Free Event: A letter to my autistic self

Bookings are now being taken for The Autism Centre’s event as part of the ESRC Social Sciences Festival 2015. This is a free event and takes place in Sheffield City Centre. You can register to attend at

Information can be found there on other exciting events too for that week. If on twitter be sure to tweet the ESRC at #esrcfestival to let them know which events you will be attending

A letter to my autistic self

When: 10 November 2015 10am–1pm

Organiser name: Jill Smith and Anja Rutten

Event description: It is essential that safe spaces are provided where the life experiences of people with autism can be shared. The differences in perspective and experience will be revealed through contributions from a range of members of the autism community in the form of live contributions, written expressions and audio/visual images. At the centre of this event will be the voices of those most affected – people with autism. The event will promote social connection between peers and intergenerationally in recognition of the importance of good social networks for mental health and well being. The event will take the format of a series of stories about connection: between past and future selves.These stories will be a variety of media and be shared at the event in accessible and appropriate formats. Afterwards there will a facilitated debate on the issues raised with audience members.



About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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