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PLEASE SCROLL DOWN PAGE FOR DR DAROLD TREFFERT'S ONE-DAY ONLINE AUTISM CONFERENCE ON APRIL 29, 2014.  DR TREFFERT COINED THE TERM 'AUTISTIS SAVANT' AND WAS A CHIEF ADVISOR ON THE 1988 FILM 'RAIN MAIN'.







Please join us on the AWARES conference centre for a series of free online seminars from the Autism Research Policy Practice Hub (Autism RPP Hub).

The Autism RPP Hub (http://www.autismrpphub.org/ ) is an open access site that champions the use of research in policy and practice in the UK and beyond. It is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Welsh Government .These exciting series of launch events are being run in collaboration with the AWARES Conference Centre.

 The dates are:

 David Skuse: Developmental, Dimensional and Diagnostic Interview - 3di. Dates:  29-30 Oct. 2013

 Judith Gould: Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders - DISCO. Dates:  9-10 Jan 2014

 Ann Le Couteur: The ADI-R, Dates: 5 and 19 Feb 2014

 
You will also find a copy of the keynote paper on the Autism RPP Hub site as a 'Resource' click to follow the link

Diagnostic Interview Tools AWARES Online Conferences

 
Additionally any abstracts/open access papers associated with the keynote paper will also be a ‘Resource’ on the Autism RPP Hub.  Following on from the AWARES conference you can participate in a Discussion about each Diagnostic Interview Tool on the Autism RPP Hub

Click to follow the link Group Discussion

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One-day online autism conference with Dr Darold Treffert, April 29, 2014
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Don't miss this unique opportunity to put your questions directly to Dr Darold Treffert, who coined the term 'autistic savant' and was a chief advisor on the 1988 film 'Rain Man'.

Register on the left now to read Dr Treffert's superbly illuminating paper right away and then join in the discussions all day on April 29, 2014.

Dr Darold Treffert is the world's leading expert on the autistic savant syndrome.  He has been studying savant syndrome since he met his first savant in 1962, when he developed a Children's Unit at a hospital in Wisconsin, USA.  He maintains a very active web site on savant syndrome at www.savantsyndrome.com through the Wisconsin Medical Society and also maintains an world-wide savant registry. He has written two books on this remarkable condition: Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome (1989, and revised edition 2006) and Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant (2010).  He has also written widely in the professional and popular press as well as participating in numerous documentaries on savant syndrome.  He was a consultant to the 1988 movie Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his portrayal of an autistic savant.  Dr Treffert has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry and has been a member of the Behavioral Health Department of St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he presently continues research on autistic disorder, his life-long interest.  That interest was inspired by Dr Leo Kanner himself when a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, where Dr Treffert received both his Medical School and Psychiatric Residency training.
 




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One-day online autism conference with Anna Kennedy - extended for a second day until March 18, 2014
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Two-day free online ADI-R autism conference with Professor Ann Le Couteur
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Two-day free online ADI-R autism conference with Professor Ann Le Couteur.

Welcome to the third of a series of free online seminars from the Autism Research Policy Practice Hub (Autism RPP Hub) http://www.autismrpphub.org/
The presenter was online on AWARES on February 5 and will be online to answer questions again on February 19. This February 19 conference will take place on the Autism RPP Hub at http://www.autismrpphub.org/groups/practice/859/online-seminar-prof-ann-le-couteur-autism-diagnostic-interview-adi-r-19th-feb

The presenter in this third free event is Professor Ann Le Couteur. Ann Le Couteur is the Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust where she leads the North East Regional Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service. Her clinical and research work has focused on understanding the aetiology, assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other complex mental health disorders (such as Early Onset Bipolar Disorder) in children, young people, adults and their families/carers. She is one of the authors of the ADI-R

The Autism RPP Hub is an open-access site that champions the use of research in policy and practice in the UK and beyond. It is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Welsh Government .We are running this seminar in collaboration with the AWARES Conference Centre.

You will also find a copy of the keynote paper on the Autism RPP Hub site as a 'Resource' at You will also find a copy of the keynote paper on the Autism RPP Hub site as a 'Resource' at  http://www.autismrpphub.org/article-resource-categories/diagnostic-interview-tools-awares-online-conferences.

Additionally, any abstracts/open access papers associated with the keynote paper will also be a ‘Resource’ on the Autism RPP Hub.  Following on from the AWARES conference you can participate in a Discussion about each Diagnostic Interview Tool on the Autism RPP Hub athttp://www.autismrpphub.org/groups
 

          


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Two-day free online autism conference with Dr Judith Gould
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Welcome to the second of a series of free online seminars from the Autism Research Policy Practice Hub (Autism RPP Hub) http://www.autismrpphub.org/ 

The presenter in this second free event is Dr Judith Gould. Judith Gould is Director of The NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism.  She is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with over 35 years’ experience, specialising in autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.  Before becoming Director of the Centre she worked as a member of the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council Social Psychiatry Unit and was a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.  She has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist within both health and social services.  She has published widely in the field of autism spectrum disorders.

 

The Autism RPP Hub is an open access site that champions the use of research in policy and practice in the UK and beyond. It is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Welsh Government .We are running this seminar in collaboration with the AWARES Conference Centre.

You will also find a copy of the keynote paper on the Autism RPP Hub site as a 'Resource' at
http://www.autismrpphub.org/articles-resources/r/diagnostic-interview-tools-disco-encyclopaedia

Additionally, any abstracts/open access papers associated with the keynote paper will also be a ‘Resource’ on the Autism RPP Hub.  Following on from the AWARES conference you can participate in a Discussion about each Diagnostic Interview Tool on the Autism RPP Hub at http://www.autismrpphub.org/groups


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Autism2013 - extended until December 15, 2013
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Welcome to Autism2013, which is now open and will run from December 2 until midnight (UK time) on Friday,  December 6, 2013, twenty-four hours a day.

Please take advantage of this unprecedented chance to put your questions directly to many of the world's leading autism authorities - as well as individuals on the autism spectrum - in the Diacussion forum and to read their papers.

This is the ninth, week-long international online autism conference to be held within the AWARES conference centre. The conference is run, as every year, by myself - Adam Feinstein, Editor of Awares - and hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' pioneering National Charity for Autism.

Please let your friends, colleagues and networks know about this exciting event, which Professor Simon Baron-Cohen has called 'the finest online conference on the planet'.

The outstanding speaker list includes:

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Donna Williams
Dr Wendy Lawson
Dr Darold Treffert
Dr Manuel Casanova
Dr Emily Williams
Dr Elizabeth Laugeson
Monique Post
Dr Efrosini Kalyva 
Dr Ralph Savarese 
Carole Rutherford
Professor Andrew Cashin
Dr Tiffany Hutchins
Dr Patricia Prelock
Dr Dirk Dossche
Dr Rajesh Kana
Professor Connie Kasari
Dr Paul Ashwood
Dr Elizabeth Milne
Dr Jeffrey Deutsch
Dr Karl Reichelt
Elaine Nicholson



To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 if you join Autism Cymru (membership of Autism Cymru is free at www.autism-cymru.org) or £12 for non-members.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities 

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government 

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and become part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.











