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Message to Transforming Autism Subscribers
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29th September 2016

Dear Subscribers


 
Apologies for the long silence.  It is not due to inactivity on Transforming Autism - actually, it's the opposite.

Just under three weeks ago, I left work to focus full time on Transforming Autism, and this is what has happened:
  • Goals - We now have a defined set of short, medium and long-term goals, which are more coherent than anything we have had before.  These have been posted on the website here.
 
  • Charity Status - I have never been comfortable (in all these long weeks) of running Transforming Autism as a business.  I would prefer to offer the consultations for a nominal fee/donation which would go direct to the Transforming Autism Project rather than to me.  This would not be possible if it is run as a business, and neither would it be possible to even think about the medium and long term goals above.  I have therefore decided to convert the Transforming Autism Project into a charity and to work towards all these goals.                 We are not there yet - I am still at an early stage of understanding how to do this, and starting to put a team together (I have been on the breakfast networking circuit like crazy this past fortnight...), but this is the direction we are headed.              If any of you has any contacts who know the sector and may wish to support this with advice and guidance, it would be very much appreciated if you could connect us with them.  If any of you yourselves would like to become involved in this - if the goals and the approach resonate with you and if you have the time and inclination - you would be very welcome. 
 
  • Posts - Yes, I know the blog has been very quiet for a while.  I have been writing, but have been focusing on my TED talk which I am due to give on 5th November.  It is called, "The Beautiful Reality of Autism", and it aims to truly challenge the prevailing negativity in the perception of autism, even sometimes by those involved in care.  If it goes well, it could be critical in getting the message of the Transforming Autism Project heard by a much wider audience.  Unfortunately, the video of the talk will not be available until the New Year, but I may post a text version of it on the blog before then.  (If I do, I will send it to subscribers first).        There is a new post coming soon on Containment - a central theme of the Transforming Autism approach to improving the lives of those with autism.  I was hoping to publish it this week , but it may be pushed back to next week.

So, that's where we are at the moment.  Hope to have more news soon.
 
Best Wishes

Guy Shahar
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