PROGRAMME

Tuesday 17th April 2018 from 7.00pm
Room K103, Kimmeridge House
Bournemouth University, Wallisdown

How to find the room

Welcome

Our Host for the evening is Trish Jubb

Refreshments Available from 7.15pm.. Coffee/Tea with biscuits
Sensory Table Explore and try out items which may help to manage sensory sensitivities or which have been recommended for a sensory diet. Before & after the formal part of the meeting (but not during!)
Notices 7.30pm
  • Update on The DAAS Group, the Committee and teams.
  • Employment Opportunities. Feedback from Information Meeting for New Directions – a programme focusing on engineering and manufacturing sectors with the aim of up-skilling people and providing practical work experience and training.
  • DAAS Membership. The membership scheme is not continuing after 31st March tho’ it may be re-introduced later in the year. From 1st April we are introducing a £2 per person meeting charge with the first two meetings free for newcomers. For family members more than 2 people there is a cap of £5.
Main Event c7.45pm

We are pleased to welcome two of our DAAS Group members to present two very different topics both of which should give food for thought and later discussion.

An Autism Journey: My Perspective and Experience.
Sarah Wellaway was previously a member of Bournemouth University’s Psychology Department and was involved with the research into differences between people with and without an autism spectrum condition when looking at social situations. Several people from DAAS took part in this research. Sarah is now a new committee member and volunteer for DAAS, and will be talking tonight about why she is here, her experience of living with autism from a parent perspective and giving an insight into her personal thoughts of the Autistic Spectrum. 

Self-injury in autistic people: an immensely grateful talk! 
Rachel Moseley, is also a member of Bournemouth University’s Psychology Department.​Deliberate self-injury is a common phenomenon in autistic people, and is linked to a range of negative outcomes like mental illness and suicidal feelings. An important research goal is identifying what factors put autistic people at risk for self-injury, so we can identify and support them. Tonight Rachel will be feeding back her findings to the DAAS group, many of whom very kindly took part in the research. This talk will explore why autistic people self-injure, what factors make them especially vulnerable to doing so, & what they think about it

And Finally ..... Time after the Main Event to circulate, chat, seek advice or offer help and generally catch up.
Note for first-timers At DAAS meetings you are welcome to join in and take part but you are also welcome to just listen & observe – whatever feels comfortable.
Can You Help? Many thanks to those who already help in running DAAS meetings or who have recently offered to take on some of the support roles. If you would like DAAS to thrive and prosper please think seriously about what you too can do.