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Scottish Autism


Autism Europe Congress Success
Scottish Autism has had nine posters and presentations accepted for the Autism Europe Congress in Edinburgh in September. The presentations come from services across the organisation and are authored by a range of practitioners, service users, and organisational partners. Topics range from post-diagnostic support to running social enterprises, developing resources for women and girls to creative arts and drama. We look forward to sharing experiences with professionals from across Europe and to learning from all the other presentations and keynotes at the conference.
Uncertain Futures project begins work
Scottish Autism has partnered with our colleagues at Research Autism to support research into planning for the future and dealing with uncertainties for autistic adults. The work is undertaken by a team from Newcastle University led by Dr Jacqui Rodgers and includes autistic individuals and parents on the research team. We welcomed the team to Scottish Autism in April to run preliminary focus groups in order to establish the needs and aspirations of adults in dealing with future uncertainties.
Project to support school non-attendance receives funding
Scottish Autism and North Lanarkshire Council’s education department have received funding to provide intensive support for autistic young people that currently refuse to attend school, or are at risk of non-attendance. Autism Advisors will work with Home and School Partnership Officers to improve autism profiling and better understand reasons for non-attendance before creating individual programmes of support. The research team at Scottish Autism will work to capture and evaluate the experience of the project.
Online Support Programme for Women and Girls
Funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Autism will shortly be launching a new online support programme for women and girls. The programme provides valuable information addressing key health and wellbeing challenges, as well as providing practical advice on a range of issues. We have engaged with women and girls from the autism community and we have drawn on the expertise of a network of professionals to develop a range of videos and other support materials.


INSAR 2016 Summer Institute: Familial Aspects of Autism
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is hosting a free series of six weekly online seminars on selected topics related to familial aspects of autism. The seminars will run every Thursday from June 23rd to July 28th, and will cover a variety of topics on autism and the family, from sex differences to family interventions, to the broader autism phenotype.
The presentations are designed for students, post-doctoral fellows, and other early-career investigators interested in autism research. Clinicians and established researchers who want to get a snapshot of the current state of science in topics outside their area of expertise may also find these sessions of value.
Visit for more program details. Registration is free and available worldwide.
XI Autism-Europe International Congress
The Autism-Europe Congress will take place on 16-18 September 2016 in the city of Edinburgh.
The theme of the 2016 Congress is ‘Happy, Healthy and Empowered’. The Congress will focus on the most recent developments across the field of autism, including causes, genetics, diagnosis, early intervention, treatments, education, support, employment, rights and policies, and many more. It will also cover the evolution of knowledge, rights and services for autistic people, as well as providing insight into future developments in knowledge and technologies for autistic people that may soon become a part of everyday life.
Autism-Europe’s international congresses are dedicated to sharing advances in practical and scientific knowledge about autism to as wide an audience as possible, including researchers, professionals, parents and self-advocates.
For more information and to register visit the National Autistic Society.
Scottish Learning Festival
21 and 22 September
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Glasgow
For more information visit the Education Scotland website.
Autism Network Scotland
Autism Network Scotland provides reliable and impartial information that connects and communicates with individuals on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers, and practitioners working in the field of autism. 
For forthcoming events across Scotland, please visit the Autism Network Scotland website