8th International Autism Conference 2014: Communication - The Key to Success

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  • This con­fer­ence is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ven­ture between Belle Vue House Assess­ment Cen­tre and Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity. It attracts a wide audi­ence every year; over 300 del­e­gates attended in 2013. The 2014 Edi­tion will take place on June 20, 2014 in Orm­skirk, United King­dom at the Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity and car­ries the main theme “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion — the Key to Suc­cess”.

    If you are a rel­a­tive or pro­fes­sional liv­ing or work­ing with a young per­son who is diag­nosed with Autism you will know that the bar­ri­ers within edu­ca­tion, employ­ment, and social sit­u­a­tions are sig­nif­i­cant. The impact that the com­plex­i­ties of Autism has upon life sit­u­a­tions is very real.

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a key fac­tor in address­ing the needs of young peo­ple with Autism and by address­ing this issue, win­dows of oppor­tu­nity are opened, enabling young peo­ple to progress, in terms of fur­ther­ing their edu­ca­tion and employ­ment options, by improv­ing self-​esteem and con­fi­dence or sim­ply by offer­ing an oppor­tu­nity to feel included in soci­ety, to feel val­ued and understood.

    Keynote Speakers

    Pro­fes­sor Tem­ple Grandin

    Tem­ple Grandin is inar­guably the most accom­plished and well known adult with Autism in the world. She hasn’t let Autism pre­vent her from liv­ing life to the full and has helped to rede­fine the per­cep­tion of what is pos­si­ble for peo­ple with Autism. Tem­ple has been fea­tured in major tele­vi­sion pro­grammes and national pub­li­ca­tions and is a promi­nent author and speaker on the sub­ject of Autism. She presently works as an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at Col­orado State Uni­ver­sity. Her lat­est book is enti­tled ‘The Autis­tic Brain – think­ing across the spectrum’.

    Saskia Baron – Sib­ling and TV Pro­ducer, ‘The Autism Puzzle’

    Saskia Baron is a doc­u­men­tary maker and jour­nal­ist. She is also the younger sis­ter of Tim­o­thy, an Autis­tic man with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, now in his 50s. Her father Michael Baron was one of the found­ing par­ents of the National Autis­tic Soci­ety in 1962 and con­tin­ues to cam­paign for the rights and improved sup­port of adults with Autism. Saskia’s films include ‘The Autism Puz­zle’, made for the BBC in 2003; she is work­ing (slowly) on other Autism-​related projects.

    Dr. Peter Ver­meulen – Lec­turer and Con­sul­tant, Autisme Cen­traal, Ghent, Belgium

    Peter Ver­meulen, PhD has a Mas­ter in Psy­chol­ogy and Ped­a­gog­i­cal Sci­ences at the Uni­ver­sity of Leu­ven, Bel­gium (1985) and PhD in Social Sci­ences at the Uni­ver­sity of Lei­den, The Nether­lands (2002).

    From 1987 until 1998 he worked for the Flem­ish Autism Asso­ci­a­tion, first as home trainer for fam­i­lies with a child with Autism, later as direc­tor of the home train­ing cen­tre and finally as trainer/​lecturer. Since 1998 he has been work­ing as Autism consultant/​lecturer at Autisme Cen­traal. He is co-​director of the Cen­tre for Con­crete Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, a Euro­pean train­ing and edu­ca­tion cen­tre for Autism spec­trum disorders.

    Peter is edi­tor of ‘Autisme Cen­traal’, bi-​monthly mag­a­zine of the Autisme Cen­traal and a mem­ber of the edi­to­r­ial board of the Belgian-​Dutch Jour­nal of Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion, Child Psy­chi­a­try and Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy. Sev­eral arti­cles on Autism and more than 15 books have been pub­lished – the lat­est of which are enti­tled ‘I am Spe­cial’ and ‘Autism as Con­text Blindness’.

    Call for Papers

    You are invited to sub­mit abstracts for oral and/​or poster pre­sen­ta­tions focussing on any inno­va­tions, devel­op­ments or research in the area of work­ing with young peo­ple with autism, with par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The abstract should not be more than 300 words in length (papers describ­ing work in progress are eligible).

    A panel of asses­sors will judge sub­mit­ted sum­maries on sound­ness of approach, clar­ity of descrip­tion, and acces­si­bil­ity, impor­tance and rel­e­vance of con­tent for a national and inter­na­tional audi­ence. If a paper is accepted, pre­sent­ing authors must reg­is­ter for the meet­ing as a del­e­gate. Oral pre­sen­ta­tions will be allo­cated 25 min­utes plus 5 min­utes for questions.


    The con­fer­ence would be of inter­est to:

    • Teach­ers, Sup­port Assistants
    • LEA staff
    • Allied health professionals
    • Speech and lan­guage therapists
    • Edu­ca­tional psychologists
    • Parents/​carers or oth­ers who are meet­ing the needs of those with Autism
    • Aca­d­e­mics
    • Med­ical practitioners


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