Online event: learning from autistic perspectives


The ACER team warmly invite you to take part in an online event on 7th November 2017, from 7 – 9 pm. If you are an autism researcher, a practitioner in the field, a family member of an autistic person, if you are autistic, or not autistic, and simply want to discuss autism for whatever reason, then this is the event for you. ACER have lined up three experienced autistic researchers and speakers in the field– Sarah Hendrickx, Wenn Lawson and Damian Milton – to share their ideas and respond to questions and comments from anyone who wants to take part. And as it is an online event, it is completely free, open to all, without the hassle, expense and problems of accessibility that travelling to conferences might bring.

How can I take part?

There are two parts to this event: you can do both, or just one of them – it’s your choice.

  1. From 3rd November 2017, you will be able to access presentations by Sarah, Wenn and Damian. You can listen to/view these at any time after they have been uploaded onto the website.
  2. On 7th November 2017, between 7 and 9pm, the three speakers will be available as an online panel. They will respond to questions put to them in advance, as well as those submitted during the time of the panel. You will be able to access this, from 7pm on 7th November, via the same website.

How do I ask questions or make comments?

There are two ways in which you can ask questions of the speakers:

  1. In advance, by email, using the following email address:

Questions will be grouped into themes and the speakers will consider them in this way.

2. During the online discussion on 7th November, using the chat function. (Information and links on the website).

(Please note that ACER expect this to be a very popular event, and Sarah, Wenn and Damian will endeavour to respond to as many questions as possible, but cannot guarantee that they can answer all of the questions put to them.)

What are the themes of the event?

The overall theme of the event is ‘learning from autistic perspectives’. It is based on the idea that we can only understand autism by listening to and understanding the perspectives of autistic people. Each of the presenters will cover a distinct theme in their presentations which will be uploaded before the event on 7th November.

hendrickx-sarahSarah Hendrickx will discuss the importance of building on the strengths of autistic people.

WennDr Wenn Lawson will consider issues concerning autism and gender.

Damian 1Dr Damian Milton will tackle the question of how to include autistic stakeholders.

(Bios of the speakers are also available on the website).

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017. Details of other events at the University of Birmingham can be found here.

Post by Becky Wood.

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