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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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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Come along to Our autism soapbox – free event Sheffield 4th November 2017 13.00-15.00

Location information at

Organised by Stephen Connolly, Our Autism Soapbox is a 2 hour event that aims to put the autistic voice front and centre with presentations, discussions and performances on autism in our own words. Building on other successful events held by the Sheffield Hallam Autism Centre, Our Autism Soapbox moves the discussion out of the university and into the public space. Presenters/Performers from a variety of backgrounds are given 5 minutes to stand on their soapbox and present or perform (e.g. poetry) on any topic to do with autism that they feel is important to them.

Presentations will include ‘a traitor to my diagnosis?’, ‘thoughts of an autistic mother’, ‘growing up autistic’ and much more. The aim of this event is to engage and inform the general public around the thoughts, feelings and opinions of actual autistics. Attendees will also have the opportunity to chat with speakers, ask questions and network for ongoing discussions.

Running alongside the event will be a twitter discussion using the #OurAutismSoapbox to engage with those unable to attend the event, there will also be a question corner where attendees can record 30sec questions to be answered and disseminated online after the event and a question and comments notice board where again attendees can ask questions and comment on the event if they wish.

Attendees will need no prior understanding or knowledge of autism and the event is open to the general public of all ages.

The event will be held at the Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield who has kindly offered their new facilities for the event. The staff have all received an autistic led workshop on awareness and understanding and have worked closely with the event organisers to ensure the event is as accessible as possible for all attendees.

Funded by the ESRC part of the cities ESRC festival of social sciences.


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