The Hub: Theatre 1

Listen to the experiences of autistic adults to gain direct insights into your past, present and future, in partnership with PARC.

Hub Theatre 1 Speaker

Just some of the topics covered last year included strategies for regulating emotion; how social media positively affects autistic communication; autistic girls; diagnosis in adulthood; and understanding severe self-stimulation.

The Hub: Theatre 1 has a seating capacity of 80 and sound is relayed to the audience through wireless headsets to reduce sound levels in the hall.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.

Please note that the 2018 programme is yet to be announced but you can view last year’s programme by clicking below.

Friday 23rd June 2017

10.25 – 10.55

How social media positively affects autistic communication

Connor Ward

11.00 – 11.30

Autism, music and mathematics: How being autistic helped me to become an accomplished musician

Michael Barton, Author of It's Raining Cats and Dogs and A Different Kettle of Fish

11.35 – 12.05

Autistic girls: Strategies for success

Lana Grant, Author of From Here to Maternity

12.10 – 12.40

The importance of a trusting, empathetic relationship and the challenges involved

Tessa Morton

12.45 - 13.15

Understanding severe self-stimulation and self-injury through sensory needs assessment

Sara Heath, CEO of Autonomy and Autonomy Plus

13.20 – 13.50

Identifying the barriers to employment and how they might be overcome

Dr Ross Cooper, Chair of Achievability

13.55 – 14.25

Making employment law work for you

Becca Lamont Jiggins, Just Reasonable

14.30 – 15.00

The benefits of late diagnosis: Self-awareness and self-acceptance

Brian Bird, Autistic blogger at Asperger’s, A Lighter Shade of Blue

15.05 – 15.35

Why autistic girls hide their true selves and how you can help

Amanda Hind

15.40 - 16.10

The different obstacles autistic people face when accessing healthcare and the steps needed for change

Craig Kennady, Member of the Westminster Commission on Autism

Saturday 24th June 2017

10.25 – 10.55

Autistic girls: Strategies for success

Lana Grant, Author of From Here to Maternity

11.00 - 11.30

How to be successful and achieve your goals: From being unemployed and in residential care to working full-time and living independently

Edward Manning

11.35 – 12.05

Diagnosis in adulthood: The advantages and disadvantages

Ronnie Pinder

12.10 – 12.40

Problems with imagination?: Executive functioning explained

Tom Bowes, Autistic Genius

12.45 - 13.15

Strategies for regulating emotion: Dealing with anxiety and anger

Katherine Uher

13.20 - 13.50

How an autistic person can learn social skills and develop self awareness

Dee McAlinden, Author of Downloading Grey Thinking

13.55 – 14.25

Autistic people using social media: How to make best use of them and how to avoid the pitfalls

Victoria Honeybourne, Senior Advisory Teacher, Trainer and Author

14.30 - 15.00

Raising autism awareness: How to make a real difference

Chris Bonnello, Autistic Blogger at Autistic Not Weird

15.05 - 15.35

How the NHS and Local Authorities can better serve the autistic community

Peter Baimbridge, Salford Autism

15.40 - 16.10

Improving relationships, learning and communication

Asia Dimitrova


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