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Aspergers, autism, Autism All Stars, autism awareness, charity, diversity, surrey, sussex, south east, Giving Lottery, fundraising, buy tickets, inclusion, acceptance

WE’VE JOINED THE GIVING LOTTERY!   You, your friends, your work colleagues, your school, your family…anyone can help us continue raising awareness and self-esteem simply by raising us some funds, and there’s a brand new way launching today…   If you want better odds than both the National Lottery and the Health Lottery, then joining

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THANOS & THE AVENGERS COME TO THE BELFRY     Join us at the Belfry, Redhill on Saturday 3rd August for a chance to meet our incredible eight foot tall Thanos and the amazing Avengers. They’ll all be very happy to pose for selfies with you in exchange for a small donation in our buckets,

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JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE LATEST SPIDER-MAN FILM!   We’ll be marking the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home with the help of our very own Spidey at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 6th July. Come and join us from 10am for selfies in exchange for a small donation in our buckets.

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JOIN PIKACHU AT THE COMIC SHOP IN CRAWLEY HIGH STREET     We’re delighted to be working with The Comic Shop in Crawley again on Saturday 22nd June to help them celebrate their birthday weekend.   It’s a fascinating place with its own coffee shop and retro arcade, plus a vast array of comics and

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AVENGERS MINI-FIGURE RAFFLE!     Buy some tickets for your chance to win this incredible set of SIXTEEN MINI-FIGURES.   They come unassembled in a bag, with a picture to guide you while you put them together. I put these together myself with no previous experience, so they’re very easy to make up. There are

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JOIN US AS WE RETURN TO THE COMIC SHOP IN CRAWLEY HIGH STREET     More characters just announced…     We’re delighted to be working with The Comic Shop in Crawley again on Saturday 1st June as we had such a great time at their re-launch event. It’s a fascinating place with its own

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Today I’m shining a light on a truly inspirational club, aptly named ‘Inspiration Drum Line’. It’s a drumming group for children with additional needs, founded in 2016 by the unstoppable Nev Latimer, his wife Iris and their son Luke. They’re based at Cedars Academy in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear – a specialist school for pupils

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JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION OF THE NEW PIKACHU MOVIE!     We’ll be marking the release of Detective Pikachu with the help of our very own electric Pokemon at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 11th May. Come and join us from 10am for selfies in exchange for a small donation in our buckets. We’ll

JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION MARVEL’S AVENGERS!     We’ll be marking the release of Avengers Endgame with the help of our very own superheroes at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 27th April. Come and join us from 11am for selfies in exchange for a small donation in our buckets. We’ll also have our stall

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I’m so glad you’ve decided to buy a copy of my book ‘Autism, Asperger’s, Anarchy: The Ringmaster’s Tale’. I’m sure you’ll find it incredibly helpful whether you already have experience of autism or you’re totally new to the whole thing. In a nutshell it’s the book I wish someone had given me when my eldest

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  Let me point out right away that laughing about something (autism included) is definitely not the same as laughing at it. Laughing at someone because they’re different and may be struggling with things other people find straightforward is cruel, unnecessary and, in my opinion, downright repulsive. We’ve all met bullies in our time who

Icons for Autism 2019     We’ll have a whole assortment of fantastic characters waiting to pose for selfies with you at the Belfry, Redhill on Saturday 6th April. For a small donation in our buckets you can make some truly unforgettable memories with everyone from Stormtroopers to Spider-man. *Characters will vary from those shown

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Here we are in April, and as all autism advocates know, that makes it Autism Awareness Month. You’ll hear more about the condition on the news, see more shops offering ‘quiet hours’ for autistic customers and generally get a sense that the public are being given more information than usual about what it means to

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JOIN US FOR THE RE-LAUNCH OF THE COMIC SHOP IN CRAWLEY HIGH STREET   We’re delighted to be working with The Comic Shop in Crawley to promote their upcoming Re-Launch event. It’s a fascinating place with its own coffee shop and retro arcade, plus a vast array of comics and merchandise covering everything from Marvel

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One of the main criteria for receiving an autism diagnosis is having ‘problems with verbal and non-verbal communication’. These problems (or complications as I prefer to call them) can take various forms, but without question one of the most widely recognised is the way autistic people seem to take everything literally. So, why does this

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To celebrate International Women’s Day I’m sharing an extract from my book The Ringmaster’s Tale which has a whole chapter full of advice and resources for girls on the autism spectrum…   Similarities and differences The interesting thing about girls on the spectrum is how they can appear similar to, yet distinctly different from, both

