The Hub: Theatre 1

Listen to the experiences of autistic adults to gain direct insights into your past, present and future, in partnership with PARC.

Hub Theatre 1 Speaker

Just some of the topics covered last year included 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.

Please note that the 2018 programme is yet to be announced but you can view last year’s programme by clicking below.

Friday 30th June 2017

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, Author and Trainer

Saturday 1st July 2017

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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