Did you know that today is World Autism Awareness Day?
It started in 2007 and has grown every year with there being a specific ‘theme’ to each year.

Now, for most of us, Autism isn’t a topic to talk about on just one day of the year! For most of us, it is an integral part of who we are or a built-in part of our families and that makes every day an autism awareness day!

Today is really about sharing with those people out there who aren’t lucky enough to know an autistic person! It’s about bringing awareness of autism into their minds….but I always hope that it goes further than that….I always hope that autism awareness days grows into autism acceptance.

As one of the young people at the ICAN network shared today
“Awareness means you know I’m here, Acceptance means you are happy to see me”
(ICAN is an Australian autism charity which supports autistic young people check them out on Facebook here)

This year the theme for World Autism Awareness day is ‘Transitioning into Adulthood’ and here at BAAS this is a very important aspect of the support we provide. We understand that often there are limited support services for adults and we aim to support those transitioning into adulthood by providing signposting, information and social activities.

Please share the message far and wide about autism awareness and acceptance! Every voice matters!
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BOLTON ADULT AUTISM SUPPORT AND CORONAVIRUS

A message from our Chairman….

Dear parents, carers and friends, in line with the latest Government advice about the Coronavirus it has been decided that the BAAS social and life-skills evening will not take place this month, Thursday 19th March.

Also, our next monthly meeting due to be held on Wednesday 25th March will also be cancelled.

I am sure that many families will be disappointed but, as you would expect, our priority is to help maintain the physical and mental health and wellbeing of families impacted by autism, especially parents and carers, many of whom fall within the ‘at risk’ category as defined by the Government and its advisors.

If anyone needs any help or advice from BAAS that would normally result in a call to the Chairman or our Befriending Plus Coordinator then please contact Graham on 07772547158.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please keep safe and warm.

Graham

So much went on at our February social evening! The usual crafts, chats, and chills….but the most exciting thing was the start of our cookery course!

February was our ‘make a breakfast’ course and there was porridge, poached eggs and smashed avocado made (all by request of our social evening attendees!)

It was so much fun!! Next month we are doing ‘dinners and puddings!’ Hope we’ve not made you too hungry 👀🍽

A cheque in the sum of £1000.00 being presented by Mr Eddie Gorman, immediate past Worshipful Master of the Hope and Anchor Masonic Lodge No 37 to Chairman Graham Heywood and members of Bolton Adult Autism Support.

The money will be applied to the further development of the Befriending Plus service

 

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the BAAS annual general meeting!
During the meeting there will be an opportunity for people to nominate themselves for the roles of Chairman, Vice Chair and Secretary!
And if none of those take your fancy there are two openings for non-executive committee members

If a great time for you to come along, get involved and hear what we have been up to in the past 12months!

 

Our November Social and Life-skills evening was the most successful yet!

We had a great turn out with many autistic individuals, their parents and carers coming along and socialising! We had board games, music,
Christmas card making, colouring and general chatting! Thanks to everybody who came! We hope you all had a good night 🙂