The Hub: Theatre 1

Listen to the experiences of adults on the autism spectrum to gain direct insights into your past, present and future.

Hub Theatre 1 Speaker

Just some of the topics covered include strategies for regulating emotion; finding meaning in the world of work; autistic girls; navigating relationships and parenthood; diagnosis in adulthood; and how social media positively affects autistic communication.

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.

Friday 16th June 2017

10.25 – 10.55

Making employment law work for you

Becca Lamont Jiggins, Just Reasonable

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

Identifying the barriers to employment and how they might be overcome

Dr Ross Cooper, Chair of AchieveAbility

12.10 - 12.40

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

Dee McAlinden, Author of Downloading Grey Thinking

12.45 - 13.15

Managing menstruation: The Pill, sanitary products and sensory issues

Robyn Steward, Author of The Independent Woman’s Handbook to Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum

13.20 – 13.50

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

Amanda Hind

13.55 – 14.25

Finding meaning in the world of work

Ryan Tebbit, Person Centred Therapist

14.30 – 15.00

Navigating relationships and parenthood

Sasha Latham, Qualified One to One and Couples Counsellor

15.05 – 15.35

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

Craig Kennady, Member of the Westminster Commission on Autism

15.40 - 16.10

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

Brian Bird, Autistic Blogger at Asperger's, A Lighter Shade of Blue and father to two autistic sons

16.15 - 16.45

Know your normal: Mental health in young autistic adults

Joe Champion, Sam Ahern, Joshua Mussard and Jasmine Bigden, Ambitious
About Autism Youth Patrons

Saturday 17th June 2017

10.25 - 10.55

How we set up a self-help

Sadie Campbell, Inaspectrum Self-Help Group

11.00 – 11.30

Childhood to adulthood with high and low-functioning sons

Denis Deasy

11.35 – 12.05

How social media positively affects autistic communication

Connor Ward

12.10 – 12.40

Autistic girls: Strategies for success

Lana Grant, Author of From Here to Maternity

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

Strategies for regulating emotion: Dealing with anxiety and anger

Katherine Uher

13.55 – 14.25

Raising autism awareness: How to make a real difference

Chris Bonnello, Autistic Blogger at Autistic Not Weird

14.30 - 15.00

Art therapy as a
coping mechanism

Patrick Samuel, Artist with Asperger syndrome

15.05 – 15.35

Problems with imagination?: Executive functioning explained

Tom Bowes, Autistic Genius

15.40 – 16.10

Reading fiction to improve empathy and develop social intelligence

Melissa Chapple, Student at the University of Liverpool


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