|With the highly-talented Scott James|
Going back to last week's visit to Denmark, I also observed some values within Danish society that can be learned from effectively in the UK, including enabling the recently passed Social Value Act to deliver. Danish society is shaped around a network of values built on relations of interdependence, a theme that I have talked much about here in a spiritual context. In an economic context though, one of the purposes of the Social Value Act, is to put people before profit, considering the impact that a procurement will have on the local community. This where an awareness of interconnected values helps, as the procurement that offers the best social value may not be the lowest-cost, but rather the one best-placed to be of benefit to the local community, including the local autism community. After all, autism and Asperger's Syndrome affect those not on the autistic spectrum too.
Similarly, one of the main reasons why I chose Daisy Chain as my charity to do the 2012 Bupa Great North Run for was largely because I was impressed with how they had got local businesses on board. I have organised two events in April to continue to raise funds for the charity, including a quiz night and a gig, which will take place on 19th and 25th April respectively. The quiz night will be hosted by Ian Geldard, who has given many seminars on autism from the sibling's perspective, growing up with a brother with autism. The gig features Sheikh Ya Mojo. Fronted by the talented Andy Atkinson, Sheikh Ya Mojo play rock and blues classics from the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Ray Charles, Dr Feelgood and many more. For more information on these events, click on the posters below. To find out more about my challenge, please visit my sponsorship page at http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-MitchellGNR/
In the meantime, I am looking forward to getting some practical software testing experience in the coming weeks. But to hear how these events go as well as my training and preparation, stayed tuned to Adventures with Autism Works. Happy Easter!
Special thanks to the MAIN Project for inviting me to speak at their World Autism Day Conference and well done to Middlesbrough's Beverley School Choir for raising funds to buy supplies for Romanian schoolchildren, which Scott James will take when he visits Romania next month. I wish Scott every success with his visit.