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Two-day free online autism conference with Dr David Skuse
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Welcome to the first of a series of free online seminars from the Autism Research Policy Practice Hub (Autism RPP Hub)  http://www.autismrpphub.org/ 

The presenter in the this first free event is Professor David Skuse. David Skuse is Professor of Behavioural and Brain Sciences at the Institute of Child Health,University College London, and Honorary Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. His team at Great Ormond Street Hospital provides a national clinicalservice for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Dr Skuse’s approach to research is quintessentially interdisciplinary and translational. He has been closely involved in the development of novel methodologies for the assessment of impairments in social cognitive competence, and in the identification of endophenotypes relevant to autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism RPP Hub is an open access site that champions the use of research in policy and practice in the UK and beyond. It is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Welsh Government .We are running this seminar in collaboration with the AWARES Conference Centre.

You will also find a copy of the keynote paper on the Autism RPP Hub site as a 'Resource' at http://www.autismrpphub.org/articles-resources

Additionally any abstracts/open access papers associated with the keynote paper will also be a ‘Resource’ on the Autism RPP Hub.  Following on from the AWARES conference you can participate in a Discussion about each Diagnostic Interview Tool on the Autism RPP Hub at http://www.autismrpphub.org/groups




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One-day online autism conference with Dr Wendy Lawson (extended for a second day, until October 15)
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PLEASE NOTE:  This online conference has now been extended for a second day, until the end of Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

We are delighted to announce that the latest presenter in the series of monthly one-day online autism conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism - is Dr Wendy Lawsom.

Wendy's paper will be available to read here shortlyonce you register on the left, and she herself will be online all day on Monday, October 14, 2013. Please feel free to put all your autism-related questions directly to Wendy in the discussion forum on this site. You can also, of course, exchange views with one another in the forum before Connie logs on. I very much hope you enjoy the event! Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with one of the great communicators in the world of autism. This online conference is open to everyone.

Dr Wendy Lawson Bss. Bsw (Hons) GDip (PsychStud) GDip (Psych), who has an autism spectrum disorder, is one of the best-known speakers and writers on the condition "from the inside."  Wendy is an Australian mother of four (including a son with Asperger's syndrome) and is the author of eleven books on autism. Wendy prefers the word 'diffability' to disorder and her research seeks to explore what being differently abled means in the world of neuro-diversity. Wendy obtained her PhD in Psychology at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example, our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services came into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru's Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru 'team' and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.


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One-day online autism conference with Donna Williams - extended for second day until September 21
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We are thrilled to announce that the latest presenter in the series of monthly one-day online autism conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism - is Donna Williams, one of the world's most celebrated women on the autism spectrum. PLEASE NOTE:  This online conference has now been extended for a second day, until the end of September 21, 2013.

Donna's thought-provoking paper on 'Autism and dissociative processes' is available to read here right now once you register on the left, and she herself will be online until end of play on September 21. Please feel free to put all your autism-related questions directly to Donna in the discussion forum on this site. You can also, of course, exchange views with one another in the forum before Donna logs on. I very much hope you enjoy the event! Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with one of the great communicators in the world of autism. This online conference is open to everyone.

Born in Australia in 1963, Donna Williams was eventually diagnosed as autistic in her twenties. A year after her diagnosis her international bestseller, Nobody Nowhere, was published which she followed over the years with three sequels, Somebody Somewhere, Like Colour To The Blind and Everyday Heaven. She went on to become an international public speaker and to write four textbooks:
Autism: An Inside-Out Approach, Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct, Exposure Anxiety: The Invisible Cage and The Jumbled Jigsaw as well as having a book of poetry and prose published in 2004 called Not Just Anything. She is also an accomplished sculptor, painter and composer and runs her own website www.donnawilliams.net. Together with her husband, Chris Samuel, she helped create the world's first international on-line self-employment facility for people on the autistic spectrum at www.auties.org


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example, our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services came into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru's Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru 'team' and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.


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One-day online autism conference with Dr Connie Kasari
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We are delighted to announce that the latest presenter in the series of monthly one-day online autism conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism - is Dr Connie Kasari.

Connie's brilliant paper on education is available to read here right now once you register on the left, and she herself will be online all day on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Please feel free to put all your autism-related questions directly to Connie in the discussion forum on this site. You can also, of course, exchange views with one another in the forum before Connie logs on. I very much hope you enjoy the event! Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with one of the great communicators in the world of autism. This online conference is open to everyone.

Dr Connie Kasari is Professor in the Human Development and Psychology program in UCLA's School of Education as well as Professor in the Division of Child Psychiatry. She has supervised the doctoral training of nearly 40 PhD students and the research of 15 postdoctoral fellows. Dr Kasari's research has focused on social and communicative development in typical and atypical children. She has many funded research projects involving the development of novel interventions for children with autism primarily using randomized controlled clinical trial designs.  Her work is increasingly centered in school settings with a focus on underserved, under-represented, and under-resourced populations of children with autism.  Prior to her appointment in Education, she was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr Marian Sigman, collaborating on a number of research studies on autism and Down syndrome.  Dr Kasari received her doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in child development at UCLA prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 1990.


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example, our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services came into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru's Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru 'team' and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.


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One-day online autism conference with Professor Stephen Shore - extended for a second day
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PLEASE NOTE:  I have decided to extend this online conference for a second day and I am delighted to say that Professor Stephen Shore has kindly agreed to stay on to answer your autism-related questions all day tomorrow (Friday, June 28, 2013).

We are thrlled to announce that the latest presenter in the series of monthly one-day online autism conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism - is Professor Stephen Shore. This conference is now open.

Stephen's insightful paper on bullying is available to read here right now once you register on the left, and he himself will be online all day today - Thursday, June 27, 2013 - from 1pm (UK time) - 7am US Time (East Coast). Please feel free to put all your autism-related questions directly to Stephen in the discussion forum on this site. You can also, of course, exchange views with one another in the forum before Stephen logs on. I very much hope you enjoy the event! Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with one of the great communicators in the world of autism.

Diagnosed with 'Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies' and 'too sick' for outpatient treatment, Professor Stephen Shore was recommended for institutionalisation. Non-verbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University, in Long Island, New York, where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies and the newly released DVD, Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

President emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, the Autism Services Association, and other autism-related organisations.


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example, our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services came into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru's Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru 'team' and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.



