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Our Jumble Sale at Beccles extended to Friday 19th: books, bric-a-brac, electronics; come along & have a look! 1/1a Market Street, Beccles.

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Fish & Chip Quiz Night at Stalham Town Hall

Capron & Helliwell are hosting a Fish & Chip Quiz Night in aid of Asperger East Anglia, Friday 15th April 2016, 7.30pm, Stalham Town Hall.

Teams are a maximum of 6 people and tickets cost £7.50 per person including fish/2 sausages and chips; tea and coffee are available.

Tickets available from Capron & Helliwell:
Wroxham 01603 783818
Stalham 01692 581231

Venue: Stalham Town Hall: High Street, Stalham, Norfolk, NR12 9AH
Please come along and raise funds for our cause.

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Volunteers, laptops and PAT testing

 

CALLING WOULD-BE VOLUNTEERS!

Are you seeking voluntary work?

Can you spare a couple of hours (or more) a week?

We need volunteers in various roles at Beccles:

 

* Posting items on eBay

* Customer service in our charity shop

* Painting items of furniture

* Potential other roles

 

Please contact t.fellas@asperger.org.uk

 

PAT TESTING SERVICE:

Do you have electrical items that require PAT testing?

 

Perhaps you are selling them on or need them tested for use in your business. If so, we can do that for you here at our Beccles electrical / computer workshop. Our rates are reasonable at £2 per item and parts (such as replacement fuses/plugs) are only charged at cost, plus we offer a bulk discount on more than 20 items.

 

Please contact m.howe@asperger.org.uk or call in the A Shop.

 

LAPTOP COMPUTERS WANTED!

We are urgently seeking donations of laptop computers for our shop stock. If you have laptop computers that you are thinking of upgrading and do not wish to keep the old ones, please consider donating them to us.

 

If they are not in 100% working order, that's fine as we can repair all but the most serious faults and can also break dead laptops for spare parts.

 

Please contact m.howe@asperger.org.uk or drop them off at the A Shop.

 

We can also repair computers, so if you have any that you would keep if they were repairable, please contact us with your requirements as we can usually fix them; we charge £25ph for repairs and parts are only charged at cost; please contact m.howe@asperger.org.uk or call in at the A Shop.

 

A Shop, 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9AQ.

01502 715500.

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We are also running low on (good quality) stock for our charity shop, the A Shop - please can you help? All proceeds go to supporting people affected by Asperger Syndrome.

 

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Sponsored walk in Spain for AEA by David Hamblin

 

David Hamblin is going on another sponsored walk for AEA between Monday 4th April and Sunday 17th April 2016.

 

David will be walking in Asturias & Galicia Camino Frances and is seeking to raise funds for Asperger East Anglia. Any amount will be very much valued, as we continue to represent, advise and support those on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers.

 

Further details are here: Walking in Spain

 

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Sponsored ultra-running by Jay Close


Jay Close is running Grand Union Canal Ultra 2016 and the Marathon des Sables 2017 to raise money for Asperger East Anglia. We are very grateful for his efforts, so please visit his page and support him, as he is supporting us: MYULTRARUNNING4CHARITY

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Sponsored skydive by Lindsey Dobney


Lindsey Dobney is going on a sponsored skydive on Tuesday 26th July to raise funds for Asperger East Anglia. Any amount raised will be very much valued, as we continue to represent, advise and support those on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers: Birthday Skydive

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Fish & Chip Quiz Night in Beccles

We are staging a Fish & Chip Quiz Night to raise funds for our Beccles Children & Family group on Thursday 21st July, at Beccles Public Hall, Smallgate, Beccles, NR34 9AD.

Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start and tickets are £7.50 per person.

The price includes fish & chips or sausages & chips and teams can be up to 8 people. A raffle & refreshments will be available. Booking essential!

To purchase tickets please contact Paula on 01502 715500, email p.ingle@asperger.org.uk, or call into The A Shop, 1A Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ.

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Update: You can also book tickets by phoning 07484 210453

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Aspiegenius

Computer building service offered by people with Autism

* Free consultation
* Built by people with great attention to detail
* After sales support available
* Delivery available on request
* Twelve months guarantee on parts & labour
* Prices starting from £350
* Big savings for charities

01603 620500 info@asperger.org.uk http://www.asperger.org.uk
Asperger East Anglia, Charing Cross Centre, 17-19 St. John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN

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Too Much Information, or, "What is it like to be Autistic?"


For friends, partners, parents, etc - we already know what it's like!


What is it like to be Autistic? Want to find out one of the ways Autism sets challenges to people with the condition?

National Autistic Society’s "Too Much Information" virtual reality tour will be at Norwich’s intu Chapelfield on 27th-28th August (Saturday & Sunday). Link: http://www.autism.org.uk/VR


"Following the phenomenal success of our TMI film, we've produced a 360 degree virtual reality version to help you to feel what it might be like to get too much ..."


"Those of you who have not seen the video it can be accessed via the same link. It’s a short video about a lad with autism going to a shopping Mall with his mum and the sensory overload he experiences. Very eye opening and just a snap idea of what it is like for many with autism."


(Via Autism Anglia)

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Adult Autism Spectrum Cohort

This has probably been mentioned already, but following a heads-up given us by an NHS department in the region, we'd like to remind people about it.

It is a research project conducted by Newcastle University and is about engaging adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives in research. At least 1% of adults are on the autism spectrum.

If anyone with autism living in the Cambridge and Peterborough areas is interested in taking part, you can find out more at the Newcastle University website for the project. There is also an introductory video on YouTube.

Please note these links are part of the university and project, not related to Asperger East Anglia. If you are interested, in taking part, please contact Newcastle University directly.

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Those of us on the spectrum ourselves know what it's like to be autistic, but do our NT friends or relatives have a hard time understanding? Do your support workers find it hard to understand what you are going through?

AEA has been informed of a blog written by an adult with AS which describes just that and feel it is important to help non-autistic people understand what many people with Autism experience on a daily basis. You might consider showing the link below to friends and family or sharing it on social media.

Please note that the opinions therein are the creator's own and do not necessarily represent those of AEA. There is also, in some places, strong language and discussion of difficult issues often disproportionately experienced by people with Autism.

http://www.assupportgrouponline.org/apps/blog

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Xmas Fish & Chip Quiz Night!

AEA is holding another quiz night to raise funds for the Beccles Children & Family group on Thursday 8th December, at Beccles Public Hall, Smallgate, Beccles, NR34 9AD.

Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start and tickets are £7.50 per person.

The price includes chips & fish or 2 sausages and teams can be up to 8 people. A raffle & other refreshments will be available. Booking essential!

To purchase tickets please contact Paula on 07484 210453, email p.ingle@asperger.org.uk, or call into The A Shop, 1A Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ.

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Used stamps needed - can you help?

We are seeking used postage stamps, so if you are willing to cut used stamps from envelopes, we'd be very grateful to have them.

Ideally, leaving a border of around 6mm (1/4 inch) around them will help us, as we can then sell on to people such as stamp collectors.

All money raised goes to helping people affected by Asperger Syndrome.

You can drop them in at our Head Office in Norwich (Charing Cross Centre, 19 St John Maddermarket, NR2 1DN) or our charity shop at Beccles (1a Market Street, NR34 9AQ).

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Prizes needed for Christmas Raffle

We are preparing the Christmas Raffle for 2016 which, as usual, raises funds for our charitable cause; we would be very grateful for donations of items that can be given as prizes.

If you would like to contribute something, you can drop it in at our charity shop at Beccles (The A Shop, 1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ) or at our Head Office in Norwich (Charing Cross Centre, 19 St John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN) .

For more information, please contact us at the A Shop on 01502 715500.

Any donations gratefully received!

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Charity Christmas Fayre on 8th December

Bar-Red at King's Lynn are holding a Christmas Fayre in aid of Asperger East Anglia and Contact the Elderly, with mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas music and much much more.

There will be about 13 stalls, a charity raffle and drinks can be purchased from the bar. Raffle tickets are £1 each, obtainable from Bar-Red (details below). Fantastic prizes to be won!

Information about our charity will be available and all the money raised will be split between the two charities.

8th December, 6pm-8pm
Bar-Red, Norfolk street, Kings Lynn, PE30 1AQ
01553 772579

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Asperger East Anglia arranging visit to Excelsior Trust

Asperger East Anglia will be arranging a visit to the Excelsior Trust to have a look around the ship. The Excelsior provides sailing experiences for groups of people of all ages: children, young people and adults.

