Autism Expo in London opens its doors to inspire and inform families and professionals

Man looking at heart shaped clock at Autism Expo

Families, carers, friends and educators of children and adults affected by autism are warmly invited to join Dr Anna Kennedy OBE and a host of experts at the AKO Autism Expo at Brunel University in West London on Saturday 23rd March 2019. Organised by Anna Kennedy Online, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of autism, the event aims to give like-minded people the chance to share stories, talk to professionals in specialist clinics and to find out more about autism and its related conditions. Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group, which runs a national network of award-winning Department for Education registered special schools and therapeutic care homes, is proud to be a joint sponsor of the event.

Naidex announces speaker line-up for March event

Naidex announces speaker line-up for March event

The organisers of disability innovation show Naidex have released their impressive speaker line- up, featuring some of the most influential people in independent living.

Taking place on March 26-27, the free-to- attend event at the NEC Birmingham will see the following people speaking:

• Warwick Davies, who has a string of acting credits to his name including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willow and many more. The Tenable quiz show host supports many charities too, including Little People UK which he co-founded with wife, Samantha. Their work supports individuals with dwarfism and their families.

Dorset Workshop Scoops First Prize For Its Smashing Pumpkins

Winners with their pumpkins

A Sixpenny Handley training workshop for people with learning disabilities has won first place in a competition for its smashing pumpkins. 

OWL Town Farm Workshop scooped the prize in an annual gardening competition organised by national care provider, the Regard Group who run the service in Dorset. 

Earlier this year Regard’s 168 services across the UK were provided with a packet of pumpkin seeds by the care provider, along with useful tips on how to grow the best crop.  

“We can never resist a challenge,” said Helen Ritson, service manager of OWL Town Farm Workshop, “And set out to grow a crop that would be better than the rest. 

Future Healthcare visitors to see latest products and services

Future Healthcare

Future Healthcare is the UK’s only exhibition and conference showcasing healthcare products and services to a global audience. Taking place at Olympia London from 18-19 March 2019, Future Healthcare gathers more than 4,000 buyers from 65 countries for two days of education, networking and cross border purchasing. The event is organised​ in association with UKIHMA – a strategic partner of Healthcare UK, a UK government trade promotion organisation jointly funded by the Department for International Trade, the Department of Health and NHS England.   

Event Director, Dawn Barclay-Ross said: “Gathering thousands of buyers from around the world, Future Healthcare 2019 is a fantastic springboard for suppliers to find new business on the international stage.”

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown due to support Autism Wessex with festive events

Haskins Garden Centre festive shopping bags

Haskins in Ferndown is delighted to be hosting two events this Christmas to support its nominated charity of the year, Autism Wessex.

The Family Shopping Evening (£2 per ticket, including a visit to see Santa in Santa’s Grotto) will take place on Thursday November 29 from 6pm. 

The Christmas Shopping Experience (£1 per ticket) will take place on Thursday December 6 from 6pm. There will be discounts, drinks and entertainment.

Tickets for both events can be pre-booked at Haskins in Ferndown and all proceeds raised from ticket entry from the events will be donated to Autism Wessex. The centre will be open on both nights until 8pm.

Lifetime Achiever Award won at Autism Hero Awards ceremony

Lifetime Achiever Award won at Autism Hero Awards ceremony

After dedicating more than three decades to making a difference to the lives of those with autism and learning difficulties, Lesley Fisher, Registered Manager of Options Roxby House in North Lincolnshire - a specialist autism residential service rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - has won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the Autism Hero Awards 2018. The national event is run by The Anna Kennedy Online Charity to celebrate excellence in autism, and winners were announced at a glittering ceremony held on Saturday 13th October at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in Central London.

Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness

Anita Keech and Helen Walker - the Inclusive Festival

Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event. Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.


Disabled led arts festival set to launch in Birmingham

Sensibility Festival

Sensibility Festival, which will run from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May, is co-produced by people with sensory impairments

The festival, which will be held across Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears, aims to make arts more accessible for disabled people

A unique arts festival, co-produced by people with complex disabilities, and developed by the national disability charity, Sense, and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), is set to take place in Birmingham from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May.

The Sensibility Festival, which will be held across two venues: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak, invites the public to explore, play and experiment in a setting that has been curated by local artists and participants with multi-sensory impairments.