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One-day online conference with Dr Liane Holliday Willey - extended for a second day
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PLEASE NOTE:

This online conference has been extended for a second day and Liane has kindly agreed to stay on until the end of Tuesday, May 21, 2013, to answer your questions!


We are delighted to announce that the latest presenter in the series of monthly one-day online conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism - is Dr Liane Holliday Willey.

Liane's excellent new paper is available to read here right now once you register on the left, and she herself will be online all day on Monday, May 20, 2013 to answer your questions. Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with one of the great communicators in the world of autism.

Dr Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D. (www.aspie.com) is an inspirational speaker who helps her audience truly understand the importance of accepting people with differences. All her life, Liane knew she was different, but only after one of her family members was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome did Liane realize the reason behind her own differences; she too was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.  Liane spends much of her time working with horses at the equestrian facility she owns. Dr Willey has authored several internationally best-selling books all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, including Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger Syndrome (foreword by Tony Attwood), Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs, and Things in Between, and Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal and Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life. Liane has contributed to many additional books and journals, and is currently the senior editor for Autism Spectrum Quarterly. In addition to her numerous interviews on national and international television and radio, Liane's life story was an inspiration for the film Normal Folk, currently in pre-production, and the feature film, Adam, as well as the focus of the video Asperger Syndrome: Crossing the Bridge with Dr Tony Attwood. Liane believes the Asperger's syndrome community is a wonderfully rich world that is populated by some of the most interesting and incredible individuals on the planet and she is exceptionally proud to be a part of it.

To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example, our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services came into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru's Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru 'team' and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.




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One-day online conference with Professor Rita Jordan (extended for second day)
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We are thrilled that the latest presenter in the series of monthly online conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism - is Professor Rita Jordan.

Rita's excellent new paper is available to read here right now once you register on the left, and she herself will be online all day from 9am (UK time) on April 25, 2013 to answer your questions. Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with one of the truly great figures in the world of autism.

This conference is kindly sponsored by Options Group.

Professor Rita Jordan has been Professor of Autism at the University of Birmingham,in the UK, where she ran programmes of study (campus-based and by distance) for professionals and parents working with individuals with autistic spectrum disorders (including a web-based programme for carers and practitioners and a module for educational psychologists) and supervises research.  She has published numerous books and articles on autism and has been involved in training events, consultations and conferences all over the world. She has served on national and international task forces and working parties set up by governments or professional bodies to review evidence and offer advice in relation to ASDs.

To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.

Options Group is a leading provider of specialist care, education and therapy for children, young people and adults with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning disabilities and complex needs. Options Group offers a care 'pathway' that promotes choice and control, and enables people to achieve their individual potential for independence. Its 'pathway' offers pro-active and planned progression through specialist ASC services, including schools, transitions (AALPS) and community based adult residential services. Providing flexible residential, day, outreach and short break placements enables Options Group to support people in achieving their individual dreams and aspirations. Many of the children and young people attending Options Group's schools move on to its highly rated transitions services (AALPS), and then successfully on to community living.  Options Group aims to make a difference by supporting people in making choices about their lives and give them control over their futures.








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One-day online conference with Dr Olga Bogdashina - extended for a second day
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PLEASE NOTE:  This online conference as now been extended for a second day, until the evening of March 28, 2013.  Many thanks to Olga for agreeing to stay on.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Olga Bogdashina on March 27, 2013 as the latest presenter in the series of monthly online conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism. 

Olga's paper is available to read here right now once you register on the left, and she herself will be online all day from 9am (UK time) on March 27 to answer your questions. Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with Olga.

Olga Bogdashina MA Education (Autism), PhD (Linguistics) has worked extensively in the field of autism, as teacher, lecturer and researcher with particular interests in sensory perception, cognitive functioning, communication and language development in autism. Since 1994, she has been the Director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine and the President of the Ukrainian Autism Society. She is Co-founder and Programme Leader and Lecturer at the International Autism Institute, KSPU. She is a visiting lecturer at universities in Europe, presents at national and international autism conferences and is an Autism Consultant for services for children and adults. Olga has written five books in English (some translated into nine languages), and two in Russian. Olga has an adult son (25) with autism and a daughter (22) with Asperger syndrome.


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.










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One-day online conference with Charlotte Moore (extended for a second day)
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We are excited to welcome Charlotte Moore on February 27, 2013 as the latest presenter in the series of monthly online conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre, run by Autism Cymru - Wales's pioneering national charity for autism. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This conference has now been extended for a second day, until February 28, 2013.
 
Charlotte's paper will be available to read here shortly and herself will be online to answer your questions all day from 9am (UK time) on February 27 to answer your questions. Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with Charlotte.

Charlotte Moore is the author of 'George And Sam', her account of life with her autistic sons. She has also published four novels, four historical books for children, and 'Hancox-A House And A Family', a social history based on a family archive. She is a freelance journalist and has written widely about autism, and has spoken on the subject at many meetings and conferences. She lives in East Sussex with her three sons. An updated edition of 'George And Sam'- including her 'Mind The Gap' columns originally written for The Guardian - is available in Penguin paperback 

To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.










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One-day online conference with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen (extended for second day)
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This online conference is now closed for new messages. However, I will be the existing discussion posts - and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen's paper - on the site for people to read.  (Adam Feinstein)


PLEASE NOTE: I have decided to keep this online conference open until midnight (UK time) today - Sunday, February 3, 2013 - to allow Professor Simon Baron-Cohen to respond to oustanding questions.  My immense gratitude goes to Simon for agreeing to stay on.
(Adam Feinstein)


We are delighted to say that Professor Simon Baron-Cohen - one of the world's best-known and most highly respected names in autism research - has agreed to stay on for a second day, due to popular demand, until Friday, February 1, 2013. Simon is the latest presenter in our exciting series of monthly online conferences here at the Awares Conference Centre.  This conference is kindly sponsored by Options Group.
 
Simon's paper is available to read here right now once you have registered and he himself will be online until February 1 to answer your questions. Simply click on the Discussion button and take advantage of this unique chance to connect directly with one of the world's greatest living autism authorities.

Professor Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, Fellow in Experimental Psychology at Trinity College, Cambridge and Co-director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He is also Director of CLASS, the Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service.
 
He is the author of many books, including:  Mindblindness (MIT Press, 1995), Autism: The Facts (OUP, 1993), Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread (Wiley, 1999), and The Essential Difference : Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain (Penguin UK/Perseus, 2003).

He is also the author of a DVD-ROM, Mind Reading: The interactive guide to human emotions.


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.

