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Share Magazine Summer 2015


Letter from the Editor 

Charlene Tait, Director of Development, Scottish Autism

In October 2014 Scottish Autism launched the Centre for Practice Innovation. Our aim is that the Centre will become a focal point for our practice research and knowledge sharing and will lead to establishing relationships and partnerships that will result in innovation and development in autism practice.
“Share” is one of a number of ways we will be communicating the work of the Centre. We are delighted to have the support of our Research and Practice Associates, in bringing our first edition to you.
We hope you will find the eclectic mix of features, case studies and opinion pieces thought provoking and informative. Our “burning question” article aims to stimulate debate on relevant topics. At a time when there is increasing emphasis on people with autism being central to research as planners as well as participants this could not be more timely.
Given that a major focus for us at Scottish Autism is the meaningful participation and involvement of the people who use our services, the personal insight people with autism offer us is vital to our learning and is therefore an essential feature for our Centre publication.
I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to this edition and to the many people who have been so willing to share their time and expertise in supporting us to establish the Centre.
Please do get in touch if you would like to know more or if you would like to get involved with any aspect of our work.
Scottish Autism
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Debi Brown
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Joe Long
Would you know how to detect sight loss or visual difficulties in someone with autism? That question might be particularly hard to answer if that...
Karen Guldberg
Given the unique needs of autistic pupils and with rising numbers of children and young people being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, there is a...
Dr. David Simmons
A Researcher's View In a few weeks' time, a small army of autism researchers will descend on Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend the International...
Sue Fletcher-Watson
The Centre for Practice Innovation recently launched by Scottish Autism aims to allow “practitioners, researchers and organisations … to learn from...
Andrew Jahoda
A host of initiatives to improve people’s lives now come under the label of wellbeing. Although people can have an intuitive grasp of wellbeing, it...