The Hub: Theatre 1 


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

Just some of the presentations this year include: My positive approach to living with Asperger’s, Autism and ADHD; How to survive secondary school being autistic; Transitioning from an autistic teen to an autistic adult; Insights from an autistic teacher; and Masking, gaslighting, thriving and autism acceptance.

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.

10:00 - 10:15Welcome and the importance of autistic inclusionConnor Ward, User Experience Specialist at Brain in Hand
10:20 - 10:50The autism advantage - making the most of neurodivergent talent in the workplaceMichael Barton, Author, Autism Speaker, Data Analyst and Musician
10:55 - 11:25My positive approach to living with Asperger'sAlex Manners, Asperger's Champion, Author and Presenter
11:30 - 12:00Imagination/executive function: my biggest flawTom Bowes, Blogger
12:05 - 12:35Masking, gaslighting, thriving and autism acceptanceJoely Williiams (My Autistic Wings)
12:40 - 13:10How we involve the autistic community in the development of our productConnor Ward, User Experience Specialist at Brain in Hand
13:15 - 13:45The autistic adoptee - from troubled childhood to autisticly awesomeRichie Smith (Awesometistic)
13:50 - 14:20How to survive as an autistic teenagerNatasha Baiguerra, Actor, Musician and Autism Advocate
14:25 - 14:55Being an autistic teacher: my journeyHannah Freeman

15:00 - 15:30How I navigated through work life being autisticMax J Green, Autistic Actor and Activist
10:20 - 10:50Autism, accelerate the understandingDan Jones (The Aspie World)
10:55 - 11:25Four years and counting - my adult autism diagnosis storyKevin Chapman, YouTuber
11:30 - 12:00Transitioning from an autistic teen to an autistic adultFinn McGwyre, Autistic YouTuber
12:05 - 12:35It’s not about what you can’t do, it’s about what you can do!Adam Baker, Retail Assistant at Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier
12:40 - 13:10Autism and ADHD: living in a paradoxElla Tabb (Purple Ella), Autistic Consultant and Content Creator
13:15 - 13:45Insights from an autistic teacherChris Bonnello (Autistic Not Weird), Autistic Advocate, Award Winning Writer and Special Needs Tutor
13:50 - 14:20Covid from an autistic perspective
George Quinney
14:25 - 14:55Autism in the BAME communityGee Bhamra
15:00 - 15:30I was told I would never be employed because I'm autistic!Sez Francis, Autistic Content Creator
15.35 - 16.00How we involve the autistic community in the development of our productConnor Ward, User Experience Specialist at Brain in Hand

Thank you to our partners