Autistic people have persistent difficulties with social communication and interaction, as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviours which can be a challenge to everyday functioning. However, autism is not always well understood or recognised, and each person is likely to have different needs.
Social networks, systems and services can be especially difficult for autistic people to navigate, as they are not adapted for people who are considered ‘neurodiverse’. This can increase the risk of social exclusion from an early age and later difficulties obtaining or sustaining housing, employment, and supportive networks.
We have planned a number of talks that will take place online throughout the day. Participants are welcome to register to attend all sessions or a selection of them.
Talks will include:
- 9:30 to 11:30 Autism and homelessness: a presentation on what Autism is, the links with homelessness and the Homeless Link Autism & Homelessness Toolkit
Dr Alasdair Churchard, Clinical Psychologist and Victoria Aseervatham, Rough Sleeping Commissioning Manager, Westminster City Council
- 11:45 to 12:45 Communication and Autism: This talk will focus on common language and social communication needs of autistic adults without intellectual disabilities, how to notice communication breakdown and reasonable adjustments you can make to your practice
Heidi Keeling, Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Kavita Bhikha, Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Nottingham City Autism Service
- 13:45 to 15:15 Gender responsive understandings of Autism: A talk about Autism as it relates to women and trans people. There is recognition that autism is often under-recognised in women and an increasing awareness that autistic people are statistically more likely to be trans
Jenny Mogensen, Clinical Psychologist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Louise Clarke, Expert by Experience
- 15:30 to 16:30 Autism and substance misuse: This session will look at the relationship between Autism and substance misuse from a psychological perspective
Dr Anna Tickle, Clinical Psychologist, Framework and Opportunity Nottingham and Kyle Stringfellow, Psychology Student
Audience: This event is aimed at professionals and volunteers from all sectors who are interested in developing a better understanding of Autism and the intersections with multiple disadvantage.
Please note that an introduction to what Autism is will be included in the first talk “Autism & homelessness”. All subsequent talks are designed assuming participants have a basic understanding of Autism.
Please note that it is PDU policy that people with lived experience are invited to participate in our events.
Attendance to this event is free of charge, but advance booking is essential. The session will take place over Zoom, so please make sure you have access to this software before registering for a place.