Participants required for project about autism and circus skills

Please note, this is not an Autism Centre project.

I am a student at Sheffield Hallam University completing my final research project for MA Autism Spectrum. I have designed a questionnaire through which I aim to gain an insight into current opinions and perspectives held regarding the abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum and personal developmental areas in which improvement is generally required. Simultaneously, I am seeking views and perceptions of circus skills and what skills or abilities are believed to be required for, or learnt through the processes of engaging in basic circus skills.

I aim to examine whether there is a correlation between the two sets of responses in order to determine whether there is a potential space for basic circus skills in the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

I hope that through ascertaining where circus and autism are positioned in peoples’ thinking at the moment, an understanding may be derived as to why circus is not widely used in the UK as a tool or vehicle for personal and social development.

Please direct any questions or interest you have in the study to:

Please click on the link below to participate in the study:

Participant information sheet can be accessed via the link below:

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Sparkle Sheffield Autism Fayre 8-9 September 2016

The Autism Centre’s PhD student Stephen Connolly will be presenting at the Sparkle Sheffield Autism Fayre, 8-9 September 2016.

Details can be found at

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Another research study. Call for participants for Sexuality, Autism, and Young People- Families study

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre research study

Sexuality, Autism, and Young People- Families study


The aim of the SAY-Families study is to find out about how the parents of young people with Autism (without a learning disability) or Asperger syndrome talk to their children about relationships and sex education. A developing sexuality is one of the key challenges that young people face as they grow up, and it is important to find out about families’ experiences of supporting their child in this sensitive area. It is hoped that by finding out parents’ views and experiences, the study will be able to inform the development of support materials for young people and their families.

To find out parents’ views and experiences, we are carrying out one-to-one interviews and have developed an online survey. If you think you might like to take part in either part of the study, more information is below. If you would like to talk to one of the research team, please also feel free to give us a call, we would be more than happy to hear from you (our contact details are also below).

The face-to-face interview- We would like to speak with the parents of young people with Autism (without a learning disability) or Aspergers aged between 14 and 30 years old, who also have a sibling of a similar age. This is because we would like to find out if your experiences of supporting each of your children in this area have been similar or different.

Stacey Hunter, who is one of the research team, will speak with you on the phone to arrange a time that is suitable for you to take part in an interview with her. The interview can take place in your home or somewhere else that is convenient. You can also arrange for your interview to take place over the phone, if that suits you better. The interview will last roughly 45 minutes.

For more information about how to take part contact Stacey at

Online Survey – We are also looking for the parents of young people with Autism (without a learning disability) or Aspergers aged between 14 and 30 years old to fill in an online survey. The survey can be completed by one or both parents of a young person. If you would like to take part as a couple, we ask that you fill in the survey independently and indicate that you would like your responses to be linked.

You can access the online survey using the following link:


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Call for participants – fathers and autism research – North West England

Call for participants – fathers and autism research – North West England


I am a research student from the University of York Centre for Women’s Studies, my name is Jo Heeney.

I am carrying out research interviews for my PhD with fathers who have autistic sons and daughters (of all ages) and I am seeking dads in the North West of England who might be interested in taking part.

This study focuses on the things that fathers do. Modern family life often involves mothers and fathers taking turns to work and care; you may be a single father caring on your own, or you might be an older father with adult offspring. You may be from a minority ethnic background. Whatever your family situation, I would love to hear from you.

The study is also designed to show that people with autism are active individuals in their own right, who have relationships, interests, likes and dislikes like anybody else.

This study has had full ethical approval, and participation is voluntary and confidential.

If you are interested, please email me on in confidence and I will send you further information.

If you have and concerns or comments about this research project you can contact my supervisors Prof. Vicki Robinson and Prof. Dan Goodley on the email addresses below:


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Open communication between school, pupils with SEND and parents/carers can help to avoid school exclusion

The latest SEND blog for the TES by The Autism Centre’s Nick Hodge and the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research’s Claire Wolstenholme is now available at . The blog features research conducted by CEIR that highlights how more open communication between schools, pupils with SEND and parents can help to avoid the damaging experience of school exclusion.


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Research Survey: Perspective of families with children with intellectual disability about self-determination

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre research project.

Colleagues from the University of Navarra and University of Warwick are conducting research about people aged 15-40 with intellectual disability and self determination.

Self-determination is a combination of attitudes and abilities that lead people to set goals for themselves, and to take the initiative to reach these goals. It means making their own choices, learning to effectively solve problems, and taking control and responsibility for one’s life.

The survey is designed to learn more about parents’ and carers’ perspectives on this issue.

More information on the survey and access to it can be found at

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Free Circles of Support Event at Bents Green School Tomorrow

Owing to a couple of cancellations there are now places available for the Circles of Support event at Bents Green School.

For more information see the Flyer below. To book a place please email Andrea Brewin at

PDF doc Circles conference

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