Through Shropshire’s Short Breaks programme, Autism West Midlands provided some Drama Workshops for young people on the autism spectrum.
Emma Hegenbarth, one of the Shropshire Autism Development Coordinators shares a story of how the workshops have benefited one young person:
“Chloe attended Autism West Midlands drama workshops earlier in 2012. As a result she has gone from strength to strength and has joined a local main stream drama group. She was really nervous about trying a new activity and meeting new people but her love of drama spurred her on to give it a whirl. The sessions were provided just for children on the autism spectrum so everyone understood the challenges she was facing and the things she may find difficult. The groups were small which helped her feel more settled and meant she got to know everyone more easily. Meeting other young people on the spectrum was a real breakthrough for Chloe, it helped her realise she isn’t the only one – now she feels less isolated and more positive about the condition. Although the sessions were only short (about an hour) it still made a BIG difference to Chloe and her family – it gave her something to look forward to, the chance to spend time away from her family and develop her skills.
Chloe says that joining in with Short Breaks has helped her become more confident about trying new things, and was the catalyst to her joining a main stream drama group – in the New Year she is hoping to do two sessions every week. This is a fantastic achievement for Chloe; in the future she would like to study drama in more depth and perform in more productions.”
As well as Short Break opportunities Autism West Midlands also provide a variety of other services to families and professionals with autism spectrum concerns.
You can contact the Autism West Midlands Information Helpline on 0303 03 00 111 or take a look on their website for more information.
Invitation to apply for contracts during April 2013 to March 2014
Shropshire Council is seeking applications from service providers to assist it in meeting the requirements of ‘The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2010’.
Shropshire Council are inviting applications for the following;
• Provision of a playscheme during Easter and Whitsun school holidays 2013 for children and young people with disabilities aged 5-19.
• A range of short break opportunities that will run for up to one year from April 2013 to March 2014 with the possibility of extension by one year.
For further information please click here.
Today (3rd December 2012) is International Day for People with Disabilities and coincides with the ‘All In’ Short Breaks Blog page going live.
Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.
The theme for International Day for People with Disabilities 2012 is:
‘Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all’
“International Day for People with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
IDPwD brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations, and governments from every corner of the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.”
(Text taken from http://www.idpwd.org)
For further information please click here which will take you to the United Nations webpage for IDPwD.
Welcome to the ‘All In’ Short Breaks Blog page.
Internet use and the world of social media is changing the way we can communicate with each other and ‘All In’ is giving it a go too. We are keen to use new ways to provide information and now that many families and professionals receive the ‘All In’ activity programmes by email we decided to keep the momentum going by setting up a Blog page!
This Blog page will be used to provide information not just about ‘All In’ Short Breaks but other relevant information from the Short Breaks Team and guest ‘Bloggers’ that may be of interest to families and professionals.
You can keep up to date by signing up to ‘follow’ the page and receive emails when new Blogs are added – just enter your email address and press ‘follow’ on the right hand side of the page.
If you’ve not heard of Shropshire’s ‘All In’ Short Breaks project before please click on the About header to find out more information.
So there we have it – ‘All In’ Short Breaks first Blog… done!