Autism Rights Group Highland

Inclusive education for Autistic Children and Young People (PARC)

Inclusive Education for Autistic Children and Young People

17th May 2019


Event Programme

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Inshes Church
Inshes Retail Park
Sir Walter Scott Drive
Inverness IV2 3TW

Tickets £3 and can be booked here.

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Please note lunch will NOT be provided. Delegates will be expected to bring their own lunch or buy locally (if this causes you difficulty please get in touch and we will do what we can to help).

10:30 Kabie Brook
10:45 Dr Rebecca Wood
How to Recognise, Value and Help the Communication of Autistic Children and Young People in Schools.
11:15 Sean Gallagher
Transitions from Secondary School through Higher Education and onto the Workplace.
11:45 30 minute break
12:15 Alan Morrison
A teacher's perspective of the classroom & how we can better accommodate a wider range of people in our classrooms.
12:45 Lunch (Please note lunch will NOT be provided.)
13:45 Dr Rebecca Wood
How Working with the Intense Interests of Autistic Children is the Key to their Educational Inclusion
14:15 Panel
With Dr Rebecca Wood, Sean Gallagher, Alan Morrison and Kabie Brook
14:45-15:00 Closing remarks and departures

Important Information

Autistic space This event is intended to be an autistic space. Autistic space is a space that is created by and for autistic people with the comfort of autistic people as a priority. Non-autistic people are welcome to attend but please remember that you are entering a space designed with the comfort of autistic people as a priority. Autistic ways of being including stimming are not just tolerated but actively welcomed.
Comfort If you have comfort items that you use please bring these along with you, this may include: headphones, stim toys, tinted glasses, blankets, earplugs - anything that makes you feel more comfortable in shared space. Please do not bring stim toys that that light up or make a noise.
Noise/moving around Please be considerate regarding making noise as some speakers and delegates will have high sensitivity to noise. You are free to come and go during presentations or to pace / stand but please be considerate about others comfort and stand or pace at the side or back of the room.
Clapping Please do not clap, instead we ask delegates to wave their hands (also seen in Deaf culture). If you make a mistake and clap do not worry or be embarrassed - mistakes are tolerated.
Perfume Please avoid highly scented perfumes or aftershaves as this can impact on the comfort of other delegates.
Mobile Phones As a courtesy to others please ensure that mobile phones are either switched off or turned to silent mode whilst at the event.
Lunch Please note lunch will NOT be provided.
Interaction Badges For this event we have made interaction badges available to anyone wishing to use them (situated at the registration desk). These badges are for people to moderate how others interact with them - on their own terms.

Regulating interaction can be difficult or stressful for some autistic people. Wanting to be involved in conversations but no-one talking to you, or wanting to just listen without joining in are equally important. Therefore the usefulness of the green badge as well as the red badge are equal. Colours are interchangeable throughout the day and explained below:

Neutral (white or no badge): I am able to regulate my own interaction.

Please initiate (Green Badge): I would like to socialise, but I have difficulty initiating. Please initiate with me.

Prior permission (Yellow Badge): Please do not initiate unless I have already given permission to approach me on a yellow badge.

No initiation (Red Badge): Please do not initiate any interaction with me.

Presenter Biographies

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood is a former teacher and autism education practitioner who completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham, where she was also the Project Manager of the Transform Autism Education project, which was funded by the European Commission. She is currently an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at King’s College, London. Her main research interests are in autism and educational inclusion, with a particular focus on communication and the “interest model” of autism. In the future, Rebecca plans to extend her research incorporating the views and experiences of autistic children and young people who do not use speech as a primary means of communication.

Sonny Hallet

Sean Gallagher is an Actor, Writer and Disability/Autism Advocate. Based in Inverness he travels around the country adding his oddball charm to a variety of projects. Credits include “Hacks for the future” with National Theatres Futureproof Festival and “Act of Repair” with the Scottish Youth Theatre ensemble. Sean is a member of ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland)

Sean Gallagher

Alan Morrison is Highland Council Teacher and a member of ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland)
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