There are evidence-based intervention and management strategies for autism spectrum disorder; why is it so hard to get them to all the families and individuals who need them?
What are the barriers and the methods to overcome them?
This conference addresses this “implementation gap” – both in the UK and internationally.
We have leading speakers addressing key aspects such as developing the evidence-base; the science of implementation, particularly in enduring conditions such as autism; national policy and locality evidence-based commissioning; philanthropy; and clinical practitioner experience on the ground.
The day will focus particularly on the example of the Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) as an evidence-based early intervention that we have tried extensively to implement both in the UK and internationally. Our experience in doing this will be shared as the second theme of the day. But the difficulties in the lessons learned are applicable to any evidence-based practice in autism internationally and we wish to draw out these general lessons for us all.
One of the key lessons is that healthcare and education implementation requires many partners acting together; from clinicians, teachers, researchers, policymakers, charities, managers, commissioners - and not least “service users”, families, caregivers and autistic individuals themselves, who are often highly and effectively involved. We are delighted that all these groups are strongly represented at this symposium. We have learned when all these groups work together there can be a real activation for change – our goal is to progress the conversation from this symposium to bring about a step change in autism intervention to benefit all children and their families.
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|8.00||Conference webpage is available for viewing|
|9.30||Welcome||Prof Jonathan Green
Prof of Child Psychiatry, University of Manchester
|9.40||Scientific background and innovative solutions||Prof Jonathan Green|
|10.00||Maximising the national policy framework||Mr. Jon Spiers
CEO of Autistica, the UK autism research charity
|10.20||Special presentation: My 20 years in autism||Dame Stephanie Shirley CH
Philanthropist and supporter of autism charities and research
|10. 40||How do we get evidence into practice?
|Dr. Paul Wilson, Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, University of Manchester; co-editor-in-chief, ‘Implementation Science’|
Virtual stall: Autistica, the UK Autism Research Charity
|11.40||Greater Manchester autism intervention project, model, aims, process and barriers
|Mr. Sandy Bering, Strategy Lead Commissioner, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
Dr. Catherine Aldred, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, University of Manchester
|12.00||Question & Answer panel
|Dr. Catherine Aldred, Mr. Sandy Bering, Prof. Jonathan Green, Dr. Paul Wilson|
Music Recital: Suites for Cello by JS Bach, performed by Laura van der Heijden - http://www.lauravanderheijden.uk/en
1.10 – 1.35 – Break
|1.35||Video on the PACT Intervention|
|1.50||Sharing stories and experiences in the child’s world||Dr. Ben Marlow, Consultant Paediatrician, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Ms. Louisa Harrison, Teacher
|2:10||Taking autism intervention into the community
Dr. Peter Berchtold, Consultant Paediatrician, Jennie Corkwood, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Stockport Foundation Trust
Dr. Vicky Slonims, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Ms Jess Rose Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Evelina Children’s Hospital (GSTT)
Dr. Helen Delargy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board; Kate Lemon Senior Speech and Language Therapist; Dr Mary-Anne Pasteur, Senior Clinical Psychologist
Prof. Jeremy Parr, Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability, Newcastle University
Textile Art presentation: ‘A Covid Diary’, Ariella Green, Textile Artist http://ariellagreen.com/
3.20 – 3.40 – Parents Q&A – with host
Global implementation, progress and barriers
Dr. Gauri Divan, Consultant Paediatrician, University of Sangath
Dr. Toureille-Pouget, Paediatric Psychiatrist, Dr. Theirry Maffre, Paediatric Psychiatrist, Centre for Diagnosis and Resources for autistic people, Toulouse.
Dr. Andrea Bonifacio, Consultant Psychologist, Dr. Giovanna Gison, Consultant Psychologist, University of Campania, Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples
|4.25||Measuring Impact …Moving forward
|Dr .Marie-Maude Geoffrey, Child Psychiatrist,
Matea Balabanovska, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Catherine Aldred, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, University of Manchester
|4.45||Question & Answer||Catherine Aldred, Peter Berchtold,
Jennie Corkwood, Helen Delargy,
Tanya Farley, Jonathan Green,
Louisa Harrison, Ben Marlow, Vicky Slonims
|5.00||Finish– followed by PACT video
Prof. Jonathan Green
Professor Jonathan Green is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the University of Manchester, UK, and Honorary Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.
