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December 2010

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Autism Education Trust

Merry Christmas from everyone
at The Autism Education Trust



With a second cold snap on the way this week, and the prospect of a white Christmas more likely, no doubt you are preparing for the festive season with fervour. We would like to thank you for your continued interest in the work of The Autism Education Trust (AET) and we all hope you have a lovely Christmas break. The popular AET newsletter will be back in January with a new look, packed with more news and events for your information. We hope you continue to find it a useful and interesting resource – and please remember to tell colleagues to register their details with us to receive a copy directly.


We have lots of new activity to share with you in January. Some of the highlights will include:

  • A series of AET Training Days for professionals working with children and young people with autism with a particular focus on exclusions.
  • A new recognition scheme – the Autism Stars Awards – to celebrate and promote good practice in supporting children and young people on the autism spectrum.
  • Tools for Teachers will be available to purchase early in 2011.
  • New content in The Den, the AET dedicated website for young people with autism, their siblings and friends (
  • The Communication Trust has unveiled plans for Hello – the National Year of Communication with activity and events running throughout 2011. (


We appreciate that 2011 will provide challenges for us all in the current economic climate. With local authority budgets being placed under new strain this week, frontline services will undoubtedly be challenged. The AET exists to share good practice in education services for children and young people on the autism spectrum and we fully intend to continue to provide you with innovative and cost saving ideas and resources.

We wish you all the best for the New Year and look forward to updating you on forthcoming AET activity in January 2011.

With best wishes,

Sarah-Jane Critchley
Project Head
The Autism Education Trust

Some holly, because it's Christmas

Have Your Say

We are always 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, young people with autism and professionals working in the autism education field.

Visit Have Your Say on the AET website.

Further information

We hope you would like to continue receiving the AET e-newsletter. For any further information and feedback please contact us at:

Autism Education Trust, 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG
T: 0207 903 3650