**Please note all views in this blog post and website are my own and are in no way affiliated or represent the Derbyshire Autism Partnership Board.** I attended my first ever Autism Partnership Board (APB) meeting for Derbyshire and I have to say (quite ashamedly) how much it has opened my eyes to the scope […]

This week I attended the first two of six days of a personal development programme run jointly between NHS England and People Hub after I was successful in my application to take part in the Peer Leadership Academy. The Derbyshire PHB Network leader Tina Brown was kind enough to forward me the applicant’s information which […]

Current situation with mental health services

(Or just why I might discharge myself from everything in 2 weeks because the mental health system is traumatising me.) I’m currently supported by a complex team of multidisciplinary staff which include a Community Psychiatric Nurse in the Recovery Team, a specialist Social Worker in the Mental Health team, a Community Psychiatrist, a Talking Therapist […]

Tactile Tour Facilitation | Derby Museum and Art Gallery

This afternoon I had the pleasure of assisting with a session to learn more about the audience experience at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery ¬†for visitors who are partially sighted. Having very different sense perceptions myself, because of having Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) I am always curious about how others with different sense abilities […]

How do you?

How do you tell your child that you’re autistic? When do you tell him that the way your brain works, the way you feel and think and perceive is different to the way he thinks and feels and perceives? That he is like the 99% of other people on this planet who seem illogical and […]

Human Library

Two weeks ago I volunteered to be a book at the Derby Human Library, a great idea where people describe themselves as a book title and others can book them out to ‘read’, or find our more about a person who might otherwise be subject to stereotypes. I first can across the idea when Vanessa […]

Derby Local Offer event

I attended the Derby Local Offer event at Derby QUAD last Friday. It hosted a number of organisations who work with young people (read up the the age of 25), who have disabilities and other additional needs. I went in a number of roles. Firstly to see if there was anything relevant for the Autism […]