Autism Dialogue 2019



The Autism Dialogue programme series ‘AD19′ started on March 15th and is now closed for bookings.

AD2020 now being planned!

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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.

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 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.

2019 programme dates (programme now full – no more places available, sorry, although you can still attend our conference on Nov 29th – more details announced here soon)

Quaker Meeting House – video of entering the venue here.

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Dialogue is a specific methodology, which requires some basic understanding. If you have not already, you must read about Autism Dialogue here before you book a place.  Please spend some time absorbing this material we have carefully written.  There is also a page of frequently asked questions here that we strongly encourage you to read.

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.
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Quotes from last year:

“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.