We welcomed a great number of families and professionals to our stand at The Autism Show in London on 15-16 June - the UK's leading event for autism.

Cath Murray-Howard, Director of Strategy and Business Development, presented on ‘New Approaches and Innovation - Working with Children and Adults’, with Geraint Thomas, our Technology Transformation Partner.

They spoke about the need for a clear strategy, strong partnerships and challenges of transformation. Further highlights included READY, the autism-specific communication approach at The Disabilities Trust’s Heathermount School in Ascot; autism-specific Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach; re-provisioning of our adult services in partnership with families and commissioners; and tackling mental health in people with autism.

Cath said: "Once Geraint and I had finished speaking, I was struck by the number of colleagues from other care providers who approached us, keen to share their experiences in transforming services and to also forge relationships. I was proud to learn that The Disabilities Trust is truly responding to gaps in services for people with autism - I lost count how many times parents talked about a need for better education and transition services - all things we're actively working on."

As a large provider, which - at the moment - only delivers small numbers of autism services, this conference was a great springboard for us to explain to the sector our offer and also to learn from other organisations.

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Below are some highlights from colleagues at our stand:

As a Service Manager, it was excellent to receive feedback about our services and engage in conversations that may result in a placement with us."
Vicky Pace, Service Manager of The Maples - our centre in Reading

It was a privilege to speak to parents of autistic children who clearly had many concerns over their child’s education… looking ahead wondering how their child would be supported into further education or employment. It is a great encouragement to know that at Heathermount we are providing opportunities for children and in turn helping many families to feel supported and cared for. The need to expand our educational provision is ever apparent.”
Jane Jackson, Headteacher at Heathermount School, Ascot

You can visit www.autismshow.co.uk for more information about future events.

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