Options Group is a leading provider of specialist care, education and therapy for children, young people and adults with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning disabilities and complex needs. Options Group offers a care 'pathway' that promotes choice and control, and enables people to achieve their individual potential for independence. Its 'pathway' offers pro-active and planned progression through specialist ASC services, including schools, transitions (AALPS) and community based adult residential services. Providing flexible residential, day, outreach and short break placements enables Options Group to support people in achieving their individual dreams and aspirations. Many of the children and young people attending Options Group's schools move on to its highly rated transitions services (AALPS), and then successfully on to community living.  Options Group aims to make a difference by supporting people in making choices about their lives and give them control over their futures.









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One-day online conference with Theo Peeters and Hilde De Clercq - extended for a second day until December 18
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THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN - AND HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR A SECOND DAY, UNTIL THE EVENING OF TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012

We are thrilled to welcome two of the world's leading autism authorities, Theo Peeters and Hilde De Clercq, all day from 9am (UK time) on December 17, 2012 - as the latest presenters in our exciting series of monthly online conferences here on the Awares Conference Centre.  Theo and Hilde's papers are available to read here once you have registered and they will be online all day on December 17 to answer your questions.

Theo Peeters graduated in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Louvain and gained his Masters in Neurolinguistics from the University of Brussels. He acquired a second Masters in Human Communication. from the University of London. He studied the psycho-educational approach to autism at the TEACCH headquarters, University of North Carolina, in the USA. In 1981, he founded the Opleidingscentrum Autisme (Centre for Training) in Antwerp. He was asked by the Belgium Ministry of Education to offer training to teachers and para-medical staff for the first official 'Experiment in Autism in Special Education' in 1985. He has been responsible with his colleagues for autism training in most European countries and also outside Europe (Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina etc). He has published many articles and six books on autism in Dutch. A few have been translated into many different languages. The special focus of the Opleidingscentrum is on 'understanding autism from within'. emphasising meaning and trying to understand autism through the eyes of people with autism. This ethical point of departure is symbolized by the iceberg philosophy'. For more information, see www.theopeeters.be


After Hilde De Clercq had her son with autism, Thomas, she started  work at the parents' society in Flanders as a trainer for parents. In 1994, she began work as a Parent-Professional (and Professional Parent) at the Opleidingscentrum (Centre for Training in Autism in Antwerp. She has been jointly responsible for practical and theoretical training in autism. She has worked at the Opleidingscentrum Autisme for almost 20 years and has both national and international experience as a speaker and trainer in autism. She gives conferences on several subjects, but mostly on 'Autism from Within', explaining the specific cognitive style of people with autism and its influence on all aspects of daily life.  Other topics are communication, high-functioning people with autism and individuals with Asperger's syndrome, relationships and sexuality, autism as a specific culture, parent-professional collaboration, parent training, developing a 'plan for life' for people with autism, sensibilisation of society, etc. She has experience in including people with autism in her training. She has been involved in training and seminars in most European countries as well as outside Europe.  Her book on detailed thinking ('lack of Central Coherence') in autism, Mum, is that a human being or an animal?, has been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Hungarian, Greek and Czech. Another book, Autism from Within: A Handbook, has been published in Dutch, English, Swedish , Spanish, Polish and Italian.  A French version is expected by the beginning of 2013. This book  describes the 'pervasive' characteristics of autism in all kinds of daily life situations: development of play, eating and sleeping problems, tidiness, self -help skills, development of communication, emotional development, sexuality and relationships. The book contains many practical tips for professionals and parents. She is an international Associate Editor of Good Autism Practice, edited by Glenys Jones and Hugh Morgan in partnership with the University of Birmingham (UK) and Wales's National Charity for Autism, Autism Cymru. 



To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities 

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government 

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.












Conference Diary
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Autism 2012
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Welcome to Autism2012, which is now open and will run from November 19 until midnight (UK time) on Sunday  December 9, 2012, twenty-four hours a day.

PLEASE NOTE:  This conference has been extended again, for a final week, until December 9, due to public demand.

Please take advantage of this unprecedented chance to put your questions directly to more than sixty of the world's leading autism authorities - as well as individuals on the autism spectrum - and to read their papers.

This is the eighth, week-long international online autism conference to be held within the AWARES conference centre. The conference is run, as every year, by myself - Adam Feinstein, Editor of Awares - and hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism. The 2012 conference lasts for a week from November 19 to 23, 2012. Yet again, an unprecedented list of more than sixty of the world's leading autism authorities - as well as individuals on the autism spectrum - have agreed to take part, giving you a unique opportunity to put your questions directly to them online in the Discussion forum. 

Please let your friends, colleagues and networks know about this exciting event, which Professor Simon Baron-Cohen has called 'the finest online conference on the planet'.

The outstanding speaker list includes:

Donna Williams
Dr Wendy Lawson
Tito Mukhopadhyay
Jacqui Jackson
Kathy Lette
Lucy Hawking
Jesse Saperstein
Dr Darold Treffert
Merry Barua
Professor Stephen Shore
Dr Manuel Casanova
Dr Emily Williams
Dennis Debbaudt
Dr William Mandy
Dr Elizabeth Laugeson
Monique Post
Dr Efrosini Kalyva
Dr Marlene Behrmann 
Dr Ralph Savarese 
Dr Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska
Dr Roberto Canitano  
Carole Rutherford
Professor Andrew Cashin
Dr Tiffany Hutchins
Dr Patricia Prelock
Dr Dirk Dossche
Dr Rajesh Kana
Dr Antonio Hardan
Dr Lucina Uddin
Dr Lisa Wiggins
Dr Connie Kasari
Dr Paul Ashwood
Dr Elizabeth Milne
Dr Susanne Bejerot
Dr Jeffrey Deutsch
Dr Martine Delfos
Dr Penny Spikins
Dr Karl Reichelt
Arman Khodaei
Ian Jordan
Elaine Nicholson
Dr Noah Sasson
Dan Hall
Chloe Carter
Jamie Knight






The conference will include the following topics:


Autism and the Brain
Genetics
Asperger's syndrome
Language issues in autism
Sensory issues
First-hand experiences - Voices from the Spectrum
Education
Biomarkers - and biomedical approaches
Immunology
Services
Behavioural issues
Parents' perspectives
Concepts of autism
Psychology
Emotional issues
Screening and diagnosis
Employment
Communication methods
Other theories of autism
Savant syndrome
Sexuality issues
Socialising difficulties in autism
Autism in adolescents
Adults with autism
Ageing and autism
Care issues
Prevalence
Related conditions


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 if you join Autism Cymru (membership of Autism Cymru is free at www.autism-cymru.org) or £12 for non-members.


For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities 

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government 

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and become part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.












Conference Diary
Now Open
One-day online autism conference with Professor Uta Frith
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Many thanks to Professor Uta Frith for her many illuminating answers to your questions!

PLEASE NOTE:  Although Uta cannot stay on to reply to any more questions, I am leaving the discussion forum open over this weekend until Sunday evening (October 28, 2012) to allow delegates to continue to exchange views with one another. You can read all Uta's responses here, as well. I will also be leaving Uta's excellent paper online on this site. 

