The Hub: Theatre 1

Listen to the experiences of adults on the autism spectrum, and some parents, to gain direct insights into your past, present and future.

Hub Theatre 1 Speaker

Just some of the topics covered include strategies for regulating emotion: Dealing with anxiety and anger; autistic girls; how social media positively affects autistic communication; diagnosis in adulthood; and empowering the family after diagnosis.

The Hub: Theatre 1 has a seating capacity of 80 and sound is relayed to the audience through wireless headsets to reduce sound levels in the hall.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.

Friday 30th June 2017

Time
Title
Speaker
10.25 – 10.55

Autistic entrepreneurs: Delivering innovative solutions

Jules Akers, Independent Nurse Consultant and Director of Bananas in the Pianos

11.00 – 11.30

Making employment law work for you

Becca Lamont Jiggins, Just Reasonable

11.35 – 12.05

Early intervention: How parents can work in collaboration with schools

Natalie Menagh, Inclusion Manager, SENCO and mother of an autistic five year old

12.10 – 12.40

The different obstacles autistic people face when accessing healthcare and the steps needed for change

Craig Kennady, Member of the Westminster Commission on Autism

12.45 - 13.15

Autistic and non-autistic fathering: Dads helping dads through support groups and networks

Phil Heslop, Father of an autistic young man

13.20 – 13.50

Family life and autism

Dr Jacqui Jackson and Ben Jackson

13.55 – 14.25

Identifying the barriers to employment and how they might be overcome

Dr Ross Cooper, Chair of AchieveAbility

14.30 – 15.00

Autistic girls: Strategies for success

Lana Grant, Author of From Here to Maternity

15.05 – 15.35

How the NHS and Local Authorities can better serve the autistic community

Peter Baimbridge, Salford Autism

15.40 – 16.10

Perceptions of autism: Who defines what autistic means?

George Watts

16.15 - 16.45

Aspie and Me and Alexithymia: Surviving lifelong
sensory overload, misinterpreting facial cues and the benefits of music

Laurence Mitchell

Saturday 1st July 2017

Time
Title
Speaker
10.25 – 10.55

How social media improves autistic communication

Connor Ward

11.00 – 11.30

Empowering the family after diagnosis

Laurie Morgen

11.35 – 12.05

Diagnosis in adulthood: The advantages and disadvantages

Ronnie Pinder

12.10 – 12.40

From special school to university: Parenting
strategies to help your child blossom

Fatima De Kwant, Mother of an autistic young man and
Founder of Autimates

12.45 - 13.15

Changing perceptions of autism via YouTube

Dan Jones, YouTube video influencer

13.20 – 13.50

Raising autism awareness: How to make a real difference

Chris Bonnello, Autistic Blogger at Autistic Not Weird

13.55 – 14.25

Strategies for regulating emotion: Dealing with anxiety and anger

Katherine Uher

14.30 – 15.00

Reading fiction to improve empathy and develop social intelligence

Melissa Chapple, Student at the University of Liverpool

15.05 – 15.35

Improving relationships, learning and communication

Asia Dimitrova

15.40 – 16.10

Adjustments in the work place to assist autistic employees and their employers

Barry Royle

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