FestABLE new national festival


A new national festival, called FestABLE,  of specialist learning is bringing together professionals, parents and young people to tackle the big issues facing young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

FestABLE will be held on June 2 at National Star College in Cheltenham. It will be the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.

SEND reform, the Children and Families Act and whether services and systems count more than choice and aspirations are some of the headline themes.

Naidex Show


Naidex is Europe's most exciting event dedicated to healthcare professionals. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 25th and 26th April, this esteemed event provides cutting-edge exhibitors, world-class CPD accredited seminars, live demos, 1-2-1 advice and unparalleled networking opportunities, over two unforgettable days. And it’s absolutely free to attend!

Check out some of our must see speakers:

●Minister of State for Disabled People Work and Health

●Accessibility Lead at the BBC

●Executive Director of the National Care Forum

●Chair of the National Autistic Society

●Chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC)

●Stakeholder Communications Manager of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

King Power - Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations Tournament

King Power - Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations Tournament


Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby is delighted to confirm that Leicester City Football Club Owners, Thai Duty-Free giant, King Power, has confirmed they will be the title sponsor of the first ever Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament to be held in Leicester in March.

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS)


Berrisford Joins World Disability Billiards and Snooker Board

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today delighted to announce that Simon Berrisford has been elected to the Board of Directors with immediate effect.

Simon joins the existing board of Nigel Mawer QPM (chairman), Clive Brown and Bob Hill, bringing his wealth of commercial experience and unquestionable enthusiasm for the role to the WDBS as we look to build upon the progress made during the past two years.

Widnes brothers to host celebrity comedy gig for disability charity

Widnes brothers to host celebrity comedy gig for disability charity

Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe among acts due to perform at next month’s comedy gig in aid of Sense. The event is organised by Stu and Tim Mather, who will also run the 2018 London Marathon for the charity

Two brothers from Widnes are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the disability charity, Sense, by hosting a comedy gig next month in London, featuring top talent, including Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe and Chris McCausland.

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Hip hop dance stars turn out to help Hillingdon Manor School raise money to send Autism with Attitude street dance group to European Championships


Boy Blue Entertainment, UMA, Definitive, IMD, Unity and all girl trio Code 3 are among the big names in hip hop who have signed up to appear at a benefit night at the Broadway Theatre in East London on January 20th 2018 to raise money to send street dance group Autism with Attitude, a group of 12 to 15 young people with autism, from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge to the United Dance Organisations (UDO) European Championships in Kalkar in Germany in May 2018.


100 days until the Paralympic Heritage Flame events

100 days until the Paralympic Heritage Flame events

In true Vale tradition Aylesbury’s Stoke Mandeville Stadium is set to play host to the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony, in the run up to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

On Friday 2 March 2018 the Stadium will be lit up to bring Paralympic sport to the fore in a day of sporting demonstrations, talks and events.

Theraposture to demonstrate why it is the considered choice for care cots at Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North

Theraposture to demonstrate why it is the considered choice for care cots at Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North

Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable care cots and beds for disabled children and young adults, will be showcasing its caring and ethical approach at Kidz to Adultz North.

16th November: Kidz to Adultz North, Stand B13, 9.30am – 4.30pm EventCity, Barton Dock, Road Manchester M17 8AS.


Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK, joined Health and Social Care professionals, local schools, colleges and support groups, people supported, carers, friends and relatives and the Precious Homes team on 18th October 2017 for guided tours around the state-of-the-art new services and social enterprise.


Our three-tiered pathway model from residential through to supported living provides individuals with a ‘Transition Care Pathway’ on site, enabling a step-down to more independent living and reduced support over time.


Croyde Deckchair Cinema supports Calvert Trust Exmoor

My Feral Heart

On the 11th of November 2017 Croyde’s “almost famous” Deckchair Cinema will be hosting a special screening of the award winning film ‘My Feral Heart’, with all proceeds from the screening going to Calvert Trust Exmoor.
‘My Feral Heart’ has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Actor’ (for Steve Brandon) at the National Film Awards, and ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the IARA Awards. It’s a poignant and inspiring story, beautifully told by director Jane Gull and producer James Rumsey, and staring BIFA nominee Steve Brandon as ‘Luke’.