Creating an Autism Friendly World

Creating an Autism Friendly World

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Date: Wednesday 8 July 2015, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Venue: London South Bank University, London, SE1 6LN (nearest tube Elephant & Castle)

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About this conference

The term 'autism - friendly' is used increasingly but what does it mean?

TConference photohis conference will explore the concept of 'autism friendliness' and its importance, giving practical examples from research and practice on how this can be achieved. Highlights will include autistic perspectives and expert speakers from the world of architecture, education and higher education, employment, health and autism research.

The conference will be of interest to autistic people and their families and to all involved in their education and support. It will be of particular interest to regulators, retailers, architects and surveyors, health, education and higher education and social care professionals and those from advocacy, legal and the criminal justice system.

Chaired by:

  • Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism and member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on challenging behaviour
  • Deepa Korea, Chief Executive, Research Autism


  • Simon Humphreys is an autism-specialist Architect. Simon also has personal experience of autism, having lived for many years with his late brother Mark
  • Dr Chris Ashwin is a Lecturer in Psychology at University of Bath and is part of the team who deliver their Autism Summer School initiative
  • Dr Jacqui Jackson is an Autism Consultant and mother of eight children, five of whom are on the autism spectrum
  • David Perkins is Director of AS Mentoring, a specialist employment support service for people with autism
  • Helen Ellis is a young adult with Asperger syndrome involved in many research and advisory groups
  • Dr Nicki Martin is Principal Lecturer and Head of Research at London South Bank University, and is currently leading a mentoring project for young people with autism

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Attendees will be presented with research findings; gain insight through sharing of personal experiences, and be given the opportunity to put their questions forward to the experts.


Professionals and paid carers:

  • Standard rate: £165
  • Friends of Research Autism*: £148.50

People with autism, parents and carers:

We are delighted to have 100 subsidised places for parents/carers and people with autism, kindly funded by the City of London. 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 standard rates:

  • Subsidised rate: £10 (100 only; one per family/household)
  • Standard rate: £105
  • Friends of Research Autism: £95

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*Find out how to become a Friend of Research Autism and about the other benefits this scheme offers by clicking here.


Keyworth Centre, London South Bank Centre, is a short walk from Elephant and Castle tube and rail stations.

The venue is a fully accessible building, and Research Autism will provide a quiet room.

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