Thousands of people with autism, their families and carers, and social care professionals poured into the ExCeL Centre on 12th and 13th June to attend one of the country’s most renowned autism conferences - the London Autism Show.

United Response was delighted to have the opportunity to participate again this year.

Our stand was located to the right of the main entrance and, as ever, our table was overflowing with resources that we’d brought along to share with delegates. Staff from around the country came along to answer enquiries on the stand and discuss their experience of everything from dealing with challenging behaviour and accessing funding to building a meaningful life in the community and the range of people we can support.

FREE resources – but if you missed them, you needn’t miss out

As ever, our challenge was bringing along a sufficient quantity of our resources! They included copies of our award-winning easy read news magazine Easy News, a number of person-centred tools, the latest version of our general brochure and our autism leaflet.

We were giving away copies of our My Money Toolkit software, which is designed to help people with learning disabilities learn how to create their own budget and manage their money. As usual, the program was gratefully received by some very excited recipients! Keen to get your hands on your own copy of this budgeting tool? Please drop [email protected] an email.

We also brought along details of our Making Money Easier resources, which help explain banking processes and simplify the complex terminology used.

Numerous parents and guardians were particularly interested in our guidance document, created in collaboration with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, which provides advice on looking for a social care provider for the first time and things to think about to avoid surprises later down the line. You can download this 'Top Ten Tips when Choosing a Support Provider' guidance document as a PDF.

Download Top Ten Tips when Choosing a Support Provider

‘Lost in Transition’ presentation

This year, we were honoured to be invited to share our experience of working with young people in transition by delivering a presentation to a packed audience on Friday afternoon.

Our presenters, Diane Lightfoot, director of policy and communications, and Amie Dobinson, development coordinator, delivered a talk looking at ways in which it is possible to make the process of transition as smooth and successful as possible.

A few passers-by looked bewildered to see the audience captivated by what appeared to be a silent presentation, but in actual fact it was a high-tech solution that enabled delegates to listen through wireless headphones, picking up the sound from microphones on the presenters’ lapels.

The talk concluded with people we support and staff handing out leaflets containing five top tips for the audience to take away.

What did you think?

If you attended the London Autism Show this year, please let us know how the event was for you. If you visited our stand, we’d be interested to receive your feedback on the resources, and if you listened to the transition talk, we would be grateful to hear your comments.

Share your best bits and suggestions with us by emailing [email protected]; regardless of whether you’re sharing 1 word or 100, we’d be delighted to hear from you!

Vicki Arogundade, marketing development officer.

Find out more about how we support people with autism to take control of their lives.