Photo: attendees at Autism Accreditation Raising Standards Events 2016 October 2016 

Above: attendees listen intently to the presentations

Autism Accreditation reflected on the success of its new Raising Standards events as it drew its year-long presentation of events to a close in London this month (October 2016).

Will be enrolling the rest of my team for future events.

Raising Standards events have been introduced to Autism Accreditation members as an opportunity to meet fellow practitioners as well as view new and at times challenging perspectives about autism practise. This premier year has focused on the theme of Quality of Life and has seen presentation by Robyn Steward, Jim Taylor and Karen Lutz, delivering different outlooks of quality of life for an autistic person.

Photo: Robyn Steward at Autism Accreditation Raising Standards Events 2016 October 2016Photo: Autism Accreditation Raising Standards Events 2016 October 2016
Above: Robyn Steward (left) and Jim Taylor (right), giving their presentations

Insightfully thought-provoking and challenged many assumptions.

 

Photo: Autism Accreditation Raising Standards Events 2016 October 2016
Above: audience participation with Robyn Steward - audience are trying stimming/self regulating with her guidance.

The events have been well received by attendees who have found the mix of autism representation and professionals a refreshing change to usual practitioner-led events. To add to this new format entertainment was also provided by Ed Goodale, an autistic singer/songwriter, as he won the crowds over with his thought-provoking music and exhibited how finding a person’s talent can lead to a successful and happy life.

Photo: Singer sonwriter Ed Goodale at Autism Accreditation Raising Standards Events 2016 October 2016
Above: Ed Goodale, singer songwriter with his guitar

Very good positive event.

Plans for 2017 are underway with a theme around how to promote the autistic 'voice' with focus on how to consult and participate with those that use non-verbal methods of communication. 

Great insight and inspiration.