I co-founded the Autism a Hands on approach conference some 19 years ago. My motivation came from the fact that I am a parent of an autistic young man and I wanted to know as much as possible about the condition and to connect with others who were interested. The objectives of the day have always been to provide quality information, raise awareness and hopefully to improve services. The Autism a Hands on Approach conference has proved extremely popular and has become firmly established in the autism calendar as an event where parents, carers, professionals and autistic individuals have a chance to meet up, listen and network. The contributions from speakers with lived experience are an illuminating and valued part of the day. We aim to provide a wide selection of information, generally having a very varied audience and are aware that everyone has their own particular interests and issues. We have been fortunate over the years in attracting many world renowned speakers in the field of autism.
I have been very lucky in having the support of a fabulous, knowledgeable committee in the shape of Carol Bagnall, Janet El-Mikatti, Catherine Aldred and Steve Ivey.