Autism

Thank you to everyone who took part in our programmes in 2020.

New community Autism Dialogue season:
Friday 25th September. 3pm – 5pm

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By working within a whole-worldview of Autism, Dialogue can facilitate recovery, wellbeing and empowerment for autistic people and their families at the same time as addressing universal, systemic issues in practice, research and public attitudes.

“I’ve never seen an event of this kind for and with Autistic people that was so calm and inclusive.”
– Ian Dale, Head of Research, National Autistic Society.

Dialogue creates shared meaning, values and a sense of community that supports joint action and the creation of culture. David Bohm

By facilitating Dialogue groups for people both living and working in the worlds of autism, our aim is to help bridge gaps in its world-view, work towards a deeper understanding and more unified consensus, and therefore help provide a better quality of life for autistic people and a brighter, fairer world.Autism is an ideal focus for Dialogue, because of a perceived growing disparity between viewpoints and a growing feeling among autistic people who feel unrepresented and overlooked in research (Pellicano et al. 2013).

Often views can be polarised and expressed via social media, providing little scope for nuanced discussion and active listening. We believe that Dialogue is highly beneficial in the realm of autism, and that it has the potential to make a positive difference in the way autism is understood by all. A principle of Dialogue is that individuals try to build upon others’ ideas so that new knowledge and a collective understanding can be formed.

Everyone is welcomed as a part of a whole autism worldview.

In this respect, Dialogue could play an important role in accelerating discussion via a common understanding and increasing social and professional cohesion of the whole autism arena and beyond.

Autism Dialogue is a phenomenon of our time and how we really got started. It has been functioning in Sheffield, England since 2017 and since 2019 on Zoom too. Join in the Autism Dialogue now.

IMPORTANT – Before you enter an Autism Dialogue, it is imperative that you understand what it is. In addition, we ask that you have a connection to autism – although you’re not committed to reveal it, it will be assumed you are autistic and/or a family member/carer and/or you work and/or study in autism.

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Pellicano, L., Dinsmore, A., & Charman, T. (2013). A Future Made Together: Shaping autism research in the UK.