New free course on play at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is offering a free online course entitled ‘Exploring play: The importance in everyday life’. The course includes a section on ‘Disability and Play’ (week 5)  that features The Autism Centre’s own Jill Smith.

The course starts on September 29th but you can book now.  More information can be found at

Also don’t forget that for those with an interest in play and education Sheffield Hallam University offers a more in depth course. More information at

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

House of Commons debate today on the education of children with autism

Information on the debate and the link to following it live can be found at

Posted in Campaigns | Leave a comment

Autism programmes on Radio 4 this week: catch up

Filling the Autism Gap: John Waite explores why parents feel compelled to turn to unproven ‘treatments’  for autism

A report on the significant failings in assessment units that are putting disabled children and young people at risk.  see July 15th podcast at

If you would like to read more about the campaign of Sara Ryan, her family and allies to secure justice for her son Connor (LB) then go to

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Professor Michael Rutter is on Radio 4 Tuesday 3rd June 9am

Professor Michael Rutter a major contributor to the autism field features on The Life Scientific on Radio 4 on Tuesday 3rd June at 9 am

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Launch of new Sheffield Institute of Education

If you are interested in knowing more about the new Sheffield Institute of Education in which The Autism Centre is situated then you can access a short video about it at,2HIOX,G1ZBGB,91VID,1

Posted in Media | 3 Comments

Good Inclusive Practice Conference: Professionals and ParentCarers Working Together

Please do circulate information if you can on our conference Good Inclusive Practice: Professionals and ParentCarers Working Together. Thursday June 12th 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Sheffield.

More information available at

Thank you

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A better link for Luke Beardon on Radio 4’s You and Yours

This is a better link to locate Luke’s contribution on You and Yours. Apologies for the earlier posting as it was Friday’s programme and not todays

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment