AD20: Autism Dialogue 2020

circle of chairs“It is both epistemologically, as well as ethically problematic if the autistic voice is not heard in relation to social scientific research seeking to further develop knowledge of autism. Ever since autism first emerged, it has remained medicalised and almost exclusively the preserve of non-autistic researchers.” (Chown, Robinson, Beardon et al. 2017)

Welcome to our third annual programme!

Autistic adults, friends and family, supporters, organisational practitioners, academics and educators are encouraged to join a safe space where multiple perspectives are held and to learn experientially, the benefits of Professional Dialogue, to together address the crises we all face.

Only with Dialogue can we expect to truly meet each other and discover together how to address fundamental problems and replace them with collective human potential and success.

We aim to narrow the autism research to practice gap, dispel some of the myths and hasten the focus on strengths-based approaches, away from deficit models of autism, using Professional Dialogue. The Autism Dialogue approach has been developed by a core team of mostly autistic people and continues to evolve.

Be at the heart of the creation of powerful and empowering autism communities.

Limited to 24 places only.

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We always try to make our events as universally ‘autism-friendly’ as possible and there are quiet areas in the building. The building is full wheelchair accessible.

A video of walking into the building is here

the world needs dialogue book cover‘Autism Dialogue’ chapter by Jonathan Drury is included in the first volume from Dialogue Publications, ‘The World Needs Dialogue. One: Gathering the Field’, a collection of 19 essays from professional dialogue practitioners. Buy a copy here.

“We are not creatures who merely acquire and use language. Instead, we are in and through language, constituted and continually re-constituted via our participatory sense-making.” – Prof. Mark Johnson, University of Oregon, 2019


Chown, N., Robinson, J., Beardon, L., et al (2017) Improving research about us, with us: a draft framework for inclusive autism research, Disability & Society, 32:5, 720-734, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1320273