Global Dialogue

AUTISM DIALOGUES FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Registration for our second autism community dialogues of 2020 is now open. THE NEW SEASON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 25th – PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE YOU click here to register.

Are you an autistic adult, family member of an autistic person or working/studying in Autism? We are an intentional community who, by thinking together, aim for deeper understanding and social cohesion in autism and neurodivergent life.
You are welcome to join us.

Zoom Autism Dialogue

Are you feeling isolated?
Do you care about someone who is impacted by COVID-19?
Do you have concerns or interests about the way COVID-19 is impacting you or your work in autism?
Do you have other interests and concerns you want to share?

Would you like to be part of our safe, new community made up of autistic people and non-autistic people, whose aim is to learn from each other?

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.
Learn more about our Dialogue Model here.

Wherever you are in the world, you can join any session of our exciting, fully interactive online programme, starting September 25th, 2pm – 4.45pm (UK time). Meet, share and learn with others in a safe, professionally-run Dialogic online environment.
Read on to register…

Up to 40 free places are available at each session.
And you can attend as many or as few as you wish.

Joining Requirements

The series is open to autistic people, family members/carers, academics and those working in the field, anywhere in the world.

You need to be 18 or over and should have the ability to use the internet and hear, listen and understand basic English language*

Understand these simple ‘ground rules’:
– Voice (if you speak, speak truthfully)
– Listen (to oneself and each other)
– Respect (oneself and each other)
– Suspend judgement and assumption

These are from the ‘Dialogue Practices
* Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods that can provide audial output in English are explicitly welcome.

Are you ready to enrol?
Ask a question here.

Autism Dialogue is an ‘autism-friendly’ environment. We are currently providing an innovative and impactful response to autism during the Covid-19 global pandemic.

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

If you have read and understood this page you can register to join our dialogues here. The membership fee for our AD2020-2021 Winter season is just £30 (for six two-hour sessions and a range of other benefits). Register now.

Background

Dialogica is the first organisation in the world to apply Bohmian Dialogue specifically to the field of autism. It was set up in 2017 by Jonathan Drury, himself diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, and Professor Liz Milne (University of Sheffield). According to the New Economics Foundation, connecting with others is the most effective way of staying healthy (2020).  Research also shows that autistic people are four times more likely to be lonely than non-autistic people and are more likely to experience social anxiety (National Autistic Society, 2018).

Autism Dialogue is a registered trademark.

Read ‘Professional Dialogue for Autism’ article on the RSA website.

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Royal Society of Arts Fellowship

The internet allows us to do our work easily and research shows people with Asperger Syndrome and (so called) high functioning autism (in this context) are comfortable using the internet for communication purposes (Benford and Standen, 2009). We also work locally since 2017 and recently secured funding from the NHS in Sheffield. The connection between local and international beneficiaries is important to our developments of perceived cultural differences in autism and this new funding will help build a conceptual framework for proper international scaling, whilst remaining sensitive to trans-national and trans-cultural differences.

We hope you can join us! Register now or Ask a question.

References

Benford, Penny & Standen, Pj. (2009). The Internet: A comfortable communication medium for people with Asperger syndrome (0S) and high functioning autism (HFA)?. Journal of Assistive Technologies. 3. 44-53. 10.1108/17549450200900015.

National Autistic Society (2018). Hidden crisis: Autistic people four times more likely to be lonely than general public (30 April 2018) https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2018-04-25-hidden-crisis-autism-and-loneliness.aspx

New Economics Foundation (2020). Five Ways to Wellbeing at a time of Social Distancing. https://neweconomics.org/2020/03/five-ways-to-wellbeing-at-a-time-of-social-distancing