The crew on board have experience of working with people with disabilities of all kinds and will provide an opportunity to experience life on board a sailing ship working as part of a team in all aspects.

We may be able to access funding to allow a short trip into international waters or a visit to London if enough people would like to take part.

We can organise a day visit in February which will be open to all age groups and will involve a visit to the ship where you can have a look around above and below deck whilst the ship is moored in Lowestoft and meet the skipper and crew who sail the boat across the waters.

For further information or if anyone is interested in a day visit to see the Excelsior please contact Thecla Fellas, CEO Asperger East Anglia, 01603 620500

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We are running short of computer memory modules; many of our computers are under strength in this way but perfectly OK otherwise; we are particularly short of PC2-6400 modules.

If you are about to scrap a computer completely, e.g. it doesn't work at all, please consider donating the memory modules to us. They do not need secure erasing because, unlike hard disks, they forget everything when the computer is switched off.

They just need unclipping from the main circuit board without touching the gold connectors on the bottom, then wrapping in conductive plastic bags; your IT person or department can do this for you.

If you are not a company, please note that there is a slight risk of damaging the modules when doing this at home; in which case, please do it only on a computer that you are absolutely sure you wish to dispose of. Silver kitchen foil is a good substitute for the conductive plastic bags and if you've never done it before, take a look at steps 1-6 from the guide below.

Any donations would be gratefully appreciated and if you have any queries, please email m.howe@asperger.org.uk or call 07918 133 571 during business hours.

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-reseat-a-desktop-memory-module-2624537

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Please would those of you who also follow us on Streetlife note that Streetlife is being shut down and replaced with Nextdoor, which doesn't support organisation pages yet.
Thus our Streetlife pages for Beccles and Norwich are no longer working and can't be replaced until Nextdoor provide pages as a service.
We will continue to provide Facebook and Twitter and you can contact us at the A Shop in Beccles or Head Office in Norwich as usual.
Our contact details: Email: info@asperger.org.uk; Norwich (Charing Cross Centre, St John maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN): 01603 620500; Beccles (A Shop, 1A Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ): 01502 715500

 

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Asperger East Anglia Coding Club 2017

We propose to run coding clubs fortnightly in Beccles and Norwich; if you are interested, please contact Thecla Fellas, CEO, on 07776 231485 or t.fellas@asperger.org.uk

What is coding?

Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. Computers are not clever things, however they are very obedient. They will do exactly what you want them to do, so long as you tell them how to do it correctly.

Learning to code has been likened to learning a foreign language, or perhaps more specifically a family of foreign languages. There are many different coding languages, each one designed with certain things in mind. Examples include C a low level but fast programming language that is good for anything graphically intensive like games; Javascript, which was specifically designed for dealing with web content; and Perl, a multi-functional language that is often referred to as the 'swiss army knife' of programming.

Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps, & websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, websites – they’re all made with code. When you learn to code you can make things happen on your computer. You can make anything you want with code. It could be a game, some pictures or a film. Computer code is a set of rules or instructions. It is made up of words and numbers and when you put them in the right order it will tell your computer what you want it to do. You can program lots of things with code. Schools use www.codingclub.co.uk

Why is coding important?

Code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer programme, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age. Over the next 10 years it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them. Jobs not directly linked to computer sciences - such as banking, medicine and journalism - will also be affected by the need for at least an understanding of programming and coding.

Linda Liukas, co-founder of coding workshop programme Rail Girls, believes that coding is "the literacy of the 12st century" and the need for people to speak the ABC of programming is imminent. our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it. More importantly, writing software is about expression, creativity - and practical application," Liukas told IBTimes UK. "Our kids should learn to bend, join, break and combine code in a way it wasn't designed to. It's a whole generation of kids that will use code like our generation used words."

Why is it vital that we teach our children to code?

We are already living in a world dominated by software. Telephone calls go over software-controlled networks, television is delivered over the internet; people don’t buy maps anymore, they use the web; we all shop online. The next generation’s world will be even more online and digital. Soon, house's and homes will be controlled with software, some medical care will be delivered over the web and our car's may one day drive itself.

