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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Autism twitter chat. March 21st 6-7pm


Using #DebateAutism join Nick Hodge and others for a twitter autism debate. Use the # to suggest topics. Let’s talk autism

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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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Free showing tomorrow of disability film plus discussion

Wednesday, 1 March dis/cinema will be screening the film Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty, facilitated by Dr Kirsty Liddiard, Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield.  This event is FREE and everyone is welcome to attend. There will also be catering by The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield!


Screening of Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

The Diamond, room G.04, University of Sheffield

Screening at 6:00pm

Free to attend

Reserve your spot through Eventbrite


Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. The film explores themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body. Watch a trailer

Dr Kirsty Liddiard is a Research Fellow in the School of Education and Co-Leader of the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman), University of Sheffield. Kirsty’s research explores disability, gender, and sexual and intimate citizenship in contemporary dis/ableist cultures. Visit Kirsty’s website

The Real Junk Food Sheffield promotes the value of food and the value of people, in part by reducing unnecessary food waste, improving the availability of food for everyone, and promoting critical skills and understanding in relation to food. Visit them here

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**See dis/cinema wordpress for more details.

@discinema on Twitter

dis/cinema is a new initiative put in motion by PhD students at the University of Sheffield, which offers film and documentary screenings with themes of disability, mental health, and related stigma. In subsequent series, dis/cinema plans to show screenings that address further themes of ‘otherness’ as disruptions to the status quo. Screenings will always be followed by a Q&A which will be facilitated by either a director/producer of the film and/or an individual who does work within the context of the specific film being screened. dis/cinema aims to create a space to discuss and more clearly identify issues and stigma around ableism, or discrimination against people with disabilities.

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Supporting the development of a positive sense of self in pupils with autism. Event: Sheffield, April 6th 2017


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Research evidence suggests that pupils with autism experience significant


issues in the development of a positive sense of self. Problems with


identifying who you are and finding your place in the world can lead to


feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and despair. All of these are


barriers to learning and achievement. This event will explore how and


why these problems might arise and together we will suggest ways of


working that might enable the development of a more positive sense of


self. Thrive is growing in popularity as an approach to enable children’s


social and emotional well-being. Together we will evaluate its potential


to support pupils with autism





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Headship is readvertised for Rowan School, Sheffield

Rowan School has just readvertised for a new headteacher. Details can be found at


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