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      <b>Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   </b>Depression and other mental health difficulties are common amongst people on the autistic spectrum and their carers.   People who are affected by general mental health difficulties are encouraged to receive and share information, support and advice with other forum members, though it is important to point out that this exchange of information is generally based on personal experience and opinions, and is not a substitute for professional medical help.   <b>There is a list of sources of mental health support here: <a href="http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=18801" target="_blank">Mental Health Resources link</a></b>   People may experience a more serious crisis with their mental health and need urgent medical assistance and advice. However well intentioned, this is not an area of support that the forum can or should be attempting to offer and we would urge members who are feeling at risk of self-harm or suicide to contact either their own GP/health centre, or if out of hours contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or to call emergency services 999.   We want to reassure members that they have our full support in offering and seeking advice and information on general mental health issues. Members asking for information in order to help a person in their care are seeking to empower both themselves and those they represent, and we would naturally welcome any such dialogue on the forum.   <b>However, any posts which are deemed to contain inference of personal intent to self-harm and/or suicide will be removed from the forum and that person will be contacted via the pm system with advice on where to seek appropriate help.</b>   In addition to the post being removed, if a forum member is deemed to indicate an immediate risk to themselves, and are unable to be contacted via the pm system, the moderating team will take steps to ensure that person's safety. This may involve breaking previous confidentiality agreements and/or contacting the emergency services on that person's behalf.   Sometimes posts referring to self-harm do not indicate an immediate risk, but they may contain material which others find inappropriate or distressing. This type of post will also be removed from the public forum at the moderator's/administrator's discretion, considering the forum user base as a whole.   If any member receives a PM indicating an immediate risk and is not in a position (or does not want) to intervene, they should forward the PM to the moderating team, who will deal with the disclosure in accordance with the above guidelines.   We trust all members will appreciate the reasoning behind these guidelines, and our intention to urge any member struggling with suicidal feelings to seek and receive approproiate support from trained and experienced professional resources.   The forum guidelines have been updated to reflect the above.   regards, <b> The mod/admin team</b>
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      Forum Software Upgrade   04/17/2017

      Dear All The Forum Software has just been upgraded to the latest version which is a major release which makes some major changes to the way the forum looks, feels and operates. Please accept my apologies for the lack of notice however it was essential that this upgrade happened immediately due to some major security issues with the previous software. Kind regards   Lufty


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  1. No-one actually explains what CMT stands for.
  2. Is the hospital passport related to the disability passport?
  3. Are those related to the "Disability Passport"?
  4. What language(s) do you use?
  5. This article mentions Specialisterne, Aspiritech and ULTRA Testing: "Autism Without Fear: Don’t Get TOO Excited About Autism Employment Initiatives" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-john-carley/autism-without-fear-dont-_2_b_9365380.html
  6. Further to my last post, I should clarify that Asperger's has been dropped from DSM-IV (or V, or wherever we are now) but not from ICD10 (the British equivalent).
  7. I wish I could make my path come to me. It's been nearly eight years now.
  8. I don't know whether the film X + Y (the one based on the true story of an autistic teenager participating in the International Mathematical Olympiad) has been mentioned on these forums already - it's impossible to search on the name. Anyways, there's a screening next Sunday (2 April) in Oxford: 17:30 - 20:00 at the Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, OX4 1BN. http://www.uppcinema.com Part of the "Brain Diaries" exhibition and event programme: http://www.braindiaries.org
  9. A story of two brothers, 1 family, goodies, baddies and autism. Follow Jack Bray - a young man with severe autism - through the imaginary world he creates in his back garden. Based on his TRUE story, come with Jack’s brother, Lewis & fight inner demons, famous cartoon characters & a whole heap of baddies to stop ‘Mayor Sharp’ from taking over Cartoonopolis and killing creativity once and for all… After watching cartoons as a young boy, Jack found that they provided him with a gateway into communication and now, as a young adult he has created his own imaginary world: Cartoonopolis. Follow a host of well-known characters as well as some created in Jack’s imagination - like the evil Mayor Sharp - on an adventure to save the city! Told alongside this theatrical fantasy world is a real story about living with Jack and his autism… Of how, with his Mum and Dad, we see the family’s highs and lows and their ability to pull together through adversity. Lewis Bray is an emerging actor and writer. This is his first play performed by himself to outstanding reviews as part of Liverpool Everyman Playhouse Ignition Project and now touring. http://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/cartoonopolis
  10. Recently opened in Grassmoor nr Chesterfield in Derbyshire... http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/video-cat-cafe-is-the-purr-fect-place-to-unwind-1-8422025
  11. According to the latest DSM, none. Traditionally the distinction comes down to whether there was a delay in learning to speak: yes for HFA, no for Asperger's.
  12. For my part, I’ve never attempted to claim ESA, but someone I spoke to the other day seemed to think it would be better for me than JSA (assuming I’d be eligible for either). I’m not eligible for income-based JSA because I own a property I’m not living in. My eligibility for contribution-based JSA depends on my NI contributions between 06/04/14 and 05/04/16, but I was only in employment for five months during all this time. I’ve never applied for DLA/PIP because I can (for instance) cook a meal and travel independently by public transport.
  13. OTOH, the Israeli army has launched a recruitment drive for autistic people. Makes a change from software testing, I guess. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39106200
  14. I managed to speak to someone today. At the moment they're only taking referrals from Southampton residents.
  15. Has anyone had any dealings with these people? This employability assessment service sounds impressive. I rang them just now but no-one answered the phone - perhaps the staff are on reading week. http://www.port.ac.uk/department-of-psychology/facilities/autism-centre-for-research-on-employment/