Adam Feinstein



This online conference is now open!

We were delighted to welcome Professor Uta Frith, one of the world's leading autism authorities, on October 25, 2012 - as the latest presenter in our exciting series of monthly online conferences here on the Awares Conference Centre.  Uta's paper is available to read here once you have registered and she was online all day from 9am (UK time) today to answer your questions.Many thanks to all those who took advantage of this unique opportunity.

Uta Frith - who divides her time between University College London and the University of Aarhus in Denmark - has pioneered much of the current research in autism and dyslexia and has written several books on these conditions. Her 2003 book, Autism: Explaining the Enigma, has been translated into many languages. In 1991, her own translation into English of Hans Asperger's celebrated 1944 paper made waves around the globe. Uta's research initiated the current representation of a theory of mind deficit in autism. She has also suggested that individuals with autism have "weak central coherence" and are better than typical individuals at processing details but worse at integrating information from many different sources. Throughout her career, she has been developing a neuro-cognitive approach to developmental disorders. In particular, she has investigated specific cognitive processes and their failure in autism and dyslexia. Her aim is to discover the underlying cognitive causes of these disorders and to link them to behavioural symptoms as well as to brain systems. She aims to make this research relevant to the education of people with development disorders and to contribute to a better quality of their everyday life. Uta was made an honorary Dame of the British Empire for services to clinical science in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours.


To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is entirely free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities 

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government 

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.













Conference Diary
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One-day online autism seminar with Carol Gray
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PLEASE NOTE:  THIS ONLINE CONFERENCE WITH CAROL GRAY IS NOW CLOSED, BUT I AM LEAVING CAROL'S PAPER AND THE EXISTING DISCUSSION MESSAGES ONLINE ON THIS SITE FOR PEOPLE TO VIEW.


Welcome to the latest in our exciting monthly series of one-day online conferences on www.awares.org/conferences  in 2012 run by Autism Cymru - Wales’s National Charity for Autism - and featuring an outstanding line-up of many of the world's leading autism authorities. 

This latest conference - which is now open - is sponsored by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  We are delighted to say that you will have the unique opportunity to put your questions directly to Carol Gray, inventor of the celebrated Social Stories. Simply click on the Discussion button to enter the forum. In response to popular request, Carol has kindly agreed to return to answer questions this Thursday (September 20, 2012) between 12 noon and 3pm UK time.  I have decided to keep the discussions open all through this week, to allow delegates to exchange views with one another. Carol's paper is also available to read here right now once you have registered. Simply click on the Discussion button to join the debate. Feel free to put your questions directly to Carol, as well as to exchange views with other delegates from all over the world.

Since entries can take up to a day to show up on the system, please register right now to make sure you can take part in the discussions.

Carol is the President of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding in Grand Rapids, a non-profit organisation serving people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those working on their behalf.  She is an internationally respected author and speaker with over 20 years' experience as a teacher and consultant working on behalf of children and adults with ASD.  In 1991, Carol developed Social Stories™, a strategy used worldwide with children with ASD.  She has published several articles, chapters and books on topics related to the education and welfare of people with ASD, addressing challenging issues ranging from how to teach social understanding and social skills, bullying, death and dying, and loss, learning and people with ASD. Carol and The Gray Center have also been working in collaboration with Mark Shelley and the Specialminds Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to develop Storymovies™ and co-ordinating materials.  Carol is the recipient of the Barbara Lipinski Award for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with ASD.

To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12.00 for non-members. (Membership of Autism Cymru is free at www.autism-cymru.org). Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities 

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government 

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and be part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.












Conference Diary
Now Open
One-day online autism seminar with Professor Gary Mesibov
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THIS ONLINE CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSED FOR NEW MESSAGES - BUT THE EXISTING DISCUSSION POSTS AND PROFESSOR GARY MESIBOV'S PAPER WILL REMAIN ON THE SITE FOR PEOPLE TO VIEW. MANY, MANY THANKS TO GARY FOR HIS SUPERB CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DISCUSSIONS AND FOR KINDLY AGREEING TO STAY ON INTO THE SECOND MORNING.  THANKS, ALSO, TO ALL OF YOU WHO TOOK PART IN THE LIVELY AND STIMULATING EXCHANGES OF VIEWS.



Gary - director (until 2010) of Division TEACCH in North Carolina - is one of the top authorities on the planet in education and support for children and adults with autism. TEACCH’s internationally recognised programme has a pioneering approach to service, treatment, training, research and the education of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

This was the first in a series of monthly one-day online seminars on www.awares.org/conferences  in 2012 (featuring an outstanding line-up of figures from the world of autism) to be run by Autism Cymru, Wales’s National Charity for Autism. To cover our costs, we are charging an entry fee of just £5 for members of Autism Cymru or £12.00 for non-members. Fees are paid when you initially register for this one-day online seminar.  Remember that this provides you with the opportunity to raise your questions with many of the world's leading autism authorities.

For further details about this and all other Awares online autism conferences, please contact myself, Adam Feinstein, at:   adam@autismcymru.org

 
BECOME A MEMBER

We take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of Autism Cymru. Membership is free for individuals.

The benefits of becoming a member include:

·         Receive updates/newsletters on the Charity’s activities 

·         Advance notification of training, conferences and other events

·         Reduced fees for admission to conferences, seminars, training (both face to face and on-line)

·         The opportunity to contribute to the charity by giving your views about the future direction taken by the charity

·         Information on government policy for ASD in Wales and throughout the UK

·         Good practice examples

·         Useful urls – youtube clips, research information including activity updates from the forthcoming Autism Policy/Research/Practice ‘Hub’ in the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, which is being developed in collaboration with Autism Cymru and the Welsh Government 

To become a member of Autism Cymru, simply go to www.autism-cymru.org and fill out the application form there.

Please send completed applications to member@autismcymru.org

Why join Autism Cymru?

Autism Cymru is the indigenous national autism charity for Wales which, in 2001, first created the concept and then encouraged the Welsh Government to establish the world’s first national autism Strategy. We also initiated and led the partnership which brought about the Wales Autism Research Centre in Cardiff University and the UK’s first named professorial chair in autism. Together, these two initiatives alone have brought in over £12 million of new and ring-fenced funding for autism in Wales from government and research bodies over the past few years.  Most of this funding of course has gone into Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to establish an infrastructure for autism and to deliver services and into research into autism. For a small Welsh charity we have achieved amazing influence and impact.