Jonathan is a clinical scientist with a focus on early development and autism intervention. His work on parent-mediated early intervention has including leading RCTs of the iBASIS prodromal intervention for infants at risk for autism in the first year, and the post-diagnosis Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) - which both showed reductions in symptom severity sustained for 2 and 6 years respectively post-treatment. PACT has been widely implemented internationally and successfully adapted for low-income contexts in South Asia using task-shifting (PASS). Jonathan is currently leading a trial to scale of PASS in Delhi and collaborating on a number of international trials of parent-mediated therapy for autism in infancy and early childhood. He also investigates additional potential treatments within monogenic syndromic models of autism such as Neurofibromatosis 1, in basic science collaborations and intervention trials. Clinically, he runs a specialist Social Development Clinic at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, undertaking assessment and treatment innovation with ASD and other impairments of social development.
Jonathan has been associate editor for Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, a member of the UK 2013 NICE guideline for autism treatments and on an MRC methodology research group into process and causal analysis in clinical trials. He is an UK National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator. http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/socialdevelopment/
Mr. Jon Spiers is Chief Executive of Autistica, the UK’s national autism research charity. Under his leadership, Autistica has vastly expanded its research programme focused entirely on the priorities of the autism community. Jon’s policy work around early mortality in autism and community priorities has given the charity an international platform. Jon’s signature issues are ending preventable deaths and reducing mental health burdens in autism, as well as raising autism research up in the agendas of policymakers, funders, the NHS and service providers. Jon was Rising CEO of the Year 2017 in the Third Sector Awards, INSAR Global Autism Advocate 2018 and Charity Director of the Year 2019 at the Institute of Directors Awards.
Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH
Dame Shirley is 86, is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. www.steveshirley.com.
Her life story begins with her 1939 arrival in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee. In 1962, she started a software house, Freelance Programmers, that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune shared with her colleagues; she made 70 of her staff millionaires at no cost to anyone, but herself.
Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society. In 2009/10 she served as the UK’s first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact, totally £67m to date. The focus is on IT and her late son’s disorder of autism.
Her memoir Let It Go was published in 2012 www.let-it-go.co.uk. It has sold 40,000 copies and Penguin re-published in April 2019 with a view to distributing it worldwide – the first translated version is launch in Germany in July 2020. A big screen film is also in the making by The Artists Partnership, with Producer Damian Jones and Director Haifaa al-Mansour. The shortlist for an actress to play Dame Stephanie includes Claire Foy and Emily Blunt. Filming starts in 2020.
Dame Stephanie has been much honoured. In 2013, she was named by Woman’s Hour as one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain. In 2014, the Science Council listed her as one of the Top 100 practising scientists in the UK. In 2015, Dame Stephanie was given the Women of the Year Special Award. Her TED Talk in 2015 was to a standing ovation from more than a thousand of the world’s most recognised technical entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators and doers. It has received 1.9m views. In 2017, Dame Stephanie received a Companion of Honour, one of only 65 people worldwide to receive such a recognition.
Paul Wilson is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, University of Manchester and Implementation Science research theme lead for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester.
He has a background in evidence synthesis and previously worked for the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York where he was responsible for translating the findings of systematic reviews into formats for use by a wide range of professional audiences.
Paul's research interests are focused on the role and use of evidence to inform decisions relating to service delivery, redesign and disinvestment. His expertise includes rapid synthesis and the development and evaluation of methods to increase the uptake of research based knowledge in practice and policy settings. Current research includes national evaluations of New Care Models programme, and the implementation of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Paul is Co Editor in Chief of Implementation Science, the leading international journal for implementation research.
Sandy Bering is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist employed at Exec Director-level as the Strategic Lead Clinical Commissioner at the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership for Mental Health and Disabilities (including: Adult & Older People Mental Health services; Children and Young People services; Dementia; Learning Disabilities; Autism; Alcohol & Substance Misuse services; Health & Justice, Veterans; Trauma & Resilience; and Complex Individual Patient Support Needs). He acts as an expert commissioning advisor nationally to the Department of Health and NHSE on various topics using experience from a variety of substantive service posts held over 35 years involving the provision of high level clinical expertise and professional leadership/management.
