Dates for 2007

18th January - Talk with Ludlow Conservative Association

8th March - All night Vigil Parliament Square, London.

22nd May Stratford on Avon. 10.30 12.30 Talk with SENSIS Parents’ Group.

If you’re interested please email me on

Dates for 2006

28th June

Sandy, the Velvet Bulldozer, will be giving a talk and signing books at the
Buffet Evening organised by the NAS Denbighshire & Conwy Branch.  This event
will take place on Wednesday 28th June, 7.30 p.m. at  the Bod Erw Hotel, St.
Asaph North Wales (just off A55).

For details and tickets please enquire to:

Dave Morgan,
NAS Denbighshire & Conwy Branch
43 Aquarium Street
North Wales

21st February

Adoption UK – I’m giving a talk , St. Paul's Community Centre,
23 Inner Park Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 6ED. It's on the corner of Augustus
Road and Inner Park Road. £2 - Open to all adoptive parents (poss to other parents) so if interested:

Please email Sandy for details:

25th, 26th March

I’m attending the SOS!SEN Conference, a weekend workshop for parents and professionals. This will be held again at the Langdon Down Centre, Teddington, TW11 3PS. Last year's was excellent. Very good rate if applying before 28th February. Your chance to listen (and talk to) John Friel – eminent education barrister - and Melinda Nettleton – SEN specialist solicitor – and others in the same field. Wonderful talks and a mock SENDIST Tribunal. If you are facing one of these this is an invaluable experience.


Tel: 020 8979 8853

8th, 9th, 10th May

Autism Cymru Conference in Cardiff, Wales

I attended the year before last and listened to Tony Attwood and a married couple (Gisela and Christopher I think). Christopher has Asperger’s Syndrome and they’ve written a book to try to help other married couples. Again, I felt the long drive was worth it. There are some very big names at the conference this year; Tony Attwood again (he was terrific and really knows his onions), professor Simon Baron-Cohen (who is another chap I have a lot of time for) and Dame Steve Shirley, who has done so much for the Autistic cause in this country. Look at the website for the full list of speakers.

Check out


01970 625256

13th May

‘Mums the word’. This sounds very nice. £10. I’m doing a bit of a chat in the morning and then they are offering a pampering session to attendees in the afternoon – and we could all do with a bit of pampering, eh!

Contact: Rose at Sunfield School, Clent, Nr. Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 9PB.

Tel: 01562 883183.

Velvet Bulldozer - Press details - Click where underlined to read review


Review in the National Autistic Society 'Communication' Magazine

Review in ‘Woman Alive’ Christian magazine

Review in East Grinstead Courier, West Sussex

Review in Autism West Midlands magazine

Review in Adoption Today – magazine of Adoption UK

Velvet Bulldozer meets Princess Anne!

Mail on Sunday YOU magazine review

Camphill Pages review

Review in Education for Everyone - page one (this goes to all special needs schools in UK)

Review in Education for Everyone - page two (this goes to all special needs schools in UK)

Review from Rathbone

Review by Gill Winfield, Link magazine

Review in Q & A Magazine (which goes to ALL schools in UK)

Following Maria Hutchings brave confrontation with Mr. Blair on live TV I was interviewed live on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme along with Stephen Ladyman and Tim Collins Shadow Education Minister in February.

National Autistic Society have written a review (which they tell me is very positive).  This is due to be published in next NAS magazine due shortly.

Very positive comments on Amazon and a very good ranking

Extremely positive comments from readers in UK and US.  One reader, who is the headmaster of a special needs school in Worcester, contacted me to ask for flyers as he wanted to send one to each of the parents of his 150 pupils as he knows the battles they are involved in.

Various woman’s magazines have expressed an interest however, I will not allow them photographs of children (as I want to protect their anonymity) so have decided not to pursue this for the time being.


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