We are excited to learn that we have won a UNESCO Award – for all the projects we do !
Making Modern Love is a fortnight-long feature centred around Valentine’s Day, on love and relationships in the 21st century and what love really means to modern Britons.
We are enjoying meeting each other and communicating on this very lovely Facebook page, with all the members supporting each other – the transition is slow, but proving successful.
Voice recognition works really well on this page, so we welcome blind people back into our Club.
We are delighted that we will shortly be filmed for this show, which goes on the BBC News channel 9.15 – 11am every weekday. Press 130 to view. We will announce the date when we know it.
We are delighted that half the proceeds of this Christmas Fair will be donated to us, the first time this has ever happened! We have watched donors at a disability fair (Disability Awareness Day) put money into the collecting tins of the wealthy Leonard Cheshire Disability, but passing us by, because they are known and established and we are established but, as yet, unknown. Let’s hope this will be the start of financial stability and perhaps donations big enough to pay someone to take over from our ageing founder, Dr Tuppy Owens.
Unplugged for Autism is a brand new autism-friendly gig. It’s on 16 December at The Underworld, Camden Town (not wheelchair accessible).
As an autism-friendly space, Unplugged for Autism features
acoustic acts, including three autistic acts
· pared-back lighting
· room to move around the venu
spaces to relax
· easy-read information sent out before the gig
As you know, music has always been an escape and a solace for lots of people with autism.
However, many people with autism find it really hard to get out to live shows. Sensitivity to light, touch and noise all play a part. For lots of younger people it’s a confidence issue – having been bullied throughout school they are reluctant to engage in such an intense social situation.
We want to change that, and make sure that big shows with exciting artists are accessible to people with autism!
Absolutely everyone over 14 is welcome to come along, autistic or not, and enjoy a relaxed evening with us. Money raised from the tickets goes straight to our work, helping us create a world where people are accepted and welcomed for their differences.
Tickets are £15 each available here: www.autism.org.uk/
We were delighted to welcome a new volunteer into our fold. Gill Ray will become our marketing advisor and will also take over the running of our TLC-Trust website, so that it will again become fully functional for both service providers and users.
Tuppy Owens and Professor Claire de Than had a successful meeting at Scope where they agreed to work together to support disabled people in the social and sexual lives
Look at this blog Sometimes, it’s just a cigarblog praising Outsiders, and our fundraiser, the Sexual Freedom Awards :