Since 2004, the charity has run the Wales Autism International Conference in Cardiff and from 2006 the annual Awares on-line conference for autism. We have provided training to over 550 schools in Wales. As a member of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, we work closely with our partners in Scottish Autism, Autism Northern Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Our work also takes place on an international stage and with European partners including Autism-Europe.  For example our 2009-12 European funded Deis Cyfle project (Opportunities for people with autism in education and employment) reached out to over 5,700 people across Wales and Ireland. We work extensively with the emergency services in Wales, with our Attention Card operated by all four Welsh Police Forces, and further very significant developments across the emergency services will come into place during 2012.

The charity is also the sole national autism charity governed by those living in Wales. Autism Cymru’s Chair is Professor Bill Fraser CBE, Patron Lord Dafydd Wigley and President, Dame Stephanie Shirley.  In spite of its massive achievements, the charity has small staffing numbers, no administrative staff and relies upon skilled and experienced trustees and staff to deliver its highly influential and effective programme of activities. All our staff have extensive experience of working directly people with autism and their families.

We therefore now invite you to join the Autism Cymru ‘team’ and become part of this Welsh success story by becoming a member of the charity.













Conference Diary
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Autism2011
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This online conference closed for new discussions on November 18, 2011, but I have left the presenters' papers and the existing discussion messages on the site. Autism2011 was the seventh international online conference to be held within the AWARES conference centre. The conference was run, as every year, by myself - Adam Feinstein, Editor of Awares, Adam Feinstein - and hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism. The 2011 conference opened on Monday, November 7, 2011 and was extended, due to popular demand. Yet again, an unprecedented list of the world's top autism authorities agreed to take part giving you a unique opportunity to put your questions directly to them online in the Discussion forum.

The speaker list included:

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Professor Rita Jordan
Professor Gary Mesibov
Dr Darold Treffert
Dr Cheryl Dissanayake
Jesse Saperstein
Dr Mayada Elsabbagh
Dr Rosa Hoekstra
Dr William Mandy
Dr Valerie Hu
Dr Ginny Russell
Dr Dirk Dhossche
Dr Christine Ecker
Dr Elizabeth Laugeson
Dr Annelies de Bildt
Dr Kinga Morsanyi
Dr Susanne Bejerot
Dr Alison Lane
Dr Rebecca Schmidt
Dr Rajesh Kana
Dr Benjamin Brown
Dr Noah Sasson
Dr Lisa Wiggins
Dr David Saldaña
Dr Efrosini Kalyva
Dr Christos Nikopoulos
Dr Tiffany Hutchins
Dr Patricia Prelock
Dr Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska
Dr Karl Reichelt
Professor Liane Holliday Willey
Professor Stephen Shore
Dr Jeffrey Deutsch
Merry Barua
Dr Manuel Casanova
Dr Annelies Spek
Jennie Cox
Luci Rose
Dr Paul Ashwood
Dr Sophieke Koolen
Elaine Nicholson
Dr Ted Hutman
Dr Connie Kasari
Dr Roger Jou
Dr James McPartland
Dr Nira Marshal
Dr Katie Maras
Alaine Reshke-Hernandez
Dr Karen Harpster
Diane M. Kennedy



The conference included the following topics:


Autism and the Brain
Genetics
Asperger's syndrome
Language issues in autism
Sensory issues
First-hand experiences - Voices from the Spectrum
Education
Biomarkers - and biomedical approaches
Immunology
Services
Behavioural issues
Parents' perspectives
Concepts of autism
Psychology
Emotional issues
Screening and diagnosis
Employment
Communication methods
Other theories of autism
Savant syndrome
Sexuality issues
Socialising difficulties in autism
Autism in adolescents
Adults with autism
Ageing and autism
Care issues
Prevalence
Related conditions




Conference Diary
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Focus group forum
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This is the mini-forum for the Focus Group which officially opens for discussions on Monday, September 19, 2011.  However, I have already put three papers on this site, and these can be read by all delegates right away. To access these, please register and confirm that you have done this in an e-mail to me.  To get to the Discussion area, simply click on 'Discussion'.  I will be leaving the discussions open for the whole of the week beginning September 19, to allow as many Focus Group members as possible to join in the discussions.   Best wishes, Adam Feinstein

Conference Diary
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Autism2010
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Due to popular demand, I have decided to extend Autism2010 again for a final week, until 11.30 pm (British time) on December 5, 2010. Join in the discussions right now! Autism2010 is the sixth international online conference to be held within the AWARES conference centre. The conference is run by the Editor of Awares, Adam Feinstein, and hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism. Yet again, an unprecedented list of the world's top autism authorities has agreed to take part and you have a unique opportunity to put your questions directly to them online in the Discussion forum. In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small minimum entry fee of 5 UK pounds. This is payable when you register. If at all possible, please do supply a name or an e-mail address when you donate, as this will make your access to the conference much quicker. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.


Speaker list includes*:

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Professor Rita Jordan
Professor Gary Mesibov
Professor Linda Pring
Dr Peter Mundy
Donna Williams
Dr Wendy Lawson
Jesse Saperstein
Professor Liane Holliday Willey
Professor Stephen Shore
Dr Jeffrey Deutsch
Merry Barua
Sue Larkey
Pam Angel
Dr Manuel Casanova
Dr Darold Treffert
Dr Connie Kasari
Dr Elizabeth Laugeson
Dr Pamela Heaton
Dr Roberto Tuchman
Dr Bertram Ploog
Dr Paul Ashwood
Dr Melissa Allen Preissler
Dr Isabelle Soulières
Dr David Saldaña
Dr Efrosini Kalyva
Dr Margaret Semrud-Clikeman
Dr Catherine Jones
Dr Kinga Morsanyi
Dr Timothy Roberts
Dr Suzy Scherf
Dr Anastasia Kokina
Dr Eynat Gal
Dr Julie Lounds Taylor
Dr Maureen Durkin
Dr Michel Odent
Dr Rinat Gold
Dr Gabriella Rundblad
Dr Nick Riches
Dr Edith Bavin
Carole Rutherford
Dr Silvia Lakatosova (Kelemenova)
Dr Hjördis Osk Atladottir
Dr Valerie Volkert
Dr Dubravka Hranilovic
Dr Elizabeth Laugeson
Dr Hilgo Bruining
Dr Kirstin Greaves Lord
Dr Thomas Nickl-Jockshat     
Dr Cooper Woodard
Dr Jan Zwickel
Dr David Williams
Dr Ginny Russell
Chloe Jordan
Dr Dirk Dhossche
Dr Catherine Ames


The conference will include the following topics:


Autism and the Brain
Genetics
Asperger's syndrome 
Language issues in autism
Sensory issues
First-hand experiences - Voices from the Spectrum
Education 
Biomedical approaches
Immunology
Services
Behavioural issues
Parents' perspectives
Concepts of autism
Psychology
Emotional issues
Screening and diagnosis 
Education
Communication methods
Other theories of autism
Savant syndrome
Sexuality issues
Socialising difficulties in autism
Autism in adolescents
Adults with autism
Care issues
Related conditions


* Current November 2010 - register for updates.

