2nd Autism Dialogue Conference 2019

circle of 12 empty comfy chairs

The Second Autism Dialogue Conference – Nov 29th, 2019.

Quaker Meeting House, St.James St, Sheffield S1 2EW.

Limited tickets on sale from
29th October, 9am

By invitation only. Expressions of Interest see below.

You are invited to attend this unique event where together we will develop our understanding and articulacy about the value of Professional Dialogue and engage with Autism Dialogue participants and a wide range of individuals, organisations and communities in the field of Autism.

The day will have a multi-disciplinary, taught and dialogic approach, where together we aim to narrow the research to practice gap, dispel some of the myths and hasten the focus on strengths-based approaches, away from deficit models.

Researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators and leaders from autism support networks are encouraged to contribute to in a space where multiple perspectives are held and to learn experientially about the benefits of Professional Dialogue, to address our crisis in communication.

Hear from past autistic and non-autistic delegates in a professionally safe, ethical and compassionate space. Contribute to the vision and get involved in planning the next steps and our future together.

Please note, on the previous day (28th) there will be a private event for Autism Dialogue participants and Academy of Professional Dialogue members only, who will then support our work at this event on the 29th.

Fri 29th Nov Itinerary:

9.30am-12:30pm:

  • Welcome, introductions and Check-in
  • Why Dialogue? Why Autism Dialogue?

12.30pm- 1.30pm:

  • Vegetarian lunch.

1:30–4:30pm

  • Skills for Autism Dialogue.
  • Dialogue integration in our lives, families, organisations and autism communities.
  • Systemic Change – What is a Dialogic Organisation and what impact would a Dialogic organisation have on Autistic people
  • Interested? What next?

4.30pm check-out and close

Limited tickets on sale from
29th October, 9am.

  • If you would like to attend the conference and have not already received an invitation, please email an Expression of Interest to jonathan@flowdialogue.org – Please include the name of your organisation or institution and one or two sentences about your background and your reasons for wishing to attend. We will send you the link for purchasing tickets.
  • New book! The first volume from Dialogue Publications has just been launched. It is called ‘The World Needs Dialogue’ and is a collection of 19 essays including Autism Dialogue by Jonathan Drury. Copies will be on sale on the day.

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Quaker Meeting House – video of entering the venue here.

Audio and video from 2018 conference here

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Public AD2020 now being planned!

Are you autistic? Do you identify as autistic? Are you a family-carer or work or research in autism and over 18?  If you are, you are welcome to join us and be part of a growing community, whose aims are ultimately to improve life for all autistic people.  We believe that a holistic approach, involving a wide range of people, is the best way to do this and of course you will hopefully benefit in many ways.

Private enquiries to: jonathan@flowdialogue.org

Dialogue is easy to learn because it has its roots in ancestral story sharing, which we all used to do!

Read more about our approach here.

Quaker Friends Meeting House Sheffield
The Autism Dialogue meeting room (Sheffield Quaker Centre)

Our public dialogue sessions are held in Sheffield, UK in a comfortable, autism-friendly room at the Quaker Centre (pictured). For refuge, there is a quiet area just outside of the room and Sheffield’s lovely and peaceful cathedral is very nearby.

Sessions are generally found to be enjoyable and engaging, sometimes emotional and frustrating – this is part of the work we do, supporting each other through the process.  Our work has delegates coming from a wide range of interesting backgrounds and places, autistic and non-autistic, not usually found together.

Please subscribe to get latest updates via email here.

Dialogue is a specific methodology, which requires some basic understanding. Please read about Autism Dialogue here.  There is also a page of frequently asked questions here.

Some points to read.

  • Places on Autism Dialogue programmes are strictly limited so if you are unsure about taking part in, please do not book a place or get in touch.
  • If you are new to Dialogue but nervous about attending, we encourage you to attend the first session of a series, to see if you like it, then continue.
  • Some basic material will be sent to you via email beforehand and will be repeated verbally at the start of the sessions. Some FAQ are here and the four Dialogic Practices are here.
  • You must have ability and willingness to support the group’s aims, which is made up of about twenty adults (including the facilitators), many of whom are autistic.  Some of the attendees will have attended previous sessions, some will have not.
  • Please be aware this is a safe, community, peer-support method and not a research or therapy environment.  We comply with safeguarding policy of the Sheffield Autistic Society.
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Quotes from delegates:

“What a wonderful group of people. I can’t really adequately describe the combination of compassion, respect, affinity and engagement with others that I’ve had – it seems somewhat unique.” 

“Attending Autism Dialogue for the first time was a wonderful experience and I would enthusiastically recommend it to other autistic adults who would like to have an open and compassionate discussion about autism, their own experiences and lives, and the ways that autism can be approached, shared, and even celebrated.”

More quotes here.

Further information and booking will be announced.

Anyone who has any personal concerns about autism, please go to: (National Autistic Society are not connected to us).

DISCLAIMER: Autism Dialogue is the name for a peer-led community discussion exercise. The organisers make no claim to be experts in autism or dialogue methodology whatsoever, they are volunteers acting in an independent capacity and are not responsible for any matters arising (whether personal, mental or physical, including loss or damage of property) as a consequence of anyone attending the meetings described. View our safeguarding policy here.  The Quaker Meeting House has its own building rules and regulations, which you can obtain from their office. We are members of the Academy of Professional Dialogue and Sheffield Autistic Society.