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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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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Reminder and guidelines for #DebateAutism tomorrow 6-7pm

Just a reminder about#DebateAutism. If you have access to twitter join us tomorrow (Tuesday March 21st) 6-7pm. #DebateAutism is a respectful space to discuss issues of importance to autistic people and their families.

There will be approximately 5 questions posed sequentially compiled from topics of interest suggested by twitter users. Guidelines for discussion are:

Always start off your answers with A1, A2, A3 corresponding to the question number. If your response is more than one tweet use A1a, A1b etc

Use #DebateAutism on all replies, including those you make directly to a specific participant.

This is a safe discussion space so always respond with courtesy and respect


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