Dr Catherine Aldred
Catherine’s goal is early intervention for autism and associated social communication impairments, preventing secondary needs and promoting the best quality research into practice. She led pioneering autism therapy trials developed from her Ph.D. research at the University of Manchester and clinical practice including PACT, a follow-up study and UK and international implementation trials in India, France, Italy, Hong Kong due to extend to China and Denmark.
Catherine has worked in the NHS for 38 years simultaneously to her clinical research at the University of Manchester and become the founder of a new not-for-profit social enterprise IMPACT (Interaction Method for Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy) disseminating evidence-based autism intervention for the benefit of all children and their families.
Catherine is an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester. Catherine provides assessments, diagnosis and therapy intervention for children with communication needs at the Roundway Centre. She is a national trainer in autism diagnostic and assessment instruments and developed a measure of child communication competencies, sensitive to change through therapy intervention (DCMA, Dyadic Communication Measure for Autism).
Laura van der Heijden
Winner of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Laura van der Heijden has been making a name for herself as an emerging talent, captivating audiences and critics alike with her imaginative interpretations and probing musicianship. 2018 marked the global release of Laura’s critically acclaimed debut album “1948”, featuring Russian music for cello and piano with pianist Petr Limonov. It won the 2018 Edison Klassiek Award, broadcast live on national TV in the Netherlands.
Laura was born in England to Dutch-Swiss parents and gave her first public performance at the age of 9. Since 2008 she has been a student of the British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov. In June 2019, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from St John’s College, Cambridge. She enjoys a very varied concert life filled with a combination of concertos, recitals, and many different chamber music projects. Laura plays a late 17th-century cello by Francesco Rugeri of Cremona, on generous loan from a private collection.
For this conference, Laura will be playing the second and third of J S Bach’s six solo suites for cello, probably written between 1717-23. They both begin with preludes, followed by five movements based on different dance-styles; allemande (a German dance), courante (a fast, ‘running’ dance), sarabande (a slow stately dance), two minuets or bourrées (more playful in character), and a final gigue (like the Irish jig - fast and lively). http://www.lauravanderheijden.uk/en
Dr Marlow is a Paediatric Consultant with an interest in neurodevelopment and has worked in the NHS for nearly 10 years. He joined the Colchester Hospital team (ESNEFT) in 2019 and is neurodisability and research lead for the department. Prior to his role as a doctor, he completed a Masters in Biochemistry and worked for GSK and UCB Pharma in R+D. He also completed a research fellowship at the University of Florida. He has a keen interest in the neurobiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, especially the fields of neuroimmunology and metabolism. He is very keen to help advocate and advance the translation of science into interventions for children with neurodisabling conditions, particularly within the field of Autism.
He has a six-year-old son, Freddie, who has a diagnosis of Autism. Freddie is preverbal and profoundly affected by sensory processing difficulties and understanding the world around him. Dr Marlow first came across PACT in 2018 whilst his son was attending Puzzle nursery in Bucks. He has since launched a pilot PACT project at his current trust ESNEFT, for 8 families over 6 months, utilising a small donation from a local charitable trust. His aim to integrate PACT into the local ‘Early intervention pathway’.
Louisa Harrison is a PACT therapist and trainer, and has ten years’ experience of teaching and working with children with autism. She qualified as a primary school teacher (graded ‘Outstanding’) in 2012 and has taught in both mainstream and special schools. From 2014 – 2016 Louisa helped set up an autism specific free school and as Teaching and Learning governor worked closely with the Principle Designate in shaping the curriculum, environment and ethos of the school. In 2015 Louisa completed an MA Inclusion and SEN (awarded ‘distinction’) at Manchester Metropolitan University. She carried out a research project looking into improving outcomes for young people with autism. Louisa then worked with Local Authorities and educational settings advising them as to how to improve outcomes for all children and young people with SEND based on her research. Louisa was involved in reshaping and writing the revised SEND Graduated Response guidance for Cheshire East Local Authority and prior to that advised on implementing the Adult Autism Strategy. In 2018 Louisa joined the research team of the REACH-ASD trial at Manchester University as co-developer of a new intervention looking at the mental health and well-being of parents following their child’s ASD diagnosis. Louisa also sat on the Steering Group for the PACT-G trial.
