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December 2007

Welcome to the first Autism Education Trust (AET) e-newsletter. We will be sending you
a bi-monthly email like this to keep you up to date with AET news.

In this edition:

The launch of the AET in parliament

  • How you can get involved with the AET Advisory Council
  • AET Research news
  • Information and advice about coping with Christmas

We hope you all have a very happy festive season and a prosperous and healthy 2008.

Thank you for your continued support and best wishes,

Judith Kerem
AET Project Manager

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Is there someone you think would be interested to hear about the AET please forward this newsletter to them and we can keep them up to date. This e-newsletter will also be available soon on the AET website.

AET launched in parliament to resounding applause
The Autism Education Trust (AET) was launched on 12 November in the House of Parliament at an event hosted by Barry Sheerman MP, Chair of the newly established Children, Schools and Families Select Committee. Schools Minister Andrew Adonis spoke at the event;

“The Government is committed to achieve more for parents and children with autism. The AET is a welcome addition to the range of initiatives the DCSF is involved with including Aiming High for Disabled Children and Every Child Matters. It is just one building block in what we hope to be a raft of provision for children with autism. The AET will be an important provider of quality training, consultancy and support for the children’s workforce.”

Andre Jean-Baptiste, a young man with Asperger syndrome, and Debbie Waters, a mother of two sons with autism, both gave moving accounts of their experiences at the event.

Read their speeches and more about the launch.

Get involved: AET Advisory Council

Over the past two months we have been working on plans to establish an Advisory Council to represent young people with autism, parents and professionals in the ongoing work of the AET. We would like anyone with an interest in becoming more directly involved with the AET to contact us with their contact details and a little about their situation and experiences. Perhaps you know someone you think would be interested? If you or any of your friends or colleagues would like to know more, please email or call Judith Kerem on 07795 667749.

Research team appointed to map autism education provision

A team of researchers from the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham has been appointed by the AET to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to map existing autism education provision and identify gaps.
This research will help to shape the development of the AET. More information will be available on the AET website shortly. If you are interested in being involved in the research please email.

Coping with Christmas

Christmas can be a fun and exciting time but for parents of children with autism, it can also be very stressful. The National Autistic Society offers lots of information and advice for parents preparing for the festive season. Visit the NAS website to find out more about preparation, suitable gifts and additional reading resources.

Have Your Say

We are really keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions for the AET. Please visit the
AET website and fill in the online form to tell us about your experiences of autism education. We want to hear from parents, carers, children and young people with autism and professionals working in the autism education field.

Perhaps you know of a really good outreach team you would like to tell us about?
Perhaps your school is very supportive and provides a range of pupil-centred initiatives to support learners with autism. Or perhaps your experience is not as positive. Have you struggled to access appropriate education for your child? Have you experienced bullying at school as a result of your autism?

Whatever your experiences, we would like to hear from you. You can provide us with useful first hand information to ensure our work is relevant and targeted. We are planning to set up an advisory council to advise, inform and engage parents, carers, children and young people with autism and professionals working in the autism education field across the country. If you are interested in taking part please let us know via the ‘have your say’ form.

Fill in our online form.

Further information

  • If you require advice and information about living with autism please visit The
    National Autistic Society website.
  • If you would like further information on autism education please visit the
    TreeHouse website.
  • The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to the other UK nations. For further information please visit their website.
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