The Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars presents:
Beyond Autism: What does an autism diagnosis mean?
Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Manchester M2 5NS
Download the programme here
We are increasingly forced to look at the autism diagnosis and ask what it means to the person and their family. Is it a gateway to support and services, or a label that means different things to different people with constantly shifting criteria presentation, with potential for harm as well as good? Professor Chris Gillberg suggests that it is more accurate to talk of the ‘autisms’ - encompassing all types of neurodevelopment, and our late patron Dr Lorna Wing favoured a more flexible criteria for diagnosis. Is it time for our thinking about autism to be revisited?
This conference sets out to explore the boundaries of autism, and the concept of autism within the broader context of neurodiversity. You will hear from expert researchers, leading practitioners, and exceptional autistic speakers. There will be opportunities for debate, and to put your question forward.
This conference will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in autism whether in a professional or personal capacity.
**You can read the transcript from the recent online Q&A with speaker Sami Timimi here.**
Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism
Dowload the full programme here.