Beyond Autism: What does an autism diagnosis mean?

Beyond Autism logoThe 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

Book Online | Booking Form (Word document) | Email events@researchautism.net

Download the programme here

About this conference

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.**

Speakers to include:

  • Professor Chris Gillberg, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ann Memmott, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, and Autism Advisor
  • Sami Timimi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Education in the NHS in Lincolnshire
  • Kabie Brook, Chair of Autism Rights Group Highlands (ARGH)
  • Dr Caroline Bond, Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester and Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology
  • Francesca Cannas, Civil Servant, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and ADHD.

Chris Gillberg Ann Memmott Sami Timimi Kabie Brook Caroline Bond Francesca Cannas

Chaired by:

Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism

Dowload the full programme here.


Professionals and paid carers:

  • Standard rate: £155
  • Friends of Research Autism: £140

People with autism, parents and carers:

We are delighted to have 100 subsidised places for parents/carers and people on the autism spectrum, kindly funded by The Waterloo Foundation. These places are available of a first come, first served basis. Further places are available at standard rates:

  • Subsidised rate: £20 (100 only)
  • Standard rate: £95
  • Friends of Research Autism*: £85

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*Find out how to become a Friend of Research Autism and about the other benefits this scheme offers by clicking here.

Book Online | Booking Form (Word document) | Email events@researchautism.net


Friends Meeting HouseFriends' Meeting House offers a peaceful and relaxing space in the heart of Manchester city centre. It is approximately 15 minutes from Manchester Victoria or Piccadilly stations on foot, with several busses stopping near the meeting house.

The venue is fully accessible and Research Autism will provide a quiet room.

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