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1 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Scheme

2 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Project Aims Free card for people with ASC of all ages in Oxfordshire Help autistic people in difficult situations find sources of local support Help Thames Valley Police, local emergency services and Oxfordshire organisations to identify they are dealing with someone who has autism Promote better management of issues and situations involving people with an ASC 2

3 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Project Aims Help Cardholders feel safer and more confident when out and about Provide Autism Awareness Training to Police Officers, PCSOs and Probation Officers in Oxfordshire Enable Thames Valley Police to ensure all people with autism receive an excellent, fair and appropriate service from the police Raise public awareness of autism in Oxfordshire 3

4 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Alert Cards Issued 224 by 31 st March 2012 Youngest: 3 yrs; Oldest: 84 yrs 0 – 15 yrs – 120 cards 16 – 20 yrs – 55 cards 21 and over – 48 cards 4

5 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Launches 4 launches TVP Officer training preceded launches 1-hour launches plus Awareness event Publicity Television, Radio, newspapers, parish news 5

6 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Training – Summary & Feedback Police Officers – 375 attended 20 sessions Probation Officers – 25 attended 3 sessions The best insight into an issue that I have been given in 22 years as a Police Officer. In my experience all that officers need is educating regarding difficult subjects; this delivered on all levels. 6

7 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Training – Summary & Feedback cont:- Other organisations – 116 attended 6 sessions Elmore Team, County Youth Panel, Youth Offender Service, Counsellors, Specialist Registrars More sessions to be booked for Talking Space & PCSOs Really enjoyed the speakers, they gave me a really good understanding of problems they face which will help me to do my job better. 7

8 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Evaluation - TVP Officers & PCSOs Nearly 80% of officers – training useful in their work Information on the alert card scheme is in 92% of police stations Was also relevant during interview as was able to advise a prisoner whilst in custody that he should have a card which would then highlight to officers his condition which would hopefully ensure officers deal with him more appropriately 8

9 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Evaluation – Alert Card Holders 66% of the respondents were under 20 years old 25% had shown their alert card Over 70% felt carrying or showing their card had helped them I recently used it when my son had a dental appointment and was amazed at the impact it had. The dentist was so much more approachable and tolerant of my son. 9

10 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Evaluation – Alert Card Holders Three out of five police officers who have attended our home in times of severe stress/anger/violence caused by my sons Aspergers meltdowns over the past few months have been so understanding of our situation. Firm but fair, the training on AS for local police by Autism Oxford means that they have knowledge of how to speak to my son in a way that wont exacerbate the meltdown. 10

11 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Work Stream for 2012/13 Strengthening links Further training Working with CJS Divert/Liaison Scheme Continuing publicity, incl Parish magazines Explore extension to Ambulance & Fire Services – add to message in a bottle? 11

12 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Needs Identified - Sustained, Specialist Support Service: Families, especially when more than 1 with ASC, & when involved with Police or CJS Police Officers – PCSOs, responders, Custody Staff, specialist interviewers Probation Officers, CJS staff & support services OCC, Oxford Health & other organisations 12

13 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Thank you! Next: Paul Isaacs, Autism Trainer & Author 13

14 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Next: Paul Isaacs Autism Trainer & Author 14

15 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Scheme How will it help or benefit me? What situations will I use the card in? 15

16 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: How the Card could have been used ….. My father has Aspergers syndrome, and he had a misunderstanding with Police …………….. 16

17 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: How the Card could have been used ….. My father has Aspergers syndrome, and he had a misunderstanding with Police …………….. 17

18 Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card Tel: Thanks for Listening 18

19 T W awareness training consultancy Average 2 sessions per week 6 regular trainers plus 4 occasional Lessons to learn from within Coaching & Support Learning to adapt (NT to ASC & vice versa) AO Training Team

20 T W awareness training consultancy Effective Training, paying dividends Cost effective – team & County Access to real autism expertise Support: Employment & Social Improved MH & Wellbeing Pioneering good practice Benefits for Oxfordshire

21 T W awareness training consultancy Support we would need if we didnt work for Autism Oxford: Financial Emotional (Mental Health ASD specific) Counselling Work/Employment Support Travel Support (trains, long distance travel etc) Support Key Worker Family Support (for Adults) What the Team say….

22 T W awareness training consultancy quite honestly it has changed my life, I feel I now have a purpose in life and so many people say that I am helping to make a difference I used to spend most days alone in my bedroom in my own world and feeling very low, now I am helping others and it feels like a dream has come true. I now feel like a somebody instead of a nobody What the Team say….

23 T W awareness training consultancy I have had jobs in the past and none of them worked out - I was bullied, abused and was never accepted for being me. Autism Oxford accepts me just the way I am - it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me helped pull me up from a very deep dark depression and gave me hope and light What the Team say….

24 T W awareness training consultancy If I did not work for Autism Oxford I would be depressed and using mental health services It has given me confidence, good mental health and a purpose in life to help others on the spectrum Person Centred support has been the key for all of us on the team What the Team say….

25 T W awareness training consultancy a tremendous boost to my self-esteem and gives me a voice. It is enormously empowering to have the experience of being someone who is worth listening to Its the first job where I haven't been bullied, teased and manipulated by fellow peers What the Team say….

26 T W awareness training consultancy The model that Autism Oxford works to is as far away from the "token Aspie" way of working as it is possible to get the work we do as a team is comprehensive and covers more of autism than one autistic person could cover Autism Oxford does have the expertise to consult help and develop autism services for adults What the Team say….


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