What if I told you that one of my three sons was diagnosed as the most profoundly autistic child several specialists had ever seen; that he had no spoken language ’til he was almost five and regularly mutilated himself, smeared poo round the house and physically attacked me every day for many years: bruising, scratching

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Announcing our Volunteers of the Year 2018     This year we’ve taken the unusual step of awarding the title of Volunteer of the Year to not one, but two of our longest-serving supporters. Bex Hemington and Mika Nightingale are an amazing team and have worked tirelessly with us right from the start of our

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MEET OUR AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND HIS FRIENDS!     We’ll be marking the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with the help of our own amazing Spider-Man and his friends including Mary-Jane and Spider-Gwen at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 15th November. Come and join us from 10am ’til 4pm for selfies in exchange for a

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The latest in my ‘spotlight’ series focuses on fourteen year old Ollie Venning, better known as street dancer Ollie V. The struggles he’s faced will be all too familiar to autistic people, their friends and families, but with love, patience and no small amount of bravery on his part, he’s transformed himself into a genuine

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MEET OUR MAGICAL CHARACTERS AT THE BELFRY THIS DECEMBER!   Our lovely Snow Princesses will be waiting to pose for selfies with you at the Belfry, Redhill on Saturday 1st December along with the wonderful fairy Godmother.   They’ll be just outside the free Santa’s Grotto on the first floor (in the old Pep &

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‘Tis the season for sparkly decorations and festive music in shops; for school nativity plays, visits to relatives and the excitement of opening presents on Christmas morning. While for most children these things bring a sense of anticipation, magic and wonder, for children on the spectrum they can just as easily trigger confusion, sensory overload

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***SPOILER FREE*** When Netflix announced their new series, Atypical, about an everyday family living with an eighteen year old son on the autism spectrum, I was intrigued to see how they’d handle the subject. Having watched the trailer though, I wasn’t sure whether they were laughing at autism or about it, and after reading some

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Regardless of their age or ability, it’s my belief that ‘Home’ should be every child’s soft place to fall in the world: somewhere they can lower their barriers, remove their masks and know for certain they’ll be accepted exactly as they are. If your child is on the autism spectrum, this is doubly important. It

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I was recently introduced to the incredible work of a young autistic man called Chris Baker – a self-taught artist from Cardiff, South Wales. I found his art so inspiring that I decided to find out more, and discovered the story of an ordinary family whose love, acceptance and determination to turn challenges into opportunities

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When you have a child, there’s something nobody tells you: suddenly your first priority becomes another person’s needs instead of your own, and this can take a lot of getting used to. Then comes the twist: as soon as you’ve adjusted to them being totally dependent on you, you have to start the impossibly difficult

MEET OUR INCREDIBLE SUPERHEROES AT CINEWORLD, CRAWLEY     We’ll be celebrating the release of Incredibles 2 with the help of our very own superheroes at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 14th July. Come and join us from 10am for selfies in exchange for a small donation in our buckets. We’ll also have our stall

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One of the most common myths about autistic people is that they don’t feel empathy towards others, and today’s post is designed to help people understand where this mistaken belief comes from. So, what is empathy? Put simply, empathy is the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling; but in reality, empathy

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JOIN US FOR OUR FATHER’S DAY HEROES EVENT!     You can meet some of our fantastic characters on Saturday 16th June at the Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill, where we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day in our own unique way. We’ll be there from 10am – 4pm, ready to pose for selfies with you in exchange

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I recently watched Please Stand By, which is the story of one autistic woman’s journey towards independence and follows her on an adventure with the sort of highs and lows we can all relate to. Here are my thoughts on the film… Played by the brilliant Dakota Fanning, our heroine Wendy is a bright, determined

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Today I’m sharing another extract from my book – The Ringmaster’s Tale – discussing just how useful special interests can be when you’re parenting an autistic child (or adult). It’s perfectly understandable that at times you’ll feel like your child is unreachable, and the struggle to teach them new life skills can be disheartening to

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Lots of people worry about saying the wrong thing to parents when they have autistic children and often end up putting their foot in it when they’re trying really hard to be supportive. With that in mind, here’s my guide to some of the things not to say, and why these supposedly helpful statements and

I know it might seem an unlikely comparison, but when it comes to being restricted by the label society has given you, there’s more common ground here than you might think. Here’s an extract from my book The Ringmaster’s Tale discussing things in more detail: Does a label really limit what someone can do? The

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