Peter Berchtold is working as Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in Neurodisability and Epilepsy at Stepping Hill Hospital. He had his basic medical training and first Paediatric post in Germany until the Paediatrician glut following reunification brought him to the UK in 1995 for basic and higher specialist training in the Midlands and the North West. He is conducting ADOS assessments and looking after families with a range of neurodisabilities since 2003 with occasional appearances on the annual 'Hands on autism' Conference in Stockport.
Jennie is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and covering Lead Practitioner at Stepping Hill Hospital Child Development Unit. She is part of the team providing assessment and treatment for Preschool children with complex and additional needs across Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Jennie is an experienced ADOS practitioner and trainer and recently completed her MA Autism, where her research focus was on joint working and developing shared responsibility for outcomes with children and families.
Jennie is the lead clinician for Therapy Outcome Measures (TOMS) across Stockport. She is keen to ensure that children and families have access to the right care and support from the earliest contact, through diagnosis and post diagnostic care.
Dr Vicky Slonims
Dr Vicky Slonims is Senior Consultant Speech and Language Therapist in the multi-disciplinary service for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders at Evelina Children’s Hospital (Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust). She is an Expert Adviser for the NICE Centre for Guidelines. She is currently Chair of the Language and Communication Study Group; one of 4 themed groups in a national autism research network (Discover) established by the charity Autistica and a member of the Professional Practice and Policy committee for RCSLT. She is Visiting Reader in Complex Communication Disorders in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division within the IoPPN, King’s College London. Her research is closely aligned to her clinical interests in intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders and working with children with severe communication impairments and challenging behaviour.
Jessica is a speech and language therapist who works at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. She has extensive experience working with children with autism both in clinics, in their home environment and virtually. She also worked on the most recent Paediatric Autism Communication Trial. She currently provides PACT therapy both in the NHS and privately and is also a PACT trainer and supervisor. Jessica also works in the Children’s Neuro-disability Team at the Evelina where she is part of a multi-disciplinary team providing assessment and support for families in the south east of England.
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist BMedSci (Hons) HCPC Reg MRCSLT. Clinical Lead for Pre-school children with Additional Learning Needs in BCUHB (West). I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in Cardiff and Oxfordshire returning to North Wales in 2012. I began working with pre-school children with Additional learning needs at the beginning of my career in 1999 and have consistently worked in this field since 2013.
Dr. Helen Delargy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist BSc PhD DClinPsy. Clinical Lead for Children’s Disability and Neurodevelopmental Services, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) (West). Following my research doctorate, I trained to be a clinical psychologist in North Wales and have been working with children with learning disability and autism since 2002. I am passionate about supporting families to enjoy their children.
Dr. Mary-Anne Pasteur
Senior Clinical Psychologist, BSc, PhD, DClinPsych. I work for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, in North West Wales in the IMPACT team delivering PACT and in child disability services.
Prof. Jeremy Parr
Jeremy Parr is Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability at Newcastle University. He leads research that aims to improve the quality of life of children and adults on the autism spectrum. Jeremy’s clinical work is at the Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service at Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, where he sees young people for autism spectrum diagnostic assessment, or management advice. Over the last 10 years Jeremy has led a programme of research focused on using a Virtual Reality Environment in the treatment of situation specific anxiety, phobia and fear – the research led to a brand new clinical treatment that is now provided by the NHS.
Ariella Green is a textile artist who has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. She trained at St Martin’s School of Art, Goldsmiths College and Manchester University and has exhibited with the Crafts Council, "62" textile and “New Fibre Art” groups. She a member of the Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) Gallery in London ‘representing some of the most talented and skilled applied artists working in Britain today.’ (www.caa.org.uk/).
