Empowering People, Launching lives


Whose decision is it anyway?

We’re delighted to announce the full programme for the conference in May. We’ve got some great speakers lined up who will be talking on a wide range of thought-provoking topics related to our theme. Talks marked * indicate where CEUs are available. There are 7 in total.

Day 1 – Wednesday, 18th May


Conference welcome

Tracie Coultas-Pitman, CEO, BeyondAutism


Keynote: Bests interests and the good life (Danny’s story)

Dr Virginia Bovell OBE, Co-Founder, Ambitious about Autism. Read more

Key takeaway: considerations around advocating for a learning-disabled adult with autism, from lived experience


The impact of racism on service provision for autistic individuals*

Sheila Sekasi, BCBA, Founder, Advancements ABA Ltd. Read more

Key takeaway: tips on how to teach, support and care for non-white autistic individuals


Promoting stakeholder engagement in autism research: video-based interventions for promoting social behaviour*

Dr Catherine Storey, BCBA, Lecturer in Behaviour Analysis, Queen’s University Belfast. Read more

Key takeaway: how to identify the gaps in autism research and effective ways to involve autistic people in research about their lives


How wellbeing and choice build independence*

Jordana Smallwood, BCBA, Head of Sixth Form, BeyondAutism. Read more

Emma Price, Head of Tram House School, BeyondAutism. Read more

Key takeaway: achieving a wellbeing award in your setting, and the impact this has


How to give people a voice and how it changes outcomes

Tom Bailey, Head of Therapy Services, BeyondAutism. Read more

Key takeaway: tools and strategies to enable every child to communicate effectively


My life in the future: ensuring independence for all

Elizabeth Robinson, Head of Post-19, BeyondAutism. Read more

Key takeaway: ways to teach young adults to share their aspirations; tools and resources that can help build independence as they step into adulthood


Day 2 – Thursday, 19th May


Increasing autonomy and control among persons requiring additional support*

Dr Sandy Toogood, BEM, BCBA-D, Honorary Professor, College of Human Sciences, Bangor University. Read more

Key takeaway: how to build opportunities and support within services to enable people with autism to take control of their lives


Goal formation and engaging people directly in their own functional assessment*

Dr Nick Gore, BCBA, Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability, University of Kent. Read more

Key takeaway: ways to involve people with communication complexities in creating their own goals for behavioural support


Engage, communicate and play: Early Years model*

Sarah Larner, BCBA, ABA Supervisor, BeyondAutism. Read more

Key takeaway: tips and resources to engage families at an early intervention stage


Venn diagrams and icebergs: how the right information can help drive the right decisions

Fin O’Regan, ADHD and Neurodiversity Consultant and Trainer. Read more

Key takeaway: a new framework to help you support students in their learning, behaviour and social skills


Independence is everyone’s right: how do we deliver it?*

Bobbie Stone, BCBA, ABA Consultant, BeyondAutism. Read more

Key takeaway: strategies for working with children to build independence


Panel: Whose decision is it anyway?

Discussant: Dr Louise Denne, BCBA, Senior Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Panellists: Dr Virginia Bovell OBE, Sheila Sekasi, Dr Nick Gore, Elizabeth Robinson, Dr Sandy Toogood


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