Options Autism Conference 2016 – “Autism – in the pursuit of happiness”

Options Autism Conference 2016 – “Autism – in the pursuit of happiness”

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting an Autism Conference this spring. The event will allow you to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of our team, and also offer the opportunity to hear expert speakers and to get together with other parents, carers and professionals. We would love to see you there.

Tuesday 12th April
9am – 3pm

The Learning Development Centre (LDC),
Enderby Road,
DN17 2JL


9.00amRegistration & Coffee
9.30amWelcome – Russell Leese (Head of ASC Adult Services Options), Graham Norris (Head of ASC Children’s Services, Options)
David’s Story – Positive outcomes in the face of adversity told by Helen Horsewood Registered Manager at Options Watermill
10.15amSarah Hendrickx: “Defining Happiness: an autism perspective”
sarah-smallSarah was diagnosed autistic with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 43 – after she had written several books on the subject. Autism in women is so invisible that Sarah did not recognise it in herself! Sarah speaks openly about her wide and varied life experiences in her talks as an autism speaker, including 30+ failed jobs, life-long mental health difficulties and numerous disastrous relationships – all of which she shares with humour and brutal honesty.
11.30amGeoff Evans: “Autism Happiness and a Meaningful Life”
GeoffGeoff has focused his career around supporting individuals with autism and is considered by many as an expert in the field. His many roles have seen him develop skills in training and education,consultancy, leadership and management, advocacy, quality and compliance. In this presentation Geoff draws upon his experiences and that of individuals with autism to make the case that at the heart of all support and approaches should be two goals to promote happiness and a life with meaning. Using research he argues that both are required by individuals with autism for a full and satisfying life. After discussing organisational and staff values that hider the achievement of these goals he identifies values, approaches and activities that can result in happier and more meaningful lives for individuals with autism.
1.15pmWorkshops 1 & 2
2.00pmDean Beadle: “Being Dean: Living with Asperger’s”
Dean_Beadle_2014Dean is an experienced journalist, and he tours extensively speaking about his experiences with Aspergers Syndrome. Dean’s story highlights a humorous and moving personal experience of life in education with Aspergers, and proves just how big a difference parents and professionals can make to children on the spectrum.


– Parents, family & carers: £5
– Professionals: £10
– No charge for people with autism, breakout rooms will be provided if required

All ticket prices are inclusive of VAT and refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge.

To book your space please complete the booking form and return to: Options Roxby House, Winterton Road, Roxby, Nr Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 OBJ, alternatively you can scan and email the form back to: julie.ward@optionsautism.co.uk.  We will then email the invoice to your designated email address within a few days.

Spaces are limited so book your space early to avoid disappointment.
(Limited to two tickets per booking)

If you would like more information on the event please contact Julie Ward at Options Roxby House on
01724 733 777 or email julie.ward@optionsautism.co.uk

 If you have a friend, colleague or relative that might be interested in this event, please forward them the event details >>

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