Date and time: 30 March 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm

Venue: Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University, Wrexham, Wales

Cost: Free

About the course

Our Training Team are offering a one-off event to autistic adults who would like to develop their public speaking skills. 

The event will provide a safe space to meet others on the spectrum to share experiences, and learn and practise public speaking within an autism-friendly space.

What will happen on the day?

Sarah Hendrickx

Morning session

This will be delivered by autistic trainer, Sarah Hendrickx (pictured above). Sarah will explore: 

  • practicalities of working as an autism speaker
  • how to get work and get paid
  • lessons learned from experience
  • anxiety about speaking publicly
  • knowing what information to disclose if material is personal
  • discovering your own style of presenting and potential difficulties.

Afternoon session

This will be delivered by The National Autistic Society's Training Consultants. They will provide: 

  • information about talking to diverse groups
  • strategies for managing groups and questions 
  • hints and tips on using PowerPoint
  • experiences from their own training delivery. 

The final part of the day is an opportunity to deliver a short presentation on autism and to listen to others and provide constructive feedback. This presentation can be academic, reflective, and/or utilise life experience. It should be five minutes in length.

Delivering this short presentation is optional. It will give you an opportunity to receive feedback, advice and tips and to practise your public speaking skills in a small group and safe environment.

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the event.

What refreshments will there be?

Beverages and a quiet room will be available on the day. 

A mixture of sandwiches (including vegetarian options) will be provided for lunch.

What travel arrangements are there?

Unfortunately we are not able to help with travel to this event. You will need to make these arrangements yourself.

Requirements to attend? 

The minimum age requirement is 18 years and you should identify as autistic.

How to apply?

Due to popular demand this event is now fully booked, but please still register your interest should there be any cancellations. Please contact online.training@nas.org.uk with the following details:

1. Name and address
2. Do you identify as autistic?
3. Preferred method of communication and those contact details (phone and email)
4. Why you are interested in the event
5. Do you have any previous experience with public speaking?
6. If you are bringing a support person with you (we need to know this for catering and seating reasons)