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Autism@Manchester: Postcards from an Aspie World

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Autism@Manchester invites you to join us for an event that aims to enhance connections between the autism and research communities and to raise awareness about autism in women and girls. The event is free and open to all: autistic people, family members and friends, practitioners, academics and researchers, or anyone else with an interest in autism. For more information about the event, please contact: Kathy.Leadbitter@manchester.ac.uk

Seminar and Workshop: Postcards from an Aspie World

Hayden Larder, Helen Larder and Dan Redfearn

Mon 26th March 2018, 10:00am – 12:30pm (Registration from 9:30am; please arrive promptly)

Kanaris Lecture Theatre, The Manchester Museum

Hayden, Helen and Dan will give a presentation about their autism training resource for practitioners. The training resource is based on a series of postcards created by Hayden and her mother Helen that offer an insight from Hayden’s life as a young woman with autism (see: http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2016-03-29/autistic-womans-postcards-used-to-help-others-understand-condition/). Following the presentation, attendees will be given the opportunity to draw their own postcards documenting thoughts, emotions or struggles around all aspects of autism (but particularly the female perspective). The postcards people create will be collected at the end and used as a future resource and displayed on the Autism@Manchester website. (If you wish to keep a copy you can either take a photo on the day or copy it out again.)

We will use your email address to keep in touch with you with further event-related information before and after the event.

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Further information: Seminar and Workshop: Postcards from an Aspie World

We want to make these events as welcoming and accessible as possible to everyone, including autistic people. Here is some further information about the event. If there are any specific requirements or if you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Kathy Leadbitter on: Kathy.leadbitter@manchester.ac.uk

Location

The event is held in the Kanaris Lecture Theatre, The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.

Information about getting to The Manchester Museum by public transport or car can be found at:

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/visit/gettinghere/

From Oxford Rd, go through the archway signed "Manchester Museum". On your right you will see a courtyard with a ramp and a glass-fronted entrance. This is the way into the museum.

Accessibility and Autism-Friendly Features

Interaction with others: Interaction badges will be available for anyone who wants one. These badges include four colour-coded interaction messages to communicate to others the desired level and mode of interaction. These are:

  • Red - No initiation - Please do not initiate any interaction with me.
  • Yellow - Prior Permission - Please do not initiate unless I have already given you permission to approach me on a yellow badge.
  • Green - Please initiate - I would like to socialise, but I have difficulty initiating. Please initiate with me.
  • White (or no badge) - Neutral - I am able to regulate my own interaction.

Sensory Needs: Sensory issues, and mechanisms to reduce them, are totally acceptable. Attendees are requested not to remark on tinted glasses, ear-plugs, headphones, or any other aids. Please try to reduce distracting noises. We will keep the lights fairly dimmed and do our best to reduce any unnecessary noises or other distractions.

Autistic behaviours: Stimming (repetitive movements), echolalia, distractibility, fidgeting or moving about, different or impaired conversation skills, avoidance of eye contact, perseveration (obsessiveness), are expected and accepted. Please try to bear in mind the need for speakers / discussion participants to be heard.

Getting Help during the event: If you need any additional help during the event please approach the hosts, Emma Gowen or Kathy Leadbitter, or one of our volunteer helpers. We would all be very happy to help you. We will be wearing autism@manchester badges.



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