Disorder or difference? Autistic experiences of school and beyond

Child with autismThe Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars present

Disorder or difference? Autistic experiences of school and beyond

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2012, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Venue: Friends House, London NW1



  • Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Neil Humphrey, University of Manchester
  • Dr Jacqui Jackson, Scientific Advisor to Research Autism
  • Luke Jackson, Author of Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome
  • Laurence Mitchell, Freelance Trainer
  • Dr Liz Pellicano, Institute of Education
  • Lynda Perry, Principal, Radlett Lodge School

Conference programme (PDF document) | Download Booking Form (Word document).

About this conference

A child's experience of school is critical to their future social and academic development and their wellbeing as adults. This a key issue for children with autism who may miss out on many of the usual opportunities, or whose experience of school can be traumatic or unfulfilling.

This conference brings together leading researchers, adults with autism, parents and education professionals to discuss research findings in this area and explore practical lessons as to how the school experience can be improved for children with autism.

The aims of this conference are to:

  • Explore the concept of the autism as a difference, not a disorder, and the implications
  • Understand the impact of bullying and exclusion and how to reduce it
  • Discuss recent research on the nature of friendships in children with autism
  • Discuss transition and life post school
  • Explore autism-friendly approaches to the academic and social curriculum
  • Discuss the impact of stress and anxiety on school performance, and what can be done about it

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