We are a group of both autistic and non-autistic researchers and practitioners based in Sheffield, UK. We have deep interests in the benefits of special forms of Dialogue and the benefits of it in the experience and field of autism. We were formed as a result of discussions in early 2017 between Dr.Liz Milne, director of Sheffield Autism Research Lab and Jonathan Drury, facilitator, research worker and MA Autism student and are currently based within the Sheffield Autistic Society, which is led by Liz Friend.
As well as conducting actual practice sessions, we are in the process of setting up a national network to research the benefits of dialogue for autistic people and communication between the diverse range of autistics, professionals and practitioners.
This website will serve as a central point for announcements, information and your registration for news and events. Autism Dialogue will soon be forming as a charity and we invite anyone who is interested in our work, particularly with skills sets and interests in participatory autism practice, to come forward.
By facilitating Dialogue for as many key people as possible, both living and working in the world of autism, we wish to bridge gaps in the world-view of autism, (including the research to practice gap and between the concepts of medical and social models of disability), work towards a deeper understanding and more unified consensus and improve quality of life for autistic people. If you would like to find out more, please send a message using the contact form. Your name and email will also be added to a private list so we can keep you updated, if you prefer us not to retain your email, please say so.
We are pleased to be supported by and are members of a number of organisations including Sheffield Autistic Society, SHARP (Sheffield Autism Research Partnership), Sheffield Autism Partnership Board, PARC (Participatory Autism Research Collective), ShARL (Sheffield Autism Research Lab) and AoPD (UK Academy of Professional Dialogue).
Read about Dialogue here.