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Profiling Autism

Helping to guide the development of support strategies to create programmes that match the developmental stages of the individual with Autism

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THIS IS WHO WE ARE

Autism Progress is a Social Enterprise that is dedicated to improving the lives of people with Autism through the creation of expertly prepared materials that can be used around the world. It is owned and run by experts from Autism Wessex, Scottish Autism, North East Autism Society and B Squared Ltd

Autism Wessex

Founded in 1968 by parents of children with autism, Autism Wessex is the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

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Scottish Autism

We are the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice. We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.

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North East Autism Society

The Society was founded in 1980 by a group of parents whose children were diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). They wanted to send their children to a school where the staff understood their needs and where each child would be helped to achieve their full potential.

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44 descriptors
3 Great Autism Charities
43200 minutes research and writing
130 Years combined experience
2889 miles covered

About B Squared Ltd

B Squared is a market leader in the provision of education assessment software, with their Connecting Steps software. Covering EYFS, Primary, Secondary and SEN.

 

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Market leading assessment software

We have been making assessment for 18 years

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Used by over 3000 schools across the world

We are in schools in over 20 countries

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Available online and via our native iPad app

Our iPad app is perfect for assessing on the go and parent evenings

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Covering all 2014 curriculum subject areas

All our new 2014 subjects are now available

Facts about Autism

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With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with some form of Autism, it is a growing figure in this country. There are 5 times more males than females with Autism and worryingly 40% of children with Autism have been subject to bullying in their school. Things don't get much better with adulthood with only an estimated 15% of UK adults in full time employment!

Our Autism Profile and what it means

We recognised a need for an assessment tool which could be used by all to assess the impact of a person’s autism.

Using autism descriptors already created by B Squared as a base, the developers at Autism Progress have created a set of progressive levels in the following areas of autism:


  • Communication
  • Flexibility of Thought
  • Social interaction
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Sensory and Perceptual Motor

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  • Teachers among most-trusted professionals, poll finds https://t.co/X7tXgKQabq via @tes #Teachers #Teaching #Primary #Secondary #Schools
    Fri Dec 09 16:31:12 +0000 2016
  • New money for school improvement, following £600m cut https://t.co/5Hwr9Ii1Se via @tes #Education #Schools #Academies
    Fri Dec 09 11:55:13 +0000 2016
  • Labels are not a cure https://t.co/Y6BaKYOBxv via @tes_SEN Understand individuals with #Autism better using @AutismProgress #SENCO #SEN #ASD
    Fri Dec 09 07:05:11 +0000 2016
  • Ofsted annual report: Focus on teacher recruitment Wilshaw tells ministers https://t.co/3av3B2rjHd via @tes #Education #Teachers #Secondary
    Thu Dec 08 11:55:10 +0000 2016
  • Dogs4Good transforms lives of #autistic children https://t.co/6zqMFLtRuv Use @AutismProgress to profile individuals with #autism #ASD #SENCO
    Thu Dec 08 07:15:11 +0000 2016
  • English pupils improve results in international maths and science exams https://t.co/tMCqDRYvsm via @GuardianEdu #School #Primary #Secondary
    Wed Dec 07 19:15:14 +0000 2016
  • New Scottish school tests are 'not high stakes' https://t.co/6yrMrLMsiF via @BBCNews #curriculumforexcellence Consider @ConnectingSteps !
    Tue Dec 06 16:31:01 +0000 2016
  • Calls for Scottish Councils to reverse cuts in specialist school staff https://t.co/y19Tmyo1gB @TheScotsman Consider @AutismProgress 4 #SEND
    Tue Dec 06 11:45:20 +0000 2016
  • Tiger #pupils leaving British children far behind! https://t.co/wlFELWPpKn via @thetimes #education #secondary #teaching
    Tue Dec 06 07:20:12 +0000 2016
  • #Ofsted to put more emphasis on preparation of #pupils for employment https://t.co/5kshiYywSB via @SchoolsWeek #Secondary #Assessment
    Mon Dec 05 16:01:51 +0000 2016

Bob Lowndes

Bob has been Chief Executive of Autism Wessex for 20 years, prior to which he worked for the National Autistic Society and other local autism charities

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Bob Lowndes

Whilst his personal practical experience has been in the provision of social care services, Bob has been actively engaged in improving educational provision for children with autism and has been a member of the Autism Education Trust Programme Board since its inception in 2006. Bob understands the importance of services to demonstrate the impact they have on the lives of those who use them and is delighted to be associated with Autism Progress which provides practitioners with a valuable tool to demonstrate the development and progress of those they are teaching or supporting.

