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Spectrum - A summit on the past, present and future of autism in Ireland

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Croke Park Conference Centre

Croke Park

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This conference has been organised by a unique partnership between Inspire, Cork Association for Autism and Irish Society for Autism. Working together our three organisations aim to create a day to celebrate how far the movement for the inclusion of people with autism has come, reflect on current success and barriers to developement and look to the future with optimism and determination.

This conference is an opportunity for us to listen to the challenges we face, how we can overcome them together and how we can share our hopes and ideas for Autism in Ireland.

The impact and UNCRDP, demand for respite, community services, choices at 16+, the role of technology and impact of regulation are just some of the issues on the agenda.


Who should attend?

The conference aims to attract decision makers, public respresentatives, commissioners, regulators, campaigners, human rights activists, service delivery organisations, health and social care professionals and people with autism and their familes and carers.

This will be an autism friendly event with sensory/quiet room, visual note taker, no background distractions and a relaxed conversational tone.

  • Free Parking

  • Free WIFI

  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the day

  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch

  • Complimentary meeting spaces available throughout the day

*If your organisation would prefer us to send you an invoice please send your request, stating your name, organisation name and the number of tickets you require to spectrum@inspirewellbeing.ie

We have a limited number of complimentary tickets for people with autism and/or their carers please contact s.butterly@inspirewellbeing.ie to register for these tickets.

What will be happening on the day?

9.30am Registration, breakfast and

10.15am Opening Remarks: Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State for Disability issues

10.30am Gamechangers, Autism in Ireland – the journey so far and the social history of autism in Ireland

Speakers: Mr Ken Kerr, Senior Psychologist, HSE Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and Professor Owen Barr, Professor of Nursing and Intellectual Disabilities Ulster University

Focusing on pivotal game changing ideas our panel will discuss the policies, campaigns, legislation, and research that helped shape services for people with autism in Ireland.

11.15am Table conversation and Question and Answer Session

11.30am Autism Now: Panel discussion on the key issues facing autism servcies in Ireland today

Our panel: Marcella McBride, HSE, Dr Mary-Ann O'Donovan, Trinity College Dublin, Cormac Coyle, Director of Services Inspire, Dr Damien Hughes, Consultant in Learning Disability, Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Belfast

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Tenx4 - Big ideas for the future of Autism Hosted by Brian Healy, CAA

Four people will take 10 minutes each to share their ideas for the future including - No one left behind: Building an inclusive movement for inclusion, the role of technology and how to get to a time when people with autism have rights without all the fights.

2.30pm Refreshment Break

2.45pm Keynote address: Life, Animated: A Tale of Autism & Hidden Potential - Ron Suskind

One of America’s most treasured journalists, best-selling author Ron Suskind brings a Renaissance man’s breadth of knowledge and experiences to the speaking stage. His keynotes and mainstage conversations with notable leaders in the financial world draw upon a career as a Pulitzer-Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter. Combining a remarkable ability to simplify complex and high-level subject matter with a gift for engaging, entertaining and genuine rapport with audiences, Suskind’s presentations are a showcase for one of the most talented storytellers of our time. Suskind’s works are frequently characterized by his passion for giving a voice to the voiceless. This is evident in his most recent best-seller, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, which was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated documentary. Life, Animated tells the story of his youngest son, Owen, who, after being diagnosed with autism, found a way to reengage with the world around him. Seizing upon Owen’s love of animated Disney movies, the Suskind family re-enacted the films with him, pioneering a now-widely acknowledged method of emulative communication known as Affinity Therapy.

Followed by Question and Answer session with Ron Suskind

4.15pm Closing remarks Peter McBride Inspire



FAQs

*If your organisation would prefer us to send you an invoice please send your request, stating your name, organisation name and the number of tickets you require to spectrum@inspirewellbeing.ie

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Any queries or questions please contact Sandra Butterly at s.butterly@inspirewellbeing.ie

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please bring your printed ticket to this event

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes the name on the ticket is transferable

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Croke Park Conference Centre

Croke Park

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Ireland

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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