News and Events
Charlene’s New Role
Our Deputy Chief Executive, Charlene Tait, has been commissioned by the Scottish Government as a key adviser on a series of projects aimed at improving the support available for autistic people and their families. Charlene will serve in this new role whilst continuing with her current responsibilities with us.
A key aspect of the role involves engaging directly with autistic people in the development of these projects, to ensure they encompass their own ‘real life’ lived experiences.
Knowledge Share – Happiness and Positive Living
13th June, New Struan School, Alloa
Autistic people have not always been best served by a deficit view of autism. Scottish Autism seeks to develop services that recognise and build on strengths and skills. At this event we will share practice around one of life’s most important aspects, happiness. We will consider how we can enable supported autistic people to have joyful and fulfilling lives.
Book your place at www.scottishautism.org/knowledgeshare
Autism and Mental Health:Continuum and Boundary Approaches
Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology in partnership with Scottish Autism
13th June from 10am - 3pm, Violet Laidlaw Room,
Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, Edinburgh
This interdisciplinary seminar will build on the success of the 2018 ‘Autism, Anthropology and Lived Experience’ symposium jointly hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology and Scottish Autism. The seminar will explore where autism and mental health paradigms form a continuum and where they might be bounded in diagnostic categories, support provision and contemporary discourse. The event will give voice to lived experience and take an interdisciplinary approach. We will ask what a critical engagement between anthropology and other disciplines might produce in understanding this relationship.
You can sign up for the event here: https://bit.ly/2HvmPZr.
Autism Europe Congress
13th – 15th September, Congress Centre, Nice Acropolis, France
Autism-Europe’s 12th International Congress will take place in Nice, France, hosted by Autism-Europe member, Autisme France. The theme of the 12th edition of the Congress is “A new dynamic for change and inclusion”. More than over 1,500 delegates are expected to attend this three-day event.
Find out more and register at www.autismeurope-congress2019.com
Innovation in Autism Practice: The Future is Here
14th November, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Scottish Autism is pleased to announce a further one-day conference which seeks to explore how our evolving understanding of autism, can and should, influence service provision. We will place autistic perspectives and experiences at the heart of these discussions. We are delighted to welcome autistic keynote speakers including Sarah Hendrickx, Dean Beadle and Damian Milton as well as acclaimed keynotes such as Dr James Barrett.
This conference will be of interest to any professional who seeks to develop their practice in keeping with current thinking. Autistic people, parents and carers will find an event where they are welcome and their perspectives are valued. Register your interest at
Scottish Learning Festival
25th – 26th September, Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow
We will be attending this year’s event with information and advice on autism, come and visit us at stand D90. For more information visit:www.slfexhibition.com