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Alan Somerville

Alan Somerville is Chief Executive of Scottish Autism, Scotland’s national autism charity. Alan is also a Trustee of the Autism Alliance UK and a member of the Scottish Government’s Governance Group which oversees the development and implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

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Alan Somerville

Alan worked for 16 years in a variety of commercial and operational roles mainly in logistics and distribution with BOC (and predecessor firms) before making a major career change into public transport as Commercial Director of ScotRail in 1994.

After setting up his own consultancy in 1997, Alan worked on logistical, transport-related and business management projects and studies for large private sector organisations such as Unilever, Enron and McDonald’s, as well as in the public sector for Transport Initiatives Edinburgh, Strathclyde Passenger Transport and Scottish Enterprise. He has also provided general management support to SME’s trading in sectors unrelated to transport and distribution.

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John Phillipson

John has managed a wide range of services, at a senior level, in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. He worked as Assistant Director with Barnardos North East before joining North Tyneside Council in 1998 as Head of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. John went on to become Head of Children’s Services and latterly Director of Social Services in North Tyneside.

John has been the Chief Executive of the North East Autism Society since 2005 where services have been radically transformed and expanded with significantly improved outcomes for people on the autism spectrum.

In addition to being the CEO of the North-East Autism Society John is Chair of Autism Alliance UK, an alliance of 18 charities who come together in efforts to influence government over legislation and policy in respect of autism. The alliance members have a combined annual turnover of circa £160 million which means that they are not entirely without influence in debates over autism provision.

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John Phillipson

As chair of the Alliance John is a member of the “All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism – (advisory group). This group advises MPs on key issues relating to services for children, young people and adults with autism and helps them to develop their annual agenda.

John is a member of the Department of Health Autism Programme Board. This group meets on a regular basis with the Minister for Social Care and Support to advise on the implementation of the government’s Autism - Adult Strategy.

John is a Trustee of “Safe Families for Children”, a charity that provides befriending support to families.

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Dale Pickles

Dale is the Director of B Squared. B Squared is a market leader in the provision of education assessment software, with their Connecting Steps software and GAP Analysis module used in over 3000 schools

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Dale Pickles

Originally a provider of SEN assessments, B Squared has a wealth of experience in assessing developmental levels and Autism Progress was able to draw on this expertise in the development of the new autism descriptors.

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Jasmine Miller

Jasmine joined the team at New Struan School in August 2011. New Struan, which opened in 2005, encompasses a residential school for young people with Autism between the age of 5 and 19 years of age, the National Diagnosis and Assessment Service and the National Education Outreach Service.

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Jasmine Miller

Jasmine has overall responsibility of the running of the residential school and oversees the continued development and quality of the School Improvement plan. Jasmine works with a multi professional team to deliver a shared vision that puts the young person at its core; developing included confident learners in the community.

Jasmine has worked in both mainstream and special educational needs settings as a qualified Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher, Head Teacher and School Improvement Partner. Jasmine has a Masters in E-Inclusion, Learning Disability and Technology, National Professional qualification for headship (NPQH), Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Primary Teaching. Jasmine has presented at conferences on Autism across the world including China and Kosovo and been a member of review teams for Autism Accreditation as part of the National Autistic Society.

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Francine Crook

Francine Crook has 12 years teaching experience, a decade of which was specifically teaching young people with Autism

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Francine Crook

She currently is the practice and clinical support team manager for Autism Wessex and manages a team of therapists including SLT, OT and behaviour support, as well as managing the training and development of Autism Wessex staff.

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Jon Twycross

Jon is the CPO at B Squared and is in charge of managing the development of B Squared's software products. He has been with B Squared for 6 years in which time he has fulfilled many roles within the company and helped to grow the business and push its software development forward

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Jon Twycross

Jon has a great and varied technical knowledge and is qualified in many of Microsoft's technologies. He also has a good experience of education having visited, trained and supported 100's of schools across the country over the last 6 years.

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TEAM

Autism Progress is joint venture between Autism Wessex, Scottish Autism and B Squared. Meet the team below

CONTACT US

If you would like to get in touch with us or require any more information, you can use the contact details below or alternatively via the contact form below

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0845 4660 484

Location

Farnborough, Hampshire

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