The Hub: Theatre 1

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

Hub Theatre 1 speaker

Just some of the topics covered include surviving at school, succeeding at work; teaching autistic girls: insights of an autistic teacher; challenging assumptions about therapy; and hope for the family.

Hub Theatre 1 speaker

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.

We are currently finalising this year’s theatre programme. The full schedule will appear here next month. In the meantime, if you haven’t visited before, you can view last year’s programme below to gain a good impression of what the show has to offer.

Friday 1st July 2016

10.10 - 10.20

Welcome and introduction

Adam Sutcliffe-Brown and Russell Stronach from Autistic UK

10.25 – 10.55

Yoga4Autism – how to unleash your full potential

David Ellams

11.00 – 11.30

Using echolalia to improve socialisation

Tom Bowes, Autistic Genius

11.35 – 12.05

The BBC Neurodiversity Project: how employers must think smarter about employees who think differently

Leena Haque, BBC Neurodiversity Lead, and Sean Gilroy

12.10 – 12.40

Being reborn: diagnosis in later life

Peter Street, award-winning poet and recipient of the Royal Literary Fund

12.45 - 13.15

Autism and the Third Gender: are autistic people more open to exploring gender identity?

Lydia Andal, Managing Editor of The New Idealist and author of “'Am I Autistic? A Guide to Autism & Asperger's Self-Diagnosis for Adults”

13.20 – 13.50

Nursing with neurodivergency: why the care industry needs autistic workers

Jules Akers, Care Manager

13.55 – 14.25

Circus skills: the pros and cons of Asperger’s and Tourette’s

David Unger

14.30 – 15.00

Pregnancy and motherhood from an autistic perspective

Lana Grant, author of “From Here to Maternity”

15.05 – 15.35

Using fiction to develop social intelligence

Melissa Chapple

15.40 - 16.10

Mind the gap: a report into inequalities in health and social care access for autistic adults

Sara Heath, CEO of Autonomy and Autonomy Plus

16.15 - 16.45

Autism from a neurodivergency perspective

Russell Stronach, Secretary of Autistic UK

Saturday 2nd July 2016

10.10 - 10.20

Welcome and introduction

Adam Sutcliffe-Brown and Russell Stronach from Autistic UK

10.15 – 10.45

Making information autistic friendly: more accessible print and digital media

Luke Alyward

10.50 - 11.20

“The Turbulence of Paper Aeroplanes”: autistic girls and romantic attachments

Kate Green

11.25 – 11.55

Attitudes to autisticness: starting from a different place

Adam Sutcliffe-Brown

12.00 – 12.30

My childhood with applied behavioural analysis (ABA)

Alex Lowery, author of "Thinking Club - a filmstrip of my life as a person with autism"

12.35 - 13.05

The triad of empowerment

Willow Holloway, The Autistic Women’s Empowerment Project and Board Member of Disability Wales

13.10 - 13.40

Autism and Minecraft: how one Minecraft server changed the lives of thousands of autistic children and adults worldwide

Laura Wheale (TheHemikoWay)

14.20 – 14.50

Autistics doing it for themselves: participation in academic research

Peter Baimbridge, Salford Autism and Tom Bleazard, Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research at the University of Manchester

14.55 – 15.25

Allies to the neurodiversity movement: a revolutionary perspective on how we think about people who think differently

Olivia Astrid Pountney

15.30 - 16.00

I've got a stat for you: how a love of sporting statistics helped me attain my dream job, a social life and friends

Andrew Edwards, author of "I've Got a Stat For You: My Life With Autism", as featured on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme


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