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Reflections from the Roundtable: Why autistic individuals need to be leading the way

Dearest readers, 
The 'Attentiveness to Autism' project (or in English, Pru, my minister and I!) got invited up to the SEND Methodist Roundtable as part of the planning team for SEND and autism and increasing accessibility in the Methodist Church. I have to admit, this was a surprise being invited up as we only received our invitation early April just after our service. I had no idea what we would be discussing, and the outcome of the session is still under wraps until passed by connexion (central head office) so this post will not be reflecting on the outcome. Rather, this post will be picking out some of the key points that are crucial to a successful implementation of pushing boundaries and opening up the church. There are many who I have spoken to who keep their cards to their chest and just say 'it is difficult'. This is not inspiring or innovating and keeps them as the stakeholders of the change. This winds me up no end. We should be inspiring in the face of adv…

The fourth workshop: college CPD

Dearest readers, 
I hope this April is treating you well. This is probably one of the busiest Aprils I have ever had with multiple projects on the run as well as my upcoming exams, which have priority (I am also acutely aware I do not want to turn opportunities for my portfolio and CV down as having found it hard to gain work after my first degree, it would seem a waste not to take advantage of these opportunities but plan them in effectively). Universities seem to like you spending all of your time either on work for them, or telling you that you should be involved in every extra curricular and project going (or get this jist! What an annoying mixed message). I'm hoping I am striking the balance right for me this time, as I do not want to shunt any opportunities prematurely. 
On Thursday I completed my first workshop for a education trust in my local area, making this the fourth workshop I have run in total. I went to visit two dear friends of mine (casual shoutout) up in Grimsb…

The service and the radio interview

Dearest readers, 
I hope you had a good Sunday. As the final day of World Autism Week and World Autism Day (WAD) our 'autism friendly' church service, which is as far as we are aware is the first in England and certainly the first in the Methodist Church of GB. I also had a great surprise on Thursday that it had been negotiated for me to have a short 5-10 minute interview on our local BBC radio station on the breakfast show on WAD regarding our service and the 'Attentiveness to Autism' project. Until today, I had never been in any sort of media really at all and had never been on the radio, so had no idea what to expect. One of the panellists was not present, so I was invited at short notice to take a place on the current affairs panel, thus was on BBC local radio between 06:50 and 08:00 this morning! 
I have to say both were a roaring success. I really enjoyed speaking on the radio, especially about a topic that I feel very passionate about and that is so current. I …