Global Dialogue

ONLINE 2020

Are you an autistic adult, family member of an autistic person or working/studying in Autism?

Zoom Autism Dialogue

Do you have any concerns or interests about the way COVID-19 is impacting you or your work or have more widely related interests in autism?

Would you like to be part of our new community?

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 Dialogue here.

Wherever you are in the world, you can join any session of our exciting, fully interactive online programme, starting June 5th 3.30pm (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?
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Autism Dialogue is an ‘autism-friendly’ environment and has been described by a participant as ‘an autistic space for everyone’. Read more about us here. This particular programme is supported by the Royal Society of Arts to support ‘innovative and impactful responses’ 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

Background

Dialogica is the first organisation in the world to apply Bohmian Dialogue therapeutically, socio-therapeutically and 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

Whilst we have been receiving interest internationally since March 2019, this new series is the real start of an International Autism Dialogue. The internet allows us to do our work easily and research shows people with Asperger Syndrome and (so called) high functioning autism 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.

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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