The Rights Approach for Autism

This is the abridged version of the Professorial inaugural presentation given by Nick Hodge, Professor of Inclusive Practice Tuesday March 14th 2017 – click on Rights Approach for Autism Hodge  6.30-7.30pm. In this Nick launches the Rights Approach for Autism. Any feedback is welcome. Please reply to

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Wishing you a very happy Christmas

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018

from The Autism Centre

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Bents Green Conference: Understanding Teenagers with Social & Emotional Health Difficulties

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre event

This conference takes place on Dec 5th in Sheffield. Details are in the flyer

Understanding Teenagers Dec 17 Flier PDF

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Autism dialogue programme for autistic students and staff at Sheffield Hallam University

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre event

AUTISM DIALOGUE programme at Sheffield Hallam University
A student-organised, group led programme for all Autistic Students and Staff.

In the Common Room at The Hubs
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month starting Dec 8th until May 12th.
1.30pm – 5pm
30 spaces only. Please attend all sessions if you can*.
No experience necessary.

Dialogue is a free exchange of ideas and information without an agenda and provides the opportunity to examine preconceptions and prejudices among peers, by open conversation with active, non-judgemental listening.


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Don’t forget the ESRC Social Sciences Festival starts tomorrow with a free autism event

You can read more about the free autism events this Saturday, 4th November and Saturday 11th November at

You can also hear Shalini Vohra talking about her event that explores how autism is portrayed in children’s fiction at

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ResearchSEND conference Sheffield 18 November 2017

The ResearchSEND conference promotes and recognises the importance of research in meeting the needs of learners with SEND. The Autism Centre’s Nick Hodge and Emma Rice are presenting a workshop at this year’s event on developing a sense of self with autistic pupils in schools. More information can be found at ResearchSEND Sheffield promotion (4)

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Help with childcare, petcare and housework Sheffield

A family in Sheffield is willing to exchange accommodation for help with childcare, petcare and housework.

Details at

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Free event: How autism is portrayed in children’s fiction. Sheffield Nov 11th 12.00-2.30pm

Dr Shalini Vohra is hosting this event that is sponsored by the ESRC Social Sciences Festival and Sheffield Hallam University

You can find out location information and book onto the event at

The event will feature a panel consisting of Vicky Martin, author of ‘M is for autism’ and ‘M in the Middle’; Amanda Lillywhite author and illustrator of ‘Friends’, created for the Neuro Foundation; as well as Elaine Bousfield from ZunTold, a publishing house that aims to create a space for young people’s writing. This event is an attempt to openly talk about how autism is portrayed in children’s fiction and what impact this has on the lives of children and young people who identify as autistic as well as their family members. The event is aimed at young people and their participation will be critical to generating the discussion, however parents and professionals with an interest in the area are welcome to attend. Fiction plays a very significant role in shaping how we understand and respond to autism. Books are instrumental in creating awareness and acceptance amongst children and young people, therefore the way autism is portrayed in books demands consideration and recognition. This event is perhaps the first of its kind where authors, publishers and academics will explore together with the participating audience how autism is portrayed in children’s fiction.


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