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Wednesday 16th January 2019

Michael Barton is the author and illustrator of two books, "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" and "A Different Kettle of Fish", both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He works as a Market Analyst in central London and is a patron of CASPA, a charity based in South East London that runs youth clubs for young people on the autistic spectrum.

Talk title: Autism - Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Michael wishes people to attend his talks in person, hence no slides or video are available for this talk. Michael will next be speaking at the Autism Show.


Wednesday 5th September 2018

Laura Hull is a researcher based at University College London. Her research focuses on sex/gender differences in the experiences of people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC); including the experiences of social coping/camouflaging in adults and children, and the expression of empathy in children and adolescents.

"Gender and Autism: Is there a Female Autism Phenotype?"


Talk slides


Thursday 21st September 2017

ShARL held a Bohm dialogue event led by Jonathan Drury. Bohm dialogue is a powerful form of communication; a freely flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone's point of view fully, equally and nonjudgmentally. This Bohm dialogue event was attended by autistic adults and autism professionals.

"Professionals in autism : What are we thinking?" The self in cultural contexts

Friday 8th September 2017

Dr Elizabeth Milne is the director of the Sheffield Autism Research Lab, and Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. This talk discussed the outcomes of Elizabeth's British Academy Fellowship. Elizabeth outlined the results from the research projects carried out as part of the project and discussed what has been learned via this work. She has published over 40 research papers, and engages in a number of public engagement events around the country.

"Understanding ASC in adulthood"


Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Tony Charman is a Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at Kings College London. He is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who works in a specialist service for children with autism and complex neurodevelopmental conditions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and over 30 book chapters. He serves on a number of expert panels for the Medical Research Council and NICE in the UK, NIH in the USA and the WHO.

"Heterogeneity in ASD and its effect on diagnosis"

Monday 13th February 2017

The pros and cons of seeking an ASC diagnosis in adulthood.

My experience of ASC diagnosis in adulthood: Lynne Gill

My experience of ASC diagnosis in adulthood: Annie Ryan

Monday 23rd January 2017

Dr Olga Bogdashina, a world renowned expert in autism. From 1994 to 2010 Olga was the President of Autism Society ('From Despair to Hope') and the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Gorlovka, Ukraine. Olga teaches and lectures in the UK, Europe, & Mexico (more than 200 keynote presentations at conferences and congresses). Olga has a son (28) with classic autism and a daughter (25) with Asperger syndrome.

"A Reconstruction of the Sensory World of Autism"


Wednesday 21st September 2016

Dr Jeremy Parr is a Paediatric Neurodisability clinical academic at Newcastle University. He also works as a clinician in two neurodevelopmental disorders clinics in Newcastle. He has made a significant contribution to autism research in the UK and is a member of the executive committee of the British Academy of Childhood Disability.

"Adulthood, ageing and the autism spectrum"

Monday 20th June 2016

Dr Meena Balasubramanian, consultant clinical geneticist at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation trust and senior lecturer at The University of Sheffield in the Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism.

"The genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders."

Monday 25th April 2016

Christopher Mitchell "Mindful Living with Asperger's Syndrome".


Monday 23rd March 2015

Dr Emily Jones, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, "Identifying autism: Early signs, early intervention, and early brain development".

Friday 16th January 2015

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge, “Why is autism more common in males?"


Monday 27th January 2014

Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson, School of Education: University of Edinburgh “Technology and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Intervention, Education, Communication & Fun”.

Monday 17th March 2014, 3 to 5 pm

Dr Kobus Van Rensburg, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northamptonshire NHS Foundation Trust

This talk covered the challenges that people with Autism experience during adulthood, including employment, further education, relationships and a range of sensory issues.

Monday 28th April 2014, 3 to 5 pm

Grace Parry

Grace talked about her personal experience of having autism. Her talk was entitled "Ask me anything" as she was keen for it to be an interactive seminar.

Monday 16th June 2014, 3 to 5 pm

Dr Richard Smith, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service

"Life After Diagnosis: Common Dilemmas Facing Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions".

Monday 10th November 2014, 3 to 5 pm

Alison Debenham “A different experience: My life as an AS woman".