Autism Conference – York

Autism Conference, November 29th, The Bar Convent, York

I thought you might be interested in a conference on autism that we’re organising in York, at The Bar Convent, on November 29th. I wondered if you could publicise this? We’re a group of experts on autism, as it’s lived, and all of us have personal experience of autism, and want to make our expertise and the latest knowledge about autism easily accessible to as many people as possible. We’re trying to make a difference to the way autism is viewed by everyone in the UK – and perhaps the world! You can find more details on our website at (click on conferences, but feel free to look at the whole site) Prices are from £40 for the day, and you can book on the site by scrolling down to the bottom of the conference page, or send us an email if you’d like an invoice or if you want to make a block booking as we do offer preferential terms for bookings of 4 or more.

The speakers at this conference, which runs from 8.30am to 5.15 are:

Dr Luke Beardon who has been working for many years in the fields of autism and Asperger Syndrome. He is now Senior Lecturer in autism at Sheffield Hallam University., and author and editor of many books on living with autism.

Dr Olga Bogdashina who is an author and academic. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine and the President of the Autism Society, Ukraine. She is a specialist in the sensory aspects of autism spectrum conditions and the mother of a young man on the autism spectrum.

Dr Barbara Jacobs is an author, academic, educationalist, conference speaker, and organiser of Autistic Intelligence.

Sara Lyons is a former primary school teacher, is the founder of Asteroids, holds an MA in SEN teaching, and is herself on the autism spectrum. She is a Community Champion for Talking about Autism, and a board member of the Autism Education Trust.

This promises to be an exciting and informative event for those on the spectrum, their parents, and all professionals who may come into contact with people on the autism spectrum.

Comments from delegates at our previous include: ‘An amazing educating and eye-opening experience’, ‘Thank you for a wonderfully inspiring day’, “Different thinking, honourable to those with autism,’ ‘It made me realise how out-of-date I am!’ ‘The passion and enthusiasm of the speakers was inspiring.’ ‘A bringing together of experts’, ‘Passionate, realistic, refreshingly honest’. ‘I feel armed with information’, ‘Variety and excellence’, ‘Very relevant to my profession’, ‘The best autism conference of the 10 I’ve attended’, ‘How knowledgeable the speakers were, and straightforward in their language!’

8.30 – 9.00 Registration with tea, coffee and home-made biscuits
9.00 – 9.15 Barbara Jacobs- Welcome and introductions
9.15 – 10.45 Luke Beardon – What we need to know about autism
10.45 – 11.15 Break with tea and coffee
11.15 – 12.15 Sara Lyons – Autism and anxiety
12.15 – 1.45 Delegates are free to lunch and shop. Lunch is not provided but there is a cafe on site.
1.45 – 2.45 Barbara Jacobs introduces a film made at the Torquay conference of Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett – The Minds and Hearts clinic: diagnosis, development, and looking at autism in girls.
2.45 – 3.15 Break with tea and coffee
3.15 – 4.45 Olga Bogdashina – Autism – a different way of thinking
4.45 – 5.15 Panel – delegates ask questions of the speakers
We hope to see you there!
With all best wishes,
Barbara Jacobs

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