The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, the film blends Higashida’s deeply personal descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five non-speaking autistic people from around the world as they go about their daily lives.

More detailed information about the film is available here - www.reasonijump.film and links to advocacy and education resources that we have created to accompany the film can be found here https://thereasonijumpfilm.com/learn/.

World Autism Day 2021

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year. There are events all over the world to raise awareness to improve the lives of people on the spectrum World Autism Awareness Day - EN | United Nations

The National Autistic Society have World Autism Week, they provide resources such as quizzes and information sheets to raise awareness. What is autism

Lifeworks consider Autism as a spectrum which includes many other conditions including OCD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc.

Poster Lifeworks Co-occurring Difficulties Autistic Spectrum

Lifeworks would like to show the Artwork and creativity our clients shared for World Autism Day. Please see our gallery in the link below.

World Autism Day 2021

Keele University Conference 2017

As part of our Big Lottery Project Lifeworks organised an Autism Spectrum Conference at Keele University which took place on the 5th October 2017. The purpose of this was to raise awareness and to help professionals, students and anyone else interested in autistic spectrum conditions to understand and engage with people on the spectrum more effectively. We endeavoured to highlight the challenges individuals on the spectrum face on a daily basis.

Presentations by our four speakers:
Dr Donna Berry (School of Psychology, Keele University).
Dr Pamela Wood (Snr Clinical Psychologist, Autism Spectrum Assessment Service).
Dr Luke Beardon (Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University).
Louise Zandian (Lifeworks CEO).

To end the conference the speakers formed a panel to enable a question and answer session. Donna's presentation focused on Autism and Policing, Pamela spoke about the Autism Assessment Service, Luke gave his thoughts on how unhappy autistic children can be supported to become happy autistic adults. Louise's presentation was about the development of communication support and mentoring for people with above or average IQ on the Autistic Spectrum.

Conference Gallery

The video below is Louise speaking during the conference.

BBC Midlands Today

Lifeworks Staffordshire on BBC Midlands Today talking about our funding issues and how Covid-19 can effect people on the spectrum more than others.

Louise Zandian (CEO), Janet Robson, Joan Blackhurst and clients interviewed at our premises in Newcastle under Lyme.

Open Day 2019

Lifeworks had a fantastic open day on the 15th February 2019. The mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Gill Heesom came to officially open Lifeworks at our new premises in Merrial Street, Newcastle.

Our CEO Louise Zandian, our staff, trustees, volunteers and some of our clients and carers came along to support us, as well as professionals from the Autism Assessment Service, Job Centre Plus, N-u-L Council, Staffs University, North Staffs Carers Association, The Dyslexia Association and Radio Stoke.

The main purpose of the event was to network and introduce Lifeworks to new people and professionals and advertise ourselves through Radio Stoke. There was a buffet and cake, prosecco, and a raffle to raise funds.

Louise Zandian donated the cake and prosecco to celebrate the opening. The buffet was sponsored by Morrison's Goose St, Adbeck Fabrications LTD and Prestige Roofing & Building Services.

Some of our volunteers, carers and clients donated items to the raffle.

£86 was raised for Lifeworks which will go directly to us and will be used to help our clients.

Lifeworks would like to thank all who attended, donated & helped to organise this event as well as Gill Heesom for opening Lifeworks & Radio Stoke.

Christmas Tombola

Christmas Tombola

Christmas fundraiser Friday 6th December
Thanks to all who organised, attended and donated to us.

Lifeworks Christmas Tombola. Raffle, craft items, cakes and a Dalek! Photos of our CEO, staff, volunteers, clients, carers and the candidate for Newcastle Labour MP Carl Greatbatch.

What is Autism

The Autistic Spectrum

A Better Understanding

The Autistic Spectrum is complex and diverse. We at Lifeworks hope the following information will help you gain a more in-depth understanding of this condition and those that may co-exist with it e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to name just a few. 

See below how Autism and other co occurring conditions overlap

Autism – What is it?

Due to the ‘hidden’ nature of the condition it is difficult to recognise someone on the spectrum. People generally show no outward sign of disability, therefore some individuals are considered more able than they are. This of course, leads to confusion and misunderstanding. However, it is important to remember that people are all different and it is vital not to focus on the negative and what people on the spectrum find it difficult to accomplish but consider what they can accomplish. Indeed, many individuals on the spectrum make hard working, conscientious members of the workforce. Many famous people such as entrepreneur Richard Branson and television personality Guy Martin have a diagnosis. Individuals with extreme proficiency in certain areas are referred to as ‘Savants’.

What differentiates Lifeworks Staffordshire from other services? We are unique in that we look at all conditions that present in an individual, not just the autism. Staff and volunteers at Lifeworks have personal experience of autism and the way this affects individuals and their families. It is this aspect which makes us so passionate about the work we do. Lifeworks aims to help people to build strategies in order to navigate and improve quality of life. Individuals on the autistic spectrum need to be given the chance to reach their full potential. 

This will not be achieved without better understanding!

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