Events throughout the year
Autism Movement Therapy Sessions - Starting Tuesday, 23rd January!
We are very excited to be launching Autism Movement Therapy dance sessions in which will be taking place, commencing Tuesday, 23rd January, 6.30 - 7.30pm at King Street Dance Studios in Newton Abbot. This will be a taster session. The dance is a structured 45 minute movement & music body/brain based class for individuals with autism and related differences. Please note that we are not charging for these sessions - however, we do ask politely that people make donations towards this event, as we have to pay for the studios and space that is required for these sessions. If you would like to find out more about this, or have questions, please get in contact with us. We look forward to seeing you there!
Autism Movement Therapy Participants
Positively Autistic's "Wear Ribbons" campaign, April 2016
Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce that we will be selling Positively Autistic ribbons again this year. They will be available from the second week in March. This year, as well as helping fund our radio shows, we will also be donating some of the money towards Colin Brennan. Colin is 13 years old and on the autism spectrum. In 2013, he attended Autism's Got Talent in England, to participate with his beautiful singing voice. He has been invited back again this year, in May, to attend at the Mermaid Theatre in London. You may also donate via the link below to help Colin's fundraiser https://www.gofundme.com/3jkdbmru
PGCE & BEd Primary Inclusion Conference, February 2016, University of Plymouth
On Friday 26th February, Co-founder Joe Westlake and Events Co-ordinator Sophie Godwin both did a talk at the BEd and PGCE Primary Inclusion conference about autism, sharing their experiences working with those on the autism spectrum and their work in schools as student teachers.
World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd April
We are very excited to announce that this April, we will be holding the second annual "Wear Ribbons" event in order to raise autism awareness. This year, we will have our own "Positively Autistic" ribbons, in which we will be selling in order to awareness and money for Positively Autistic's online radio shows. We have a Facebook event in which you can join https://www.facebook.com/events/1545859529025696 to find out more. Please also share the event with your friends and family members, who may also be interested. There is more to come soon - look out for lots of photos of people wearing their Positively Autistic ribbons on the day, April 2nd.
We regularly update this page according to what's going on in the autism community. As well as this, Sarah Scrimshaw also holds a section of the page regarding the autism events in which she is a part of in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. We have been very fortunate at Positively Autistic in running a number of fundraisers and events with our international team members.
World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd, 2015
Every year on April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. For us at Positively Autistic, everyday is an Autism Awareness day, however, this is a very special day where everyone from different autism organisations come together and either take part in some events and fundraisers in order to raise the profile on autism, dress up, wear certain colours, etc. Last year of 2014, we, at Positively Autistic, held a Wear Ribbon Day, it was a huge success. We each tied Autism Awareness Ribbons around ourselves in order to raise autism awareness. This year, we will be doing the same after last year's success! The day itself, this year, falls on Thursday. We will be doing a special radio show the weekend before this year with the whole team at Positively Autistic. We will have Autism Awareness ribbons available this year which will be available for purchase in order to raise money for our online autism awareness and educational radio shows. Take a look at some of the photos from last year's Wear Ribbon Day for World Autism Awareness Day - and don't forget to join us this year for what's going to be a very exciting day!
12 Hour Minecraft Marathon at University of Exeter
On World Autism Awareness Day, Emma Flint from Brain in Hand at the University of Exeter will be hosting their second Minecraft Marathon - this year they will be going for 12 hours. We had some lovely news from Emma. They will be having a bucket to raise funds for Positively Autistic. Please find out more about what they will be up to, where you will be able to connect on the day and find out what's going on.
Ten Hour Radio Show Marathon & Rosebush Planting, April 2014
In April of 2014, we had the great pleasure of meeting our two American colleagues, Marilyn Ann Francis and Ryan Comins. Whilst Marilyn, from Ohio and Ryan, from Michigan were over in England, we held a number of different events; one of the main events being the ten hour radio show marathon that we did. During this time, we had a number of different slots in which were hosted by different members of the team. As well as this, we also held a surprise rose bush planting on the grounds of Dame Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, a charitable trust for those with disabilities in Newton Abbot. They were absolutely brilliant and allowed us to plant the rose bush on their gardens in memory of Marilyn's daughter, Leslie Ann Dalton, who sadly passed away in September of 2013. We were in the Herald Express newspaper for both events we did that day.
Sponsored Walk at Haldon Forest, March 2014
In March 2014, we held a sponsored walk in aid of our international volunteer Marilyn Ann Francis to come over to England. Marilyn had saved her own funds in order to come to England to meet the Positively Autistic team and to attend a ten hour radio show marathon in which we held, but sadly and unexpectedly, Marilyn's daughter, Leslie Ann Dalton, who suffered from cerebral palsy sadly passed away - which meant that Marilyn had to move house and her funds she had saved for her flight had to be used up to support her move. Co-Founder Joe Westlake and Founder Tracy Roberts both agreed on the idea of a fundraiser to help Marilyn make it - it was a huge success, and on the trek in which we did on Haldon Forest at Exeter, Devon, with Sophie Clark (Graphics Designer for Positively Autistic), Joe Westlake (Co-Founder) and Tracy Roberts (Founder), we managed to raise several hundred pounds, as well as Marilyn's family also being a huge support in raising money for her to come over too. Ryan Comins from Michigan in the USA also was able to make the trip. It was a hugely moving and wonderful time when they got here.
Carboot Sale Fundraiser, Newton Abbot Racecourse, March 2014
In March 2014, we held a carboot sale and sold lots of items in which we had donated to use in order to help fund our volunteer, Marilyn Ann Francis's trip to England and the ten hour radio show marathon in which we did. We had our own stand at the carboot sale.
A Night Under The Stars
In August 2013, we held A Night Under The Stars. Members of Positively Autistic camped under the stars on Dawlish Warren Beach in order to raise funds for Positively Autistic - it was a huge success and great fun!
Sponsored Bike Ride, July 2012
In the summer of 2012, we endured in an 18 mile bike ride in scorching hot heat of 29 degrees celcius. It was a huge success, we managed to raise enough money for our radio equipment, which funded a laptop and a professional microphone. We were also in the Herald Express newspaper and the previous Mayor of Newton Abbot, Anne Fry set us off on the event.
Ten Hour Radio Show Marathon, September 2013
We've also held a number of ten hour radio show marathons. Here are some photos of one we held at Dame Hannahs at Seale-Hayne in Newton Abbot. The previous Mayor of Newton Abbot, Louise Cooke was also involved.
Sarah Scrimshaw's Positively Autistic Information Leaflet
Sarah created this poster in order for the work she does to be spread around so that she can support others on the autism spectrum. Posters are available from Sarah, or you may also print this poster off.
The ASC Hands Logo
Sarah's Professional Autism Projects
Due to popularity of Sarah's work, she has now created her own autism card for people to contact her. If you would like to request copies of Sarah's autism information cards, please contact Sarah via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you would like to disseminate the cards, you may use the card below.
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