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Autism2009
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This conference is now closed for new discussion messages. However, the speakers' papers and the existing discussion messages will remain accessible for several months to come.

Autism2009 is the fifth online world conference to be held within the AWARES conference centre. The conference is run by the Editor of Awares, Adam Feinstein, and hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism. Yet again, an unprecedented list of the world's top autism authorities has agreed to take part and you have a unique opportunity to put your questions directly to them online in the Discussion forum. In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small minimum entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.

This conference opened on Monday, November 30, 2009, and has was extended twice until Friday December 18, 2009, due to popular demand, to allow as many people as possible to read the papers, put questions to the speakers and exchange views with thousands of delegates in the Discussion forum.

Speaker list includes*:

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Donna Williams
Dr Susan Folstein
Dr Gary Mesibov
Professor Susan Leekam
Dr Wendy Lawson
Dr Manuel Casanova
Stephen Shore
Thorkil Sonne
Dr Connie Kasari
Dr Dirk Dhossche
Dr Wendy Kates
Dr Darold Treffert
Dr George Anderson
Dr Pamela Heaton
Professor Stuart Murray
Dr Paul Ashwood
Dr Susanne Bejerot
Dr Tom Loucas
Dr Annelies de Bildt
David Saldaña
Dr Naomi Swiezy
Dr Marjorie Solomon
Dr Sara Jane Webb
Dr Alison Lane
Dr Stephen Bent
Dr Melissa Allen Preissler
Dr Lucina Uddin
Dr Mary E. Stewart
Dr Costanza Colombi
Dr Sam Gilbert
Dr Nena Adams
Dr Atsushi Senju
Qazi Fazli Azeem
Dr Christel Depienne
Dr Amanda Ludlow
Dr Sigan Hartley
Dr George Anderson
Marlene Briciet Lauritsen
Dr Elizabeth Sheppard
Dr Lisa Wiggins
Dr Tato Sokhadze
Dr Matthew Mosconi
Dr Antonio Hardan
Dr Benjamin Yerys
Dr Peter Enticott
Dr Sophie Lind
Dr Valerie Hu
Dr Ted Hutman
Dr Kenneth Phelps
Dr Sally Clifford
Dr Louisa Silva
Dr Michele Noterdaeme
Dr Cheryl Dissanayake
Josephine Barbaro
Emily Williams
Dr Karl Reichelt
Dr Efrosini Kalyva
Dr Karen Bopp
Ruth Peters Lehm


 

The conference will cover the following topics:


Autism and the Brain
Genetics
Asperger's syndrome 
Language issues in autism
Sensory issues
First-hand experiences - Voices from the Spectrum
Education 
Biomedical approaches
Immunology
Services
Behavioural issues
Parents' perspective
Concepts of autism
Psychology
Emotional issues
Screening and diagnosis 
Education
Communication methods
Other theories of autism
Savant syndrome
Sexuality issues
Socialising difficulties in autism
Autism in adolescents
Adults with autism
Care issues
Related conditions

* Current October 2009 - register for updates.


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Autism2008
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Welcome to Autism2008, the fourth online world conference to run within the AWARES conference centre, hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism. Yet again, an unprecedented list of the world's top autism authorities has agreed to take part. In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.

This conference has been extended for another week, until 11.59pm UK time on Friday, December 5, 2008. After the conference closes, the discussion messages and all the speakers' papers will remain accessible on this site.

Speaker list includes*:

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Dr Gary Mesibov
Dr Susan Folstein
Dr John Constantino
Donna Williams 
Stephen Shore
Carol Gray
Qazi Fazli Azeem
Dr Pamela Heaton
Dr Amanda Ludlow
Dr Manuel Casanova
Dr Glenys Jones
Dr Dawn Wimpory
Dr Darold Treffert
Dennis Debbaudt
Carole Rutherford
Nuala and Dale Gardiner
Dr Karl Reichelt
Susanne Bejerot
Dr Efrosini Kaklyva
Elena Orekhova
Dr Lee Wachtel
Dr Dirk Dhossche
Dr Giacomo Vivanti
Dr Nils Brose
Dr Rodney Dietert
Dr Sophie van Rijn
Dr Mayada Elsabagh
Chantal Sicile-Kira
Elaine Nicholson
Jeff Sell
Dr Annie Tyhurst
Dr Giacomo Vivanti
Dr Cheryl Dissanayake
Dr Thomas Owley
Dr Paul Ashwood
Dr Roberto Canitano
Dr Satu Salaasti
Dr Michael Brimacombe
Dr Angelica Ronald
Marta Macedoni-Luksic
Dr Janine Lasalle
Dr Tony Wigram
Dr Christos Nikopoulous
Dr Angelique Kotsopoulou
Dr Jon Brock
Dr Olav Skille
Dr Chris Jarrold
Dr Elizabeth Laugeson
Sebastian Dern
Dr Laura Anchisi
Dr Lena Nylander


 

The conference will cover the following topics:


Autism and the Brain
Genetics
Asperger's syndrome 
Language issues in autism
Sensory issues
First-hand experiences - Voices from the Spectrum
Education 
Biomedical approaches
Immunology
Services
Behavioural issues
Parents' perspective
Concepts of autism
Psychology
Emotional issues
Screening and diagnosis 
Education
Communication methods
Other theories of autism
Savant syndrome
Services
Socialising difficulties in autism
Autism in adolescents
Adults with autism
Autism and the emergency services 
Related conditions

* Current November 2008 - register for updates.


Conference Diary
Live from 1 Oct 2008 until 2 Oct 2008
Online autism seminar with Dr Darold Treffert (extended for second day)
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In the fifth of our series of one-day online autism seminars on Awares in 2008, we are delighted to welcome Dr Darold Treffert, the world's leading authority on autistic savants.

He has been studying the savant syndrome since he met his first savant in 1962, when he developed a Children's Unit at a hospital in Wisconsin, USA.  He is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and on the staff of the Behavioural Health Department of St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  He maintains a very active web site on savant syndrome at www.savantsyndrome.com through the Wisconsin Medical Society.  He is also author of Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome (1989), the first comprehensive book on the condition, and has participated in numerous documentaries on savant syndrome and autistic disorder.

He was a consultant on the 1988  movie, Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his portrayal of an autistic savant.

The seminar has been extended for a second day and will now run until midnight British time (GMT) tonight, Thursday, October 2, 2008.

Don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to put your questions to Darold Treffert.

In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.


Conference Diary
Live from 5 Jun 2008 until 7 Jun 2008
Online autism seminar with Phil Christie (extended for second day)
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In the fourth of our series of one-day online autism seminars on Awares in 2008, we are delighted to welcome Phil Christie, a leading world educationalist in the field of autism, who is presenting a paper on early intervention but is happy to answer questions about many different aspects of educating autistic individuals.

