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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Research study, call for participants- ‘What is important to children and young people with autism and their families?’

Post by Jennie Fleetwood:

I am a student at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) writing the final research project for my MA Autism Spectrum. I am gathering information on how outcomes are set and measured for children and young people with autism. I am interested to know if, and how, professionals, families and young people with autism are working together to set and achieve shared goals and outcomes. I would like to find out if young people and their families are being included in planning for their futures and able to take an active role in deciding what is important for them.

Who can take part? Due to the specific focus of this project I’m looking for participants based in the UK only. Anyone under the age of 19 on the Autism Spectrum; Parents or carers of children and young people with Autism/ ASD; professionals working with children or young people with Autism/ ASD.

What do you have to do? Follow the link below and complete the survey. This should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. At the end of the survey, you may be asked if you would like to take part in a follow up interview. The interviews will take place separately at a later date, but you will be sent more detailed information if you are chosen to take part in an interview.

Important information- This study has full ethical approval from SHU. Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary and responses are anonymous, unless you choose to include your contact details for a follow up interview. In all cases, the final results to the survey will be kept anonymous to the public and only the researcher will see your details, for the purposes of contacting you to arrange the interview.

You are entitled to withdraw from this study up to the closing date of the survey (9th June 2017). After this date, analysis of the data will be taking place and it will not be possible to remove your responses.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact the researcher at

To take part in the online survey, please go to:

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Early ‘Intervention’ For Autism Just Got Earlier

The Autism Centre’s Nick Hodge has a comment in The Conversation on the latest research on working with babies who have older autistic siblings. Research is looking at how to lessen the impact of autism associated behaviours that might distress and/or inhibit a child’s development. You can read Nick’s piece at

You can read more about video-babies therapy with babies who might be autistic at



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Did you catch Autism and Sheffield on the TV this week?

The Autism Centre’s Stephen Connolly and Sparkle, Sheffield featured on the BBC’s The One Show 5/4/17 at 7pm. They were discussing the perils of shopping for some autistic people and their families. If you missed it but have access to  BBC iplayer then you can still see the feature at

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Viewing of Life Animated plus discussion Sunday April 2nd for World Autism Awareness Week

Please not that this is not an Autism Centre event

Sunday April 2nd 2017 there is a showing of the film Life Animated followed by a discussion on the issues raised. More information at

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Sheffield shops open early Saturday April 1st for Autism

Sparkle in collaboration with The Autism Centre’s Stephen Connolly have been working with Sheffield shops to encourage them to open early on Saturday April 1st for World Autism Awareness Week. A number of shops have agreed to become more autism friendly. More information at

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Summary of Tuesday’s twitter chat #DebateAutism

Hope you managed to catch our amazing twitter chat, #DebateAutism,  last Tuesday. Don’t worry if you missed it as you can see the summary at

You don’t even need to be on twitter to access this.

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Film: LIFE, ANIMATED + Panel & Discussion SUN APRIL 2nd 6.30pm, Sheffield

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre event

Film: LIFE, ANIMATED + Panel & Discussion

Fundraiser for World Autism Awareness Week in association with Sheffield Autistic Society, SAANS and Right Space, presenting the award winning documentary feature “Life, Animated” and panel discussion.

Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

“A radiant, uplifting story” – Hollywood Reporter

“Deeply moving and a warm testament to a family’s love and resilience”- Variety

Followed by talk and panel with Liz Friend (Vice-Chair SAS), Jonathan Drury (Right Space, Neuroatypical), Professor Nick Hodge ( The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University), Ali Kitley-Jones (The Art House, tbc) and Dr. Richard Smith (Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service).

National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.






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