When: 7-8 March 2017
Where: Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Autism Guernsey is raising funds to send a representative to the Autism Professional Conference.
The theme of the conference is Working in Partnership Through the Autism Journey and the programme has been developed to try and emphasise the benefits of cross-discipline approaches and including autistic people, their families and carers in the decision-making about their lives.
Keynote sessions given by top international and UK speakers will present an overview of the changing autism environment. In addition, a series of expert seminars will provide delegates with practical strategies to implement in their own regions.
The insights and ideas that an Autism Guernsey representative would gain at the conference will feed into the charity's ongoing work with people on the autism spectrum in the Bailiwick.
The island will also be represented by Tom Moore, who was diagnosed with mild Asperger's Syndrome when he was 12 years old. The condition has had a profound effect on his life and Tom now shares his knowledge and perspective through public speaking. This has led Tom to be invited to co-chair the first day of the Autism Professional conference in March.
The charity hopes that by accompanying Tom to the conference his enjoyment of the experience will be enhanced and even more knowledge can be brought back to the island, which will, in turn, benefit other people affected by autism.
Autism Guernsey is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism and their families. It is an independent charity and receives no statutory financial backing. All funds raised go towards work carried out in Guernsey. The charity relies on support from the island’s community to continue their work.