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Autism charity in the running for lottery cash

Sheffield based charity, Autistics Children and Carers Together (ACCT) has been shortlisted for the public vote stage of the National Lottery funded People’s Projects and is calling for public support. The charity could win a vital grant of £70,000 to support its work with more than 500 children and their families in Sheffield. It offers activities and a supportive environment for autistic young people to relax and be themselves, developing confidence, social skills and making friends. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

World Autism Awareness Week celebrations

World Autism Awareness Week is seven days in which the public are encouraged to take part in activities across the country to raise awareness about autism. Schools, organisations and individuals are encouraged to to hold events across the country to talk about autism and to raise funds. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Grace Parry about living with autism.

Sheffield Council accused of failing special needs children

Liesje Dusausay, chief executive of Sparkle Sheffield, the autism charity, has accused Sheffield Council of “abusing” children with special educational needs by failing to provide the right educational environment. Dusausay told Sheffield Live! that many children are still waiting confirmation of their school placements while others are so distressed at their current schools that they are self-harming. Sheffield Council released a statement last week admitting mistakes had been made which the authority said it “truly” regretted. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with members of Sparkle and concerned parents.

Lord Mayor opens new sensory room at Sheffield school

Norfolk Community Primary school is celebrating a new sensory room dedicated to children with additional needs. Youngsters aged between two and six, with conditions such as ADHD, autism and other developmental challenges, will now be able to benefit from the new facility which will provide a safe, calm and comfortable environment. The room has a range of high quality sensory resources including lighting, smells, bubble tubes, music and a projector.


Sparkle for Autism this Bonfire Night

Sparkle Sheffield are raising awareness of autism, and the dangers of sparklers for children with autism around Bonfire night. They are encouraging people to wear something sparkly instead, or take part in a dance, over the bonfire period. Sparkle are asking people around the world to post their photos on social media. Founder of Sparkle, Liesje Dusauzaytold Sheffield Live why she decided to set up the campaign.