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Autism is a lifelong incurable developmental disability however with the right support at the right time those living with autism can lead a more fulfilling life. Over 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum which if you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.
In April 2014 the government published “Think Autism: Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives”, which is an update of the 2010 Autism strategy for adults with autism in England. The aim is to achieve better health and social care outcomes, through better data collection and more joined up advice and information services. The strategy has been supported by £4.5 million being put towards an Innovation Fund and a community-led awareness programme.
A key challenge those in the sector face is there cannot be a “one size fits all” approach when dealing with people with autism as each individual has their own unique needs. Some may also have additional considerations such as a learning disability and serious mental or physical health issues. With a wide range of complex learning difficulties to consider, how do we ensure the workforce is appropriately and confidently prepared to respond to these challenging and possibly dangerous situations?
Delegate feedback from our last Autism conference includes:
“A fantastic insight into autism and a very good opportunity to network with colleagues in the sector”
“It was good to hear how other organisations are spreading awareness on autism”
The Autism Conference organised to coincide with Autism Awareness Week will examine the role different agencies have to play in creating a more Autism Friendly environment and increase the awareness of autism. The conference will offer examples of how organisations can fully prepare their workforce to effectively respond to difficult situations involving those with complex learning difficulties.
Course dates coming soon...
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Registration, refreshments and exhibition
Opening remarks from chair
Wendy Peel, Specialist Teacher, Communication and Autism Team, Birmingham City Council and Parent
The Autism agenda
Mark Lever, Chief Executive, The National Autistic Society
Improving pathways for those with learning disabilities
Jim Blair, Independent Consultant Learning Disability Nurse
From education to employment: supporting more autistic children and young people to fulfil their potential
Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive , Ambitious about Autism
Refreshments and networking
The perspective of a young person with autism
Intervention strategies for parents and professionals in dealing with autism
Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Gina Davies Autism Centre
Lunch and networking
Reflections from a family carer of a person living with autism
Dr Virginia Bovell, Member of Islington Learning Disability Partnership Board
What is deemed to be good practice in autism education?
Dr Glenys Jones, Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham
Do Reading Habits Differ Between Autistic and Neuro-Typical Participants?
Melissa Jane Chapple, PhD Student, University of Liverpool
Supporting people in the workplace
Catherine Leggett, Employment Consultant, The National Autistic Society
Closing remarks from chair
*Programme subject to change without notice
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