with the team from Orkidideas and had a look at their TomTag communication system...well worth a look.

    I also had a chance to speak to the guys from Manchester Airport who are doing some great work for people with autism, easing their way through the sometimes stressful and long process of boarding the aircraft. They have a really useful booklet for each of the three terminals guiding the individual through with photos and simple text. They also use a subtle wristband system to prevent queueing and unnecessary checks. Great work...

    Must not forget the signing choir for the deaf who were brilliant. All in all a great day and we will be booking our stall for next year as soon as possible.

    Speak soon





    Hi Again...

    Just a quick reminder that we have a few spaces left on this thursdays 'Introduction to Autism' course in Hartford, Northwich...please get in touch if you wish to attend. We are more than happy to deliver this course for companies and other organisations in-house as well as any of our more specialised courses. Please get in touch for more details...

    We will also be at the Cheshire Independent Living Awareness Day at Moss Farm in Northwich pop by the stall and say hello, find out more about what we do...


    The ProACT team



  • We're back !!!

    Hello again...

    We are finally back with our brand new updated website and back blogging again....

    Things have been moving very fast here, alongside the statutory and specialist training that ProACT provide for East Cheshire NHS Trust, we will also be delivering specialist autism training for Mid-Cheshire covering Leighton and Northwich hospitals. We begin a series of workshops aimed specifically at clinical staff very soon.

    Michael has taken a new position at Autism Networks as project co-ordinator. He will be helping to develop the centre and make it more accesible for individuals and families on the autism spectrum. One of his focuses will be to open the centre for adults with an autism diagnosis throughout the day. As an ex-registered manager of adult autism services, Michael sadly knows about the lack of suitable provisions for day activites...this is something he will hopefully be rectifying.

    We have also launched our not-for-profit organisation Open2Autism aimed at supporting parents, families and individuals with an autism diagnosis in the Northwich area....Our next night is on Tuesday 27th August, please contact for more details

    Michael has also been involved in the development of STAPLLE (Support Training for Autistic People in Living and Learning Environments). The system is a new behaviour support approach aimed specifically at parents of individuals with autism who challenge. We believe with the correct support more people can stay in their home environment and not be placed in residential care.

    So there is a quick whirlwind tour of what we have been up to....please contact us for more details

    Speak Soon

    The ProACT Team




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