Innovation in Autism Practice:
The Future is Here

14 November 2019, The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Conference Information

About the Conference

Following on from the success of our International Conference, “Innovation in Autism Practice: The Future is Calling” Scottish Autism are pleased to announce a further, one day conference to take place in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on
Thursday, 14 November 2019.

“Innovation in Autism Practice: The Future is Here” 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 acclaimed keynote speakers including Dean Beadle, Dr Damian Milton, Dr James Barrett, Dr Yo Dunn and Dr Rebecca Wood.

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.

An empowering conference. Excellent work!

- Conference Delegate

Keynote Speakers

Excellent speakers, inspirational! Can’t wait until next year!

- Conference Delegate


08:00 Registration and Refreshments
09:00 Welcome by the Chair Charlene Tait, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Autism

Keynote 1: Embracing Autistic Identity

Agony Autie (Sara Jane Harvey), Autistic Speaker, Presenter and Advocate [more info]

Keynote 2: The Double Empathy Problem: Practical Implications

Dr Damian Milton, Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Tizard Centre, University of Kent
10:30 Comfort Break and Transition

Keynote 3: Gender Incongruence and Autistic Spectrum Conditions: Intersections and Interactions

Dr James Barrett, Lead Clinician, Gender Identity Clinic
11:35 Transition to seminars
11:40 Seminar Stream 1
Under Our Wing: Evidencing the Value of Peer-Support and Mentoring for Autistic Women and Girls Catriona Stewart, Scottish Women's Autism Network (SWAN)
Synergy Richard Mills, AT-Autism London and Laskaridis Foundation Greece
The Role of Participatory Research in Asserting the Rights and Identity of Autistic Individuals and Community Dr Damian Milton, Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC)
We’re Not So Complicated to Treat! Adapting Mental Health Services for Autistic People Sonny Hallett, Chair, Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh (AMASE)
12:25 Lunch and Transition

Keynote 4: Autistic Identity: My Path to Self-Acceptance

Dean Beadle, Autistic Speaker
14:20 Transition to seminars
14:25 Seminar Stream 2
Value-Based and Relational Support at Scottish Autism: Re-thinking Autism Services Joseph Long, Research Manager, Scottish Autism
Autism, Anxiety and Autistic Joy Dean Beadle, Autistic Speaker
DW4U (Diversity Works 4 You): Modern Apprenticeships for People on the Autism Spectrum Catherine Hurrell, Lead Consultant for Training and Consultancy, Values Into Action Scotland
Ten Rules for Ensuring Miscommunication when Working with Autistic People with Learning Disabilities Dr Damian Milton, Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Tizard Centre, University of Kenty
15:10 Comfort Break and Transition

Keynote 5: Support, Enable and Develop Identity within Services

Dr Yo Dunn, Consultant, National Autistic Taskforce

Keynote 6: Time to Think Differently - and Better - about Autism, Education and Inclusion

Dr Rebecca Wood, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, King’s College London
16:55 Interlocutor Dr Joseph Long, Research Manager, Scottish Autism
17:10 Closing Remarks Charlene Tait, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Autism
17:15 Close of Conference
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Best conference I’ve been to

- Conference Delegate

Venue, Travel and Accommodation

For further information on the venue, travel and accommodation for the conference please refer to our Venue, Travel and Accommodation Information.

Autism Access Information

Our aim is to make the conference as accessible as possible for autistic delegates, please refer to our Autism Access Information for further details.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To find out how you can become a conference sponsor and to discover our range of sponsorship packages on offer please see our Sponsorship Opportunities.

If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering with us for our upcoming conference please do not hesitate to get in touch with Karen Scott, Corporate Fundraiser at


Please direct any enquiries to the conference event team on 01259 720044 or e-mail

Thank you all concerned for powerful and informative sessions (heading home and so much of value to process now)

- Conference Delegate

Conference Sponsors


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