Software is the language of our world

Software is becoming a critical layer of all our lives. It is the language of our world. In the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today. Not every job in the future will involve programming but it is crucial that every child learns to code. This is not primarily about equipping the next generation to work as software engineers, it is about promoting computational thinking.
Computational thinking is how software engineers solve problems.

It combines mathematics, logic and algorithms, and teaches you a new way to think about the world and how to tackle large problems by breaking them down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable problems. It allows you to tackle complex problems in efficient ways that operate at huge scale. It involves creating models of the real world with a suitable level of abstraction, and focus on the most pertinent aspects. It helps you go from specific solutions to general ones.

Fields as diverse as mechanical engineering, fluid mechanics, physics, biology, archaeology and music are applying the computational approach. In business we are beginning to understand that markets often follow rules that can be discerned using computational analysis.
Computational thinking is a skill that everyone should learn. Even if you never become a professional software engineer, you will benefit from knowing how to think this way. It will help you understand and master technology of all sorts and solve problems in almost any discipline.

WHY ARE CHILDREN WITH ASD GOOD AT CODING?

There are no rules. One of the biggest commonalities in children with Autism and their love of CODING is the freedom that they have to play in the sandbox environment of the game. Children speak about how “you can build anything” and that there are no set rules about how to choose what to work on. This is especially interesting, considering the fact that children affected by Autism generally desire repetition, rules, and knowing what to expect.

It’s easy to get into. Coding also allows players to start with simple creations before moving to more complicated creations. For children on the autism spectrum, it allows them to build at their own pace and in a manner in which they are comfortable without being overwhelmed. Introducing them to world of coding, where they can actually build something and see it work, is a fantastic way for them to see how their specialist skills and interest in IT and computers can be translated into something that could enable them to access the world of work in the near future.”

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Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival 2017

 

Aged 14-24? The Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival is a fantastic chance to discover the huge range of opportunities available to you from across the country and motivate, inspire and offer you the chance to take the next steps towards your career. It will offer you the information and drive necessary to turn your favourite subjects into the right qualifications for an apprenticeship, degree or job.

 

The Norfolk Careers and Skills festival is a unique opportunity to get inspired for your future. This event is perfect for anyone aged 14-24 to discover the huge range of career opportunities that are available within the county. There will be a wide range of guest speakers and workshops to give career guidance. With over 50 exhibitors from across a wide range of industries, this is not an event to miss. In addition, for school parties it is part of OFSTED’s IAG guidance.

 

The event will be open on Wednesday 8 March between 9:30am and 3:30pm (last entry at 1:30pm) and Thursday 9 March between 9:30am and 1:30pm (last entry at 11:30am). Schools and groups over 20 must book in advance.

 

For more information, please visit www.norfolkskills.co.uk

 

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AEA Coding Club Project Open Evening

Thursday 13th April 6:30pm – 8.00pm at the Charing Cross Centre in Norwich

If you are interested in attending or volunteering either of our new Norwich and Beccles coding groups, please come along and meet us!

Charing Cross Centre, 17-19 St. John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN

For further information please contact Thecla Fellas on 01603 620500 or 07776 231485

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AEA Coding Club Project Open Evening

 

What language(s) do you use?

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Hello Aeolienne

 

I don't personally know which languages they will be using as am not personally involved with that project; however, if you email info@asperger.org.uk or telephone one of the numbers given, they could tell you.

 

Kind Regards

Martin

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Coming soon by popular demand - new Fish & Chip Quiz Night!

 

AEA is holding another quiz night to raise funds for the Beccles Children & Family group on Thursday 18th May, at Beccles Public Hall, Smallgate, Beccles, NR34 9AD.

 

Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start and tickets are £7.50 per person.


The price includes fish & chips or sausages & chips and teams can be up to 8 people. A raffle & other refreshments will be available. Booking essential!

 

To purchase tickets please contact Paula on 07484 210453, 01502 715500, email p.ingle@asperger.org.uk, or call into The A Shop, 1A Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ

 

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Appeal for Clothing Donations

We are running low on clothes for our charity shop and would really appreciate any donations of items in good condition. This doesn't mean they have to be perfect, so if you have anything you are thinking of recycling that is still wearable, with no missing buttons, loose threads, etc., we would be grateful for them.

Please can you help? All proceeds go to supporting people affected by Asperger Syndrome. A Shop, 1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ. 01502 715500.

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