A national conference organised by Research Autism
Keynote Speaker: Rt. Hon David Cameron, MP, Leader of the Opposition
Date and time: Thursday 16th July 2009 - from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: Church House Conference Centre, Assembly Hall, Dean's Yard, Westminster SW1P 3NZ
The aims of the conference are to explore why the outcomes are so poor for adults with autism in the UK and to identify appropriate solutions to this problem.
The conference will take place following the release of The National Audit Office (NAO) report which was commissioned to explore the problems and challenges of supporting adults with autism.
The aim of that report was to assess current service provision in areas including: health, social care, education, benefits and employment support. It identified how these areas could be made more effective, efficient and appropriate to the needs of adults with autism and their carers.
The specific aims of this conference are to:
This conference will appeal to a wide variety of audiences including:
In order to ensure a representative balance from these different groups, we will aim at reserving a set number of places for each group.
Autism is a developmental condition arising out of brain differences affecting over 500,000 children and adults in the UK. The symptoms of autism vary considerably but always affect instinctive social behaviour and communication. This can lead to severe stress, isolation and a failure to achieve academic and other potential. The causes of autism are not known. Genetic factors are important. There are a host of treatments and other interventions but very few have been evaluated and even fewer are effective.
Research Autism is the only research charity with a sole focus on interventions in autism. We were established as an independent charity with the support of the National Autistic Society to address concerns of its members about the dearth of high quality scientific research in this area. With Cambridge University as our research sponsor, we have enlisted some of the most eminent figures from the world of autism to work with us; they give of their time for free. Our web based information service, through which we disseminate research findings, attracts over 25,000 visitors a month, demonstrating the demand for impartial information on the effectiveness of autism treatments.
Research Autism is committed to a programme of research that will improve quality of life and support social inclusion. Projects under development or underway include:
The findings of these projects will make a significant difference to our understanding of the scale and nature of the issues, and what needs to be done to make social inclusion a reality for those affected by autism.
We are extremely grateful to the Peter Cruddas Foundation, registered charity number 1117323, which kindly sponsored this event.