Beyond Autism Conference Focuses on New Definitions

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016

speakers The Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars presents:

Beyond Autism: What does an autism diagnosis mean?

Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016, 9.00am – 5.30pm

Venue: Friends'; Meeting House, Manchester, M2 5NS

Bookings open

Join Research Autism for a brand new conference from the Lorna Wing series, to take place in Manchester. They have some subsidised places available for people attending in a personal capacity.

About this conference

Research Autism says: 'We are increasingly forced to look at the autism diagnosis and ask what it means to the person and their family. Is it a gateway to support and services, or a label that means different things to different people with constantly shifting criteria presentation, with potential for harm as well as good?

Professor Chris Gillberg suggests that it is more accurate to talk of the ‘autisms’ - encompassing all types of neurodevelopment, and our late patron Dr Lorna Wing favoured a more flexible criteria for diagnosis.

Is it time for our thinking about autism to be revisited?

This conference sets out to explore the boundaries of autism, and the concept of autism within the broader context of neurodiversity. You will hear from expert researchers, leading practitioners, and exceptional utistic speakers. There will be opportunities for debate, and to put your question forward.

This conference will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in autism whether in a professional or personal capacity. For commissioning teams; health, social care, and education professionals; autistic people; and parents/carers.

Speakers will include:

Prof Chris Gillberg, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Ann Memmott, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism and Autism Advisor

Sami Timimi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Education in the NHS in


Kabie Brook, Chair of Autism Rights Group Highlands (ARGH)

More information at

Rates and Booking:

Professionals and paid carers:

EarlyBird: £120 (£155 after 9th September)

People on the autism spectrum and their families:

-Subsidised places (100 only, one per family/household): £20

-Friends of Research Autism: £85

-Standard rate: £95

We are delighted to have 100 subsidised places for parents/carers and people on the autism spectrum, kindly funded by The Waterloo Foundation. These places are available of a first come, first served basis, and limited to one per household/family to ensure that the maximum number of families benefit. Further places are available at the above standard rates.

To book please visit the website and fill out the online form or return the downloadable booking form. If you have any questions please email Anoushka at
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