Ariella makes textile collages, using material she has prepared or found, pieced and stitched on Vilene backing and finished with applique, hand stitching and paint. Her landscapes are filled with layers of memory from childhood, family, fairy tale and mythic narrative, figures and animals. She calls these her “library of moments”; fabric images that fire her imagination, speak to her and with whom she enters into dialogue. Memories, thoughts and dreams are clarified, ideas are re-worked, narratives take different paths. The process of working on the collages helps her discover thoughts and feelings.
Ariella’s work can be seen on her website – www.ariellagreen.com. For this conference she will be presenting a diary, in words and textile collages, of her and our shared lockdown experience, reflecting reactions, moods, and hopes in relation to the external events.
Gauri Divan is the Director of the child development group in the not –for-profit Sangath (www.sangath.in). The organisations aim is to develop and evaluate innovative packages of care that can be delivered through non- specialist health workers through the process of task-sharing. As a paediatrician, Gauri works in the areas of early child development, developmental disabilities and adolescent health. In the area of autism, she works with collaborators that are looking at addressing the detection and treatment gap for autism spectrum disorders.
To address the detection gap, she is part of a team developing an eye-tracking gamified assessment which can be administered in the community using a mhealth device. To address the treatment gap, she has led the adaptation of the Preschool Autism Communication Therapy from the UK which as the Parent mediated intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders in South Asia (PASS), can be delivered by non-specialist workers. PASS is a low intensity developmentally orientated intervention which uses video feedback with caregivers, to encourage them to make changes in their autistic child’s communication environment. The PASS social communication intervention was expanded to address co-occurring problems. This expanded PASS Plus intervention is undergoing effectiveness- cost-effectiveness evaluation using frontline workers in New Delhi, India. She has been on the technical resource group of the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karykram, Government of India and on the WHO technical consultative group for Autism and Developmental Disorders. She is currently a member of the Lancet Commission on the Future of Care and Research in Autism, 2019-2020.
I have been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Practitioner in public hospitals since 1992. My professional practice has focused on the field of autism from the start of my career, in a position of responsibility for various services of support and care, then in a coordination position and at the head of the Regional Autism Resource Center (CRA) (diagnostic missions, support for families and professionals and network coordination for a territory of 3 million inhabitants) from 2005. In this context, I notably organize a network of specialized diagnostic teams and care coordination teams for children under 6, training actions for family carers and for professionals accompanying the main stream sector and the specialized sector. Since 2018, I have been the head of the National CRA Group which brings together the 26 French CRAs.
I’m Child psychiatrist and Practitioner in public hospitals since 2008. I’m working for the Centre for Diagnosis and Resources for autistic people since 2009. I was trained at PACT in 2017 by Catherine Aldred. I’m PACT trainer since February 2018 for the Southwest of France.
Andrea Bonifacio; psychologist, psychotherapist, neurodevelopmental disorder therapist (TNPEE), PACT therapist and trainer, contract professor at University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Naples). Author of publications on the topic of Evaluation and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is also professor with a master’s degree on ASD, and on typical and atypical development in children. He is National President of the Italian Technical Scientific Association ANUPI TNPEE and WAIMH member. He works with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, conducts parenting interventions, and deals with training and prevention in schools aimed at improving child mental health. Member of Scientific Committee of the project SUPER (Unitary System in Educational Rehabilitation Platform).
Doctor in Psychology and Neurodevelopmental Disorder Therapist (TNPEE); Pact Therapist and Trainer. Contract Professor at University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Napoli. Professor of developmental psychology and education at the degree course for Teacher at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli. Collaborates with other Italian University in master’s degree on ASD. Coordinator in a rehabilitation medical centre “Pompei”. She works with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, he conducts parenting interventions, and deals with training and prevention in schools aimed at improving child mental health.
Member of the Italian Technical Scientific Association ANUPI TNPEE -Scientific Committee. Author of publications on the topic of evaluation and intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I elaborated the project SUPER (Unitary System in Educational Rehabilitation Platform) aimed to promote a scientific understating of ASD and to provide shared tools for creating a synergic network among the different participants involved in a rehabilitation routine of children with ASD in collaboration with University Federico II.
