My Family and Autism

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

My Family and Autism

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Date: Thursday 21 May 2015, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Venue: Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2NQ

Booking Form (Word document) | Book Online | Email events@researchautism.net

About this conference

Autism does not only affect individuals, but families as a whole. Research often focuses on the way that autism affects the individual child or adult but often does so in isolation and without regard for the wider impact.

This conference focuses on the whole family - what is the impact? How can the outlook and quality of life be improved for the person with autism as well as parents/carers and siblings?

Topics to be explored will include the experience of caregivers both (positive and negative), accessing support, dealing with stress, and navigating everyday life. Attendees will benefit from hearing experts in the field including individuals with autism, parents and caregivers, researchers and practitioners.

This conference would benefit professionals from health, care, education, and local authorities. Parents/carers and people with autism should also attend.

** Professor Daniel Mills took part in a pre-conference online Q&A 'Pet Dogs and Children with Autism', you can read the transcript here. **

Chaired by:

  • Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism and member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on challenging behaviour
  • Janis Sharp, Author, and Mother to Gary McKinnon who has Asperger syndrome and faced extradition for hacking US government computers


  • Dr Carole Buckley, GP and RCGP Clinical Champion for Autism
  • Jonathan Hanna, autism speaker and young adult with Asperger syndrome
  • Prof Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, University of Lincoln, working with Dogs for the Disabled
  • Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, GP (retired), medical author, and father of a son with autism
  • Dr Rosemary Tozer, research fellow (retired), and family carer
  • Caroline Hearst, autism trainer and mother, with Asperger syndrome

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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:

  • Standard rate: £105
  • Friends of Research Autism: £95

(We were delighted to have 100 subsidised places for parents/carers and people with autism, kindly funded by the City of London. These places are now all booked and remaining spaces are available at the above rates.)

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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.


Holborn Bars is an inspiring central London venue, located just next to Chancery Lane tube station. It is also a short walk from Farringdon station.

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

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