Autism in Women and Girls: Reassessing the Landscape

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Autism in Women and Girls: Reassessing the Landscape

Date: Thursday 6 March, 2014, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Venue: Senate House, London WC1E

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About this conference

In February 2010, on the advice of trustee Dr Lorna Wing, Research Autism ran the first conference in the UK addressing the issue of autism in women and girls. The conference, Chaired by Dr Wing was entitled Autism in Women and Girls: implications for diagnosis, education, services, support and quality of life , and brought together eminent researchers, practitioners and women with autism to discuss issues of specific concern and interest.

Since that conference, the autism landscape has continued to evolve and develop. The launch of Adult Autism Strategies in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales; the development of the NICE guidelines on identification, diagnosis and management of children, young people and adults with autism; and the publication of A Future Made Together, the most comprehensive analysis of autism research and views in the UK to date, have all served to keep autism at the top of the agenda. The initial conference was also the springboard for an EU funded programme looking at the needs and quality of life of women on the autism spectrum across Europe. This project, called 'Autism in Pink' will complete in May 2014.

But has the landscaped really changed for autistic women and girls and if it has - how?

On 6 March 2014, during the week that marks International Women's Day, Research Autism will be revisiting the issue in the latest in our Lorna Wing conference series, Autism in women and girls: reassessing the landscape. In particular, we will be focusing on how, if at all, things have changed. Is there now better recognition? Are services more aware of and sensitive to their needs? Are outcomes in terms of education, health and wellbeing improving?


Speakers will include:

  • Professor Marie Harder, an adult with Asperger syndrome and author of 'Illustrated Glimpses of Aspergers for Friends and Colleague'
  • Sarah Wild, Headteacher of Limpsfield Grange, a Surrey day and residential school for girls with autism
  • Richard Mills, Lead Researcher, and Sylvia Kenyon, Researcher, Autism in Pink Project and National Autistic Society
  • Terry Brugha, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Leicester
  • Laufey Gunnarsdottir, Autism Consultant, The State Diagnostic and Counseling Centre in Iceland

Attendees will be presented with research findings; gain insight through sharing of personal experiences, and be given the opportunity to put their questions forward to the experts.


  • EarlyBird: £145 (standard rate after 24.01.14 £165)
  • EarlyBird; Friends of Research Autism: £130.50 (standard rate after 24.01.14 £148.50)
  • People on the autism spectrum, parents and carers: £115 (standard rate)
  • People on the autism spectrum, parents and carers; Friends of Research Autism: £105

Waterloo Foundation *Thanks to the support of the Waterloo Foundation we were delighted to once again offer 100 subsidised places to people with autism and those who care for a person with autism in a personal capacity (such as parents, partners and siblings). Regrettably all of those subsidised have now gone. Further places for those personally affected by autism will be available at £115, or £105 to Friends of Research Autism


Senate House is an iconic building in the heart of London and home to the University of London's library, world famous for its Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research collections.

The venue is conveniently located a short walk from Russell Square, Goodge Street and Euston Square tube stations. It is close to historical attractions such as the British Museum and British Library, plus the theatres, restaurants, shops and hotels of the nearby West End. Senate House is a fully accessible building.

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