Archive for September, 2012

Carol Gray – inventor of the celebrated Social Stories – will be online on Awares to answer your questions on September 17, 2012

September 1, 2012

Carol Gray – inventor of the celebrated Social Stories to help children with autism – will be online all day on the Awares conference site ( to September 17, 2012.  This is a unique chance to put your questions to one of the world’s greatest autism authorities, so register right now!  Carol’s excellent paper, ‘Social Stories – An Introduction and Implications for the Future,’  is available to read immediately once you have registered.

Carol is the President of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding in Grand Rapids, a non-profit organisation serving people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those working on their behalf.  She is an internationally respected author and speaker with over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and consultant working on behalf of children and adults with ASD.  In 1991, Carol developed Social Stories™, a strategy used worldwide with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  She has published several articles, chapters and books on topics related to the education and welfare of people with ASD, addressing challenging issues ranging from how to teach social understanding and social skills, bullying, death and dying, and loss, learning and people with ASD. Carol and The Gray Center have also been working in collaboration with Mark Shelley and the Specialminds Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to develop Storymovies™ and co-ordinating materials.  Carol is the recipient of the Barbara Lipinski Award for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with ASD.
This is the second in a series of monthly one-day online seminars on in 2012 (featuring an outstanding line-up of figures from the world of autism) to be run by Autism Cymru, Wales’s National Charity for Autism. To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru (membership is free at or £12 for non-members. Fees
are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar. Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with Carol.

Please let friends and colleagues know about this exciting event.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact Adam Feinstein at:


We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru.Membership is free.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

  • Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities
  • Advance notification of training, conferences and other events
  • Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face-to-face and on-line)
  • The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity
  • Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK
  • Good practice examples
  • Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply fill out application form at
Please send completed applications to

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years. Most of this funding, of course, has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity, we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual world Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe. For example, our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE; Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley. In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and
staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and become part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.

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