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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

    Michael

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