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Ageing and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Life course changes, well-being and service needs in later life




This event is suitable for practitioners, researchers, clinicians, policy makers and individuals from the autism community.

The Autism Research Group at City, University of London, is pleased to announce the second event in this free public seminar series. This one-day event on Ageing and Autism is aimed at clinicians, service providers and policy makers.

The aim of this seminar is to raise the awareness of ageing as an important issue for autism and to highlight some of the important work that is being in this area. The morning sessions will include short presentations about quality of life, mental health and cognitive changes in later life, followed by afternoon discussions groups on these topics to discuss strategies for tackling some of the most pressing needs of autistic adults as they grow older.

TIMINGS AND SCHEDULE (pdf) – may be subject to change

Speakers will include Prof Dermot Bowler (City, University of London) who will talk about the importance of research and clinical support for ageing and autism. Prof. Hilde Geurts (University of Amsterdam, Dutch Autism Research Center) and David Mason (Newcastle University) will talk about issues related to quality of life in older autistic adults, and Amanda Roestorf (City, University of London, ‘The Ageing with Autism Project’) will talk about longitudinal work being done around mental health, comorbidity and cognitive ageing in older autistic adults.

Ian Dale (National Autistic Society) and Jon Spiers (Autistica) will provide information about residential and support services, and the policy issues related to healthcare and service provision for older autistic adults.

Michael Baron (Autism Advocate, Co-Founder of the National Autistic Society) will speak to the life course changes in autism and challenges of caring for older autistic adults who are non-verbal or unable to advocate for themselves.

Structured discussions in the afternoon will aim to identify the most pressing issues that need to be addressed in relation to ageing and ASD. Prof. Patricia Howlin (University of Sydney, Australia) will summarise the presentations and discussions in closing comments.

This event is free* to attend but spaces are limited so please register for space using the Sign Up button above. If you have any accessibility needs you can let us know on the registration form.

Please let us know when booking if you plan to be involved in all of the seminar or just the morning or afternoon sessions. This information will help us plan the day's event and to accommodate our delegates as best as possible.

If you are unable to attend this event, but would like to contribute to the discussion on priorities for ageing and Autism, then please complete this short survey.

*This seminar series is made possible by funding from City, University of London Higher Education Impact Fund (HEIF) for Knowledge Transfer.

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When & where

9.00am - 4.30pmTuesday 25th July 2017

B200 University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

Contact Details

City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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