The Hub: Theatre 1 

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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; Why masking can make autistic people vulnerable; How to survive as an autistic teenager; Insights from an autistic teacher; An autism friendly guide to periods; An introduction to sensory differences; The benefits of late diagnosis: self-awareness and self-acceptance; and The “invisible” Black female’s perspective.

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.

TimeTitleSpeaker
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 workplace
Michael Barton, Author, Autism Speaker, Data Analyst and Musician
10:55 - 11:25My positive approach to living with Asperger'sAlex Manners, Autistic Speaker and Author
11:30 - 12:00How I navigated through work life being autisticMax J Green, Autistic Actor and Activist
12:05 - 12:35The benefits of late diagnosis: self-awareness and self-acceptanceBrian Bird, Writer and Blogger
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 "invisible" Black female’s perspectiveLauren Fernandez
13:50 - 14:20Dealing with your own sensory challengesLaurence Mitchell, Ambassador for the Older Adult with Asperger’s, Author and Speaker
14:25 - 14:55Why masking can make autistic people vulnerableChristine Lion, Author
15:00 - 15:30Being autistic and transgender - my experienceCasper Dawson, Autistic YouTuber
15:35 - 16:05How to survive as an autistic teenagerNatasha Baiguerra, Actor, Musician and Autism Advocate
TimeTitleSpeaker
10:20 - 10:50I was told I’d never be employed because I'm autistic!
Sez Francis, Autistic Content Creator
10:55 - 11:25
Four years and counting - my adult autism diagnosis story
Kevin Chapman, YouTuber
11:30 - 12:00Autism and media - sharing and harnessing autistic talent
Tony Rudd, VIBE Radio Manager
12:05 - 12:35
Masking, 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 - 13:45Insights from an autistic teacherChris Bonnello (Autistic Not Weird), Autistic Advocate, Award Winning Writer and Special Needs Tutor
13:50 - 14:20An autism friendly guide to periodsRobyn Steward, Autism Trainer and Author
14:25 - 14:55An introduction to sensory differencesGeorgia Harper and Sam Ahern, Channel 4’s “Are You Autistic?” Presenters
15:00 - 15:30
Autistic bereavement: balancing autistic need with grief
Connor Ward, Autistic Speaker, Consultant and Vlogger

Thank you to our partners