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; 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.

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

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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