Covid-19 update 01/05/2020

Hi Everyone, I hope you are keeping safe in these uncertain times.

Back when I first notified you of the changes we are making to our services due to the restrictions in place, I said these would be reviewed at the beginnning of May.

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Covid-19 Update

ASD Helping Hands response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hello All!

As we are all aware the COVID-19 virus continues to infect more and more with everyday that passes and now 4 confirmed cases in Norfolk.

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Family Support Update

Back in September, we updated how our Family Support service was delivered, with the introduction of the new website and referral system as well as our Family Support Clinics things are running a lot smoother and we are able to see those families we need to support a lot quicker.

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Autism and Social Gaming Report – #WalkingForAutism

It all started back in January when I decided to write about some of the good experiances that I have had / seen whilst playing the Pokémon GO app, both through general play and whilst doing my job helping young adults out in the community. As I started to make this a reality I had a sudden thought that Niantic (the creaters of the game) might be interested in my experiances and also might be able to help us run a event locally as part of our Autism Awearness Week lineup.

I sent the e-mail in mid January and soon got a reply from someone the Niantic Partnership team that wanted to have a video chat with myself and our Operations Manager where we explained what our Charity does and some of our experiances with the game and how I had now started to write up a report on how the game had helped people that we worked with and also others in the local area.

During the video chat they confirmed that Niantic were going to support us putting on the #WalkingForAutism Event and that they were more then happy to put some in-game bonuses at a location of our choosing with the aim of showing support and doing some fundraising at the event. They have also offered to match donations made during the event (10am – 2pm GMT) which the money raised will be used by our charity for local projects for people living with Autism.

The event which is hapening on Saturday 6th April is called : #WalkingForAutism at Whitlingham Country Park, Norwich, the event will have the following in game bonuses, additional game locations (Pokéstops) along the walkways around the beautiful Whitlingham Great Broad. Trainers will also find that Lures last for hours and may see more Pokémon than usual.

I would like to also thank the amazing people from both the “Pokémon GO! Norwich/East Anglia” Facebook group and the “Pokémon GO! Norwich” Discord for the huge responce and input when I asked for some personal experiences to put into the report. (Sadly I could not use all of them in as the report would have been alot bigger)

The event page can be found here : #WalkingForAutism Event Page

Blog Posted By : Ben Thomas

Images Designed By : Ben Thomas

Thank you for reading our blog post, we look forward to seeing everyone at the event on Saturday.

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Autism: From the beginning

At the beginning of Autism Awareness Week 2019, we think it would be a good idea to look back and see how Autism was first made a diagnosable disorder and where we are now.

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