Autism & Neurodiversity Dialogue
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.
We’ve run programmes since September 2017, that usually meet monthly and we hold an annual conference.
Since March this year, due to the Coronavirus restrictions on social distancing, we have convened weekly Autism Dialogue sessions online, via Zoom. These have been succesful and we have attracted NHS funding.
About our organisation
‘Flow Dialogue’ is a non-profit unincorporated association whose main activities are called Autism Dialogue. Its primary objective is to make life easier, fairer and more enjoyable for autistic people and their families, with facilitated communication work that increases wellbeing and enhances cohesion of the whole autism community, including those working or studying in autism; this is the secondary aim – to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of autistic people across society.
The work facilitates recovery, wellbeing and empowerment for autistic and neurodivergent people of all ages, their families and those wishing to learn first-hand about real experiences, through facilitated group dialogues, leadership and training, talks and events, a membership network and volunteering and employment opportunities for autistic people and the autism community. The name ‘Dialogica‘ is also currently used and supports our work in consultancy, coaching, mentoring and training.
Autism Dialogue has been in active development since 2017, with a wide range of peers, practitioners and professionals, regularly coming together and formulating a brand new range of practices and an ethical, inclusive approach. We are now drafting our own set of guiding principles for ‘The Autism Dialogue Approach’.
Meanwhile, if you have any concerns or questions about us or in particular, regarding the use of the term ‘Autism Dialogue’ and ‘Neurodiversity Dialogue’, or our logo, please get in touch.
We are a member of the Academy of Professional Dialogue and as such, adhere to Professional Standards, a Code of Ethics and a Core Curriculum of knowledge and skills, which are central to the stature of the Academy. “They provide the assurance that Professional Dialogue Practitioners recognised by the Academy are capable, and that they have the skills and know-how to align fragmented organisational and social situations through proven methods.” (AofPD).
Background to Autism Dialogue
After a few years facilitating Dialogue in various settings, Jonathan Drury began to explore the benefits of ‘Bohm Dialogue’ for autistic people and the whole field of autism, reaching out to Professor Liz Milne at Sheffield Autism Research Lab. The first Autism Dialogue in September 2017, which formed a part of Liz’s British Academy funded project, was for professionals and students, to explore together how they might take forward the idea of dialogue for autism. Also in attendance at the first Dialogue were autistic adults, academics, practitioners, a number of PhD students and parents of autistic people. Jonathan then ran a monthly dialogue just for autistic people, which expanded into a public series we called AD18.
Jonathan Drury, founder.
Diagnosed with ‘Asperger Syndrome’ and ADHD in 2014, Jonathan has a BA (Hons) Contemporary Fine Art, a PGCert in Autism Spectrum and PGCert Coaching & Mentoring and certificates in counselling, mediation, healthcare and chaplaincy.
He has a professional background in socially engaged art for personal development (via a combination of art, philosophy and dialogue). He has decades of experience in spirituality-based disciplines and self-improvement methods, and a lifetime of experience of autism, applied in various settings with a wide range of people. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of Academy of Professional Dialogue.