The Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars present
Computers and Autism - A Blessing or a Curse?
Date: Thursday 24 November 2011 | Venue: Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London | Chair: Dr Lorna Wing
Cost: £225, Early Bird booking before 31 October £175, limited places for individuals with autism and their carers £100
Rapid advances in computer technology offer unprecedented opportunities for individuals with autism to develop a range of social and communications skills. Computers are known to play to the strengths shown by many individuals on the autism spectrum and it is no real surprise that many are exceptionally competent and comfortable in their use.
But do we yet know enough about this technology, and what the potential uses and the possible adverse effects might be? We know from recent high profile cases that the use of computers and social networking sites has caused individuals with Asperger syndrome to come into contact with the law through misuse or they have been exploited or abused.
Is this a positive breakthrough or does the use of interactive software also carry with it the risk of exploitation of non-verbal individuals such as that seen with Facilitated Communication? What are the implications and what should be the safeguards?
This important conference will explore the full range of implications of the technology, its uses and possible misuses and the huge number of ethical and practical considerations that such a powerful medium demands.
The conference will be of interest to individuals with autism, parents, speech and language and communication specialists, teachers, academics and researchers, social care professionals, mental health professionals, the IT and related industries, advocates and legal professionals, criminal justice professionals including the police.