I'm a financial services professional but, more importantly, the father of two boys with Autism. I also have social communication difficulties and I am passionate about improving not only provision, but access, for people with autism and their families/carers/supporters. I became involved in a co-production sponsored by Bromley Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group and following my involvement with these groups of professionals and parents, I was elected as Chair of the Bromley All Age Autism Partnership Board.
The Director of Education, Jared Nehra, visited the learning space in the Glades during our Autism Awareness Week.
Councillor Peter Fortune, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Children, Education and Families said: “We are keen to make sure that Autism remains a priority in Bromley despite the challenges of the pandemic. It can bewildering if you are seeking to support a family member or friend who lives with Autism and knowing what advice and support is out there is important”.
Introducing Dean Else, a sergeant working in the Metropolitan police service and strand lead for all neuro diversity matters relating to custody facilities in London. Dean is working in partnership with the Bromley All-Age Working Groups and leading a multi strand approach to adjusting the way custody staff interact with some sections of the Neuro diverse community. The programme would look at the custody environment and utilising people with Autism's lived experience to identify areas where adjustments can be facilitated and adopted.
Aiming to raise awareness and elevate the topic of Autism as part of every custody staff members mandatory training, Dean has ensured that Autism awareness training is provided to 700 officers and staff who work in custody across London so far. This includes six of the eight teams that service the Bromley area. Over the next few weeks, Dean will be delivering this same training to another 600 officers including the remaining two teams in Bromley.
The initial target aim is to have 200-300 Safety Net advocates by late spring 2021. At least one of the modules in this training will be Autism focused.
Autism Myth busters - did you know..?
Myth: People with autism don’t want friends.
Truth: If someone in your class or at your work has autism, they probably struggle with social skills, which may make it difficult to interact with peers. They might seem shy or unfriendly, but that’s just because he or she is unable communicate their desire for relationships the same way you do.
Myth: People with autism can’t feel or express any emotion—happy or sad.
Truth: Autism doesn’t make an individual unable to feel the emotions you feel, it just makes the person communicate emotions (and perceive your expressions) in different ways.