Autism Show graphic with date and location for this year's event 

ExCeL London: 14 - 15 June 2019
NEC Birmingham: 21 - 22 June 2019
EventCity Manchester: 28 - 29 June 2019

Tickets for this year's Autism Show, the national event for autism, are now on sale on The Autism Show website. Visitors booking their tickets early, can make a 20 percent saving on the door price, and secure their presence at the largest event dedicated to autism in the UK.

Please note, the National Autistic Society does not own The Autism Show. Our charity is a partner of the event. We work with the show organisers to help deliver an event that aims to support the needs of autistic people, their families and professionals. 

About the show

The Autism Show will be returning to London, Birmingham and Manchester in June. If you're looking for practical help and support pre or post diagnosis, are facing daily challenges, or approaching significant transition points, then we would recommend that you visit the show.

At the show, you can pick and choose from over 100 hours of talks, clinics and workshops, plus hundreds of specialist products and services. Once inside the event, all content is free to access and CPD certified for professionals. 

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Hear from autism specialists

On the Friday, which has an education focus, Sharonne Horlock, Strategic Leader at SEND, will be speaking on effective support for autistic children in mainstream schools; Dr Dido Green, Specialist Research Occupational Therapist at Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be discussing how to support pupils with sensory difficulties; and Professor Francesca Happé, Director of the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King's College London will be exploring how women and girls on the autism spectrum are mis-diagnosed and misunderstood.

Meanwhile on the Saturday, with a focus on the home environment, speakers include Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern, Presenters of Channel 4's Are You Autistic?, who will be examining mental health strategies, including the positive effects of stimming and embracing special interests; Gareth Hardman, Challenging Behaviour Lead at the National Autistic Society will be speaking on how to deal with challenging behaviour at home and providing a selection of tips and strategies; and the author and autistic adult with a quickly growing following, Michael Barton, supplying personal insights into navigating education and employment.

This year’s full new programme is now live on the Autism Show website. Please visit the website for more details.

Top tips from autistic vloggers

The Autism Show can get very busy and noisy, and might be difficult for some autistic people to visit. The show organisers have made adjustments where possible to make the show more accessible, in having wider than usual aisles, clear signage, dimmed lighting and a quiet room available.

We reached out to some of our content creators who have attended the Autism Show in the past to share some of their top tips for autistic people visiting the shows.

Sez

  • If this is your first time to the Autism Show, don’t be afraid to try something new that’s out of your comfort zone. When I first went, I wasn’t sure what to do since I never had access to or had things like being inside a lantern room. When I did, I felt so secure and comfortable. I was surprised; I never thought it would’ve been possible for me but it was so wonderful. I never wanted to come out! Its great fun and you get to know more about yourself.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions; a lot of individuals on the stalls you visit, at the lectures you watch and on various teams will be happy to answer anything from fidget spinners to education. When I went to visit a few last year and the year before, I found a lot of things that were happening at the time and what things were available to access for autistic individuals. I’m sure they’ll be more this year but keep a look out and have a notebook at the ready - you may want to take notes.
  • You’ll make new friends at the show; there’ll be people who love to interact with you (content creators included) and you may have things in common like the same interests and hobbies.

Connor

  • Bring any aids that you feel may help you (Sunglasses, ear plugs etc.)
  • Watch vlogs of people who have attended in the past to build up an idea of how the day goes.
  • Set reminders on your phone to eat and drink. It can be very busy with lots going on so you can easily lose track of time whilst in the hall and in doing that, it’s really easy to forget to eat and drink which isn’t good for anyone.

Andy

  • Get as much information about the event as you can. There are YouTube videos I watched from the 2017 shows that showed what the Autism Show is all about. I attended the Birmingham Autism Show in 2018 and because I saw those videos from the year before, I didn't feel as nervous about attending and I knew what to expect.
  • Talking to others who have been to the event can really help. For me I asked a few people what the shows are like and what to expect which gave me an even better understanding of how the day would go. Especially if it's from someone that you know, it can provide reassurance to you.
  • If you need to take a break, you are able to come in and out as much as you want. This is probably one of the best features of the show. It can be very busy and chaotic despite how amazing it feels to be connected with other autistic people. I kept coming in and out of the event last year as my anxiety was generally higher than normal. But it was really lovely having that freedom to come and go as I pleased.

Autism topics and approaches

Positioned in the centre of the show lies the Hub Theatre 1, where you can hear autistic speakers share their thoughts and experiences on a wide range of topics including sex and relationships; strategies for regulating anxiety; learning social skills and developing self awareness; the benefits and dangers of being online; and living with ASD.

What's more, many of the speakers from the Hub Theatre 1 will be available to speak to in the Autism Meets area, in association with PARC, after their talks.

Next door in the Hub Theatre 2, you can discover a huge choice of strategies and approaches from specialist professionals. Subjects covered include managing transitions within and out of education; how to find the right school; overcoming the barriers to employment; residential care – yes or no; using apps to create social stories, visual timetables and independent living sequences; navigating the SEN maze; estate planning; and the transition into adult services.

Wireless headphones are provided to visitors in all theatres and relevant features, to reduce sound levels in the venue, helping those with sensory processing difficulties.

One to one clinics

Visitors wanting personalised advice, can book onsite, a free 30-minute session with a specialist advisor in a one to one clinic. Subjects covered include managing challenging behaviour, independent advice on special educational needs, speech and language and occupational therapy.

How to book tickets

To book your tickets, simply visit The Autism Show website and save 20 percent.

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