The seminar opened at 12.01am British time on June 5, 2008, and has now been extended for a second day until 11.59pm on June 6, 2008.

Don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to put your questions to Phil Christie.

In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.


Conference Diary
Live from 6 May 2008 until 7 May 2008
Online autism seminar with Wendy Lawson (extended for second day)
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In the third of our series of one-day online autism seminars on Awares in 2008, we are delighted to welcome Wendy Lawson, another of the world's most famous and insightful writers with autism.  Anyone who was lucky enough to catch Wendy's workshop at Autism Cymru's third International Conference in Cardiff last month will know that she is a hugely entertaining and illuminating speaker.

Wendy Lawson (Bss. Bsw(Hons) GDip(PsychStud) GDip(Psych), who has an autism spectrum disorder, is one of the best-known speakers and writers on the condition 'from the inside.'  Wendy is an Australian mother of four (including a son with Asperger's syndrome) and is the author of seven books on autism. Wendy prefers the word ‘diffability’ to disorder and her research seeks to explore what being differently abled means in the world of neuro-diversity. Currently, Wendy is working towards her PhD in Psychology with Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

Don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to put your questions to Wendy on May 6, 2008.

In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.

The seminar will open at 7am British time on May 6, 2008, to allow delegates from overseas to enter their questions. It has been extended for a second day and will now run until 11.59pm GMT on May 7, 2008.


Conference Diary
Live from 16 Apr 2008 until 17 Apr 2008
Online autism seminar with Donna Williams (extended for second day)
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In the second of our series of one-day online autism seminars on Awares in 2008, we are delighted to welcome Donna Williams, one of the world's most celebrated and articulate writers with autism.

Born in Australia in 1963, Donna was eventually diagnosed as autistic in her twenties. A year after her diagnosis, her international bestseller, Nobody Nowhere, was published which she followed over the years with three sequels, Somebody Somewhere, Like Colour To The Blind and Everyday Heaven. She went on to become an international public speaker and to write four textbooks: Autism: An Inside-Out Approach, Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct, Exposure Anxiety; The Invisible Cage and The Jumbled Jigsaw, as well as having a book of poetry and prose published in 2004 called Not Just Anything. She is also an accomplished sculptor, painter and composer.

Don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to put your questions to Donna on April 16, 2008.

In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.

The seminar will open at 12.01am British time on April 16, 2008, to allow delegates from overseas to enter their questions, and has now been extended for a second day. It will run until 11.59pm GMT on April 17, 2008.


Conference Diary
Live from 13 Mar 2008 until 15 Mar 2008
Online autism seminar with Dr Lorna Wing (extended for second day)
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We have a wonderful start to our series of one-day online autism seminars on Awares in 2008. The first guest is the world's greatest living expert on autism, Dr Lorna Wing.  She was the woman who invented the concepts of the autistic spectrum and the Triad of Impairments and coined the term Asperger's syndrome. 

Don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to put your questions to the finest autism authority on the planet on March 14-15, 2008.

In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.

The seminar will open at 12.01am British time on March 14, 2008, to allow delegates from overseas to enter their questions, and it has now been extended for a second day until 11.59pm British time on March 15. 


Conference Diary
Live from 26 Nov 2007 until 18 Jan 2008
Autism2007
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Welcome to Autism2007, the third online world conference to run within the AWARES conference centre, hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism. This year, the conference has been kindly part-sponsored by Autism Speaks UK. Autism2007 gives you direct access to experts from all over the world. This year's conference promises to be the most impressive yet, with an unprecedented list of the world's top autism authorities agreeing to take part. In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small entry fee of £3. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online.

Speaker list includes*:

  • Dr Lorna Wing
  • Professor Rita Jordan
  • Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Professor Anthony Bailey
  • Dr Gary Mesibov
  • Dr Susan Folstein
  • Dr Darold Treffert
  • Donna Williams 
  • Wendy Lawson 
  • Theo Peeters
  • Hilde de Clerq 
  • Carol Gray
  • Dr Dermot Bowler
  • Professor Robert DeLong
  • Dr Connie Kasari
  • Dr Gene Blatt
  • Dr Manuel Casanova
  • Professor Michael Fitzgerald
  • Dr Nils Brose
  • Dr Peter Enticott
  • Dr Dawn Wimpory
  • Dr Rajesh Kana 
  • Dr Mary Konstantareas
  • Gillian Stanley
  • Wendy Keay-Bright  
  • Dennis Debbaudt
  • James Graham
  • Nicholas Graham
  • Carole Rutherford
  • Dr Pat Levitt
  • Michelle Dawson
  • Dr Antonio Hardan
  • Dr Karl Reichelt
  • Susanne Bejerot
  • Dr Aage Miller
  • Dr Bernard Crespi
  • Dr Christopher Badcock
  • Dr Anneli Kylliainen
  • Dr Letitia Naigles
  • Dr Susan Levy
  • Dr Mary Konstantareas
  • Dr Tullia Lepisto
  • Dr Kylie Gray
  • Dr Marlene Behrmann
  • Ash Nayate
  • Dr Silvana Batista Gaino
  • Dr Umberto Balattin
  • Eric Chen
  • Dr Robyn Young

The conference will cover the following topics:

Asperger's syndrome

  • Autism and the Brain
  • Genetics
  • Asperger's syndrome 
  • Language issues in autism
  • Sensory issues
  • First-hand experiences - Voices from the Spectrum
  • Education 
  • Biomedical approaches
  • Services
  • Behavioural issues
  • Parents' perspective
  • Concepts of autism
  • Psychology
  • Emotional issues
  • Screening and diagnosis 
  • Education
  • Communication methods
  • Other theories of autism
  • Savant syndrome
  • Services
  • Socialising difficulties in autism
  • Autism in adolescents
  • Adults with autism
  • Autism and the emergency services 
  • Related conditions

* Current November 2007 - register for updates.


Conference Diary
Live from 4 Oct 2006 until 10 Nov 2006
Autism2006
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Autism2006, the second online conference to run within the AWARES conference centre, hosted by Autism Cymru, was an overwhelming success. More than 10,000 people were online, making it the largest conference of its kind anywhere in the world. It provided unique direct access to experts from all over the world. You can still gain access to the papers although the discussion forums are now closed. Autism2007 (below) promises to be even more impressive, with an unprecedented line-up of world autism authorities presenting papers and ready, from November 26, 2007, to respond to your questions. We look forward to "seeing" you there.


Conference Diary
Live from 1 Oct 2005 until 11 Nov 2005
Autism2005
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Autism2005, our first online conference, was a great success. You can still gain access to the papers although the discussion forums are now closed. Autism2006 (below) has a great quality line-up and we look forward to "seeing" you there.