The Autism Matters Theatre

Hear the UK’s leading autism professionals, researchers and campaigners discussing the latest news and views on the condition in The Autism Matters Theatre in partnership with Research Autism.

Prof Francesca Happé

Just some of this year’s highlights include talks from Dr Stephen Tyler, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University; Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and lead researcher of PACT at The University of Manchester; novelist Kathy Lette and her son, Holby City actor Jules Robertson, who is on the autism spectrum; and Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP.

Prof Jonathan Green

Sound is relayed to the audience through wireless headsets to reduce noise levels in the hall.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP

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

We are currently finalising this year’s theatre programme. The full schedule will appear here next month. In the meantime, if you haven’t visited before, you can view last year’s programme below to gain a good impression of what the show has to offer.

Friday 17th June 2016

10.45 -11.25

Updates and initiatives: a round up of current issues in autism research, policy and practice

Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at The National Autistic Society

11.30 -11.50

An exclusive personal perspective

Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and father of an autistic son

12.00 - 12.45

So how does positive behaviour support improve my quality of life?

Angela Stanton-Greenwood, TCI Consultant to Cornell University, USA

12.50 - 13.25

How to choose the right autism interventions

Bernard Fleming, Information Manager at Research Autism

13.35 - 14.25

Autism and girls

Sarah Wild, Headteacher, and pupils from Limpsfield Grange School

14.35 - 15.25

The National Autism Project - cost-effectiveness in autism interventions

Dr Ian Ragan, NAP Director, Neuropharmacologist and Biomedical Consultant

15.35 - 16.35

Understanding offending behaviour in people with ASD

Dr Juli Crocombe, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in Neurodevelopmental Disorders at St Andrew's and Chair of the Advisory Board to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism

Saturday 18th June 2016

10.45 - 11.25

Updates and initiatives: a round up of current issues in autism research, policy and practice

Geoffrey Maddrell OBE, Chairman of Research Autism

11.35 - 12.25

Autism and architecture

Simon Humphreys, Autism Specialist Architect

12.35 - 13.25

From school humiliation to internationally acclaimed artist

Willard Wigan MBE, micro-sculptor on the autism spectrum

13.35 - 14.25

The top ten autism research questions according to autistic adults, families and clinicans

Dr James Cusack, Research Director at Autistica

14.35 - 15.25

Managing PDA in the workplace: difficulties, coping strategies, and opportunities

Jonathan Andrews, Autism Consultant, Future Trainee Solicitor and member of the Westminster Autism Commission

15.35 - 16.20

The Westminster Commission on Autism

Barry Sheerman MP, MP for Huddersfield and Founder of the Westminster Commission on Autism


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