Coffee Morning With Cos Michael (Autism & Ageing)

Coffee Morning With Cos Michael (Autism & Ageing)

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Monthly Coffee Morning with Cos Michael (Founder of Autism Age)

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Online sessions for autistic adults and those who support them.

Sessions free for autistic adults supported by The Three Guineas Trust.

Cos Michael

Cos had her autism diagnosis aged 50 and advocates for more knowledge about autism and ageing. She spent several years leading the NAS Autism and Ageing workstream, winning the Autism Professionals Award for Outstanding Adult Services, 2014.

Cos is often invited to speak in public, presenting on ageing in the UK and internationally, including to the UNCPD. She spent some years as a consultant on the Autism Spectrum, Adulthood and Ageing project: and researcher on Improving the Health of Older Autistic People project, both in Newcastle, as well as working on research in Edinburgh and London.

Published work includes “Is Being Othered a Co-Occurring Condition of Autism?” Autism in Adulthood (2021), "Why we need research about autism and ageing" Autism (2016) and "Listen to the experts: autistic adults tell us what they need", Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life. Ed: Scott Wright (2016)

Cos has worked at the BBC, the National Sound Archive and in the theatre. She has a BSc Social Anthropology.

Follow Cos - https://twitter.com/autismage

Why study autism and ageing? From NAS website

Initially understood as a childhood disorder, autism is now known to be lifelong with comparable prevalence rates throughout the lifespan (Brugha et al, 2011). However, research has mostly focused on autism in childhood, while studies of autism in older age are very limited (Howlin and Moss, 2012; Mukaetova-Ladinska et al, 2012). Given an ageing population and increasing diagnosis rates (King and Bearman, 2009), it is important to investigate the outcomes and experiences of older autistic adults.

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