Marie-Maude Geoffray is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (CAP). She heads a department for early intervention and assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hospital Le Vinatier, Lyon, France. She lectures at the University of Lyon. This year Marie-Maude is a visiting academic at the University of Manchester.
Matea did her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology at The University of Manchester (class of 2019). She joined Jonathan Green’s team in Sept.2017 on the MRC Paediatric Communication Trials - Generalized (PACT-G) as part of my full year placement - she worked as honorary research assistant and continued working with the team after her placement.
Matea’s core research interests – she is passionate about sensory processing in ASD and the development of clinical/research measures for capturing sensory symptoms. During her placement year she worked on developing an observational measure of sensory sensitivities related with ASD. Last year she was involved in a project on visual search of moving items in ASD (for her dissertation).
Matea is from Skopje, Macedonia, she loves the sea, skiing and traveling.
Tanya has facilitated the organisation of the inaugural Impact Symposium. She has used her lived experience of parenting a 20 year old son with autism and SLD to contribute to a number of autism/care focused events. She co-founded the Autism a Hands on Approach Conference in Stockport which will go live and online with it’s 17th event on November 9th 2020.
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Kellie has no spare time for hobbies because she is a parent of two young children ages 2 & 4. Kellie has just recently perfected the art of making mango and raspberry daiquiris which she does on a daily basis.
AUTISM: EVIDENCE INTO PRACTICE
Friday 26th June 2020
Thank you for registering for our Autism Symposium on the 26th June.
You now have a place booked for the meeting and we look forward to being with you there.
Here is some pre-conference information for you.
Aim and Participants
There are evidence-based intervention and management strategies for autism spectrum disorder; why is it so hard to get them to all the families and individuals who need them? What are the barriers and the methods to overcome them? This conference addresses this “implementation gap” – both in the UK and internationally. We have leading speakers addressing key aspects including the evidence-base; the science of implementation; national autism policy and locality evidence-based commissioning; philanthropy; and clinical practitioner experience on the ground.
In keeping with this our attendees include parents and families, autistic individuals, clinicians, researchers, policy makers and philanthropists, commissioners and charities. Implementation and health system development is complex, we believe we will need all of us ‘Working Together’ to achieve our goals, and this meeting is dedicated to that end.
We encourage you all to be involved and contribute if you wish to the day. Please use the chat function on the platform throughout the day so we can all talk to each other. Feel free to raise any questions or concerns you have with the speakers and the other participants. We want our event to be as interactive as possible to stimulate conversation and proactive thinking so please don’t be shy.
We are using an alternative to the Zoom platform in order to facilitate access and connectivity. This does not require you to create an account or download an app, simply just click on the link and it will open up. You will be sent the link the conference the day before on the 25th June – please check your spam / junk folders if you don’t see it in your inbox.
The conference website is now live. All additional event information including speaker biographies will be on this webpage for you to view from Monday onwards.
Parents and carers feedback session
We are holding a feedback session on the day, using a separate Zoom meeting room. We will send the link out for this separate session also the day before with the conference link. This will be for 20 minutes during the afternoon break and is for parents and carers to identify topics from the day that they want to discuss in greater depth with a professional at a follow-up meeting on 22nd July 7pm – 9pm.
Arts Programme Entertainment
A whole day internet conference is tiring! We have therefore taken the online opportunity to create an outstanding Arts Programme entertainment and information programme for you in the conference Breaks – by people who wish to support the aims of the day. This includes a presentation from the UK research charity Autistica in the morning; a music recital by internationally renowned cellist Laura van der Heijden at lunchtime; and a video presentation of a ‘Covid Diary’ by leading Textile Artist Ariella Green in the afternoon. All the details are in the enclosed Symposium Programme. We hope you find this a great complement to the rest of the meeting. We encourage you to donate to the great work Autistica are doing, details of how to do this will be given at the meeting.
Contact – Please do not hesitate to contact us at IMPACT email@example.com with any queries or concerns prior to the meeting.
We look forward to meeting you!
NB – LOOK OUT FOR THE LINK INVITATION TO THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE OUT TO YOU BY EMAIL ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 24TH. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THIS PLEASE LET US KNOW.