Joe Powell will be answering your questions in our live online Q&A, Friday 8 April 2016, 12.30pm (GMT).
Joe Powell is the National Director of All Wales People First, a self-advocacy/human rights based National Umbrella organisation, which represents the political views of the members of People First groups across Wales, all of whom have learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions.
Joe was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 20. He lived in autism care institutions for eleven years during a time when he suffered from extreme mental health difficulties, which included being non-verbal for eleven years. Joe both witnessed and practiced challenging behaviours in his time in social care and he believes that many challenging behaviours are caused by and exacerbated by the culture of the care system and outdated practices and attitudes towards working with people with autism.
Joe is a campaigner and advocate for people with learning disabilities.
Joe will be speaking at our upcoming half-day seminar Practical Strategies for Dealing with Stress in Autism, taking place on Monday 6 June.
If you have a question for Joe join us live on Friday 8 April. You can also email us in advance with your question: Anoushka Pattenden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply visit this page again on Friday 8 April 2016, 12.30-1.30pm GMT. You will see the Q&A taking place in the window below. You can choose to follow the conversation without interacting, or submit a question to Joe using the comments box (which you will see below once the event is live).
Please note your question will not immediately appear in the conversation. We will monitor questions as they come in and publish as appropriate. There may not be time to answer them all but we will try our best.
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If you have any questions about the event please email Anoushka Pattenden via email@example.com
You will be able to read an alternative version of the transcript of the discusion from Monday 11 April 2015.
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Please note: the views expressed by Joe are personal views and do not necessarily represent the views of Research Autism.