Autism Online Journal Club Update 9.12.20


Due to very high interest in the Online Journal Club on the 16th December, we have made a change to the registration and the Zoom link. Please do not try to access the Journal Club by the old Zoom link. 

We ask that those who are interested in attending the session please email Dr Jill Bradshaw at . You will then receive the new Zoom link and details on how to join the session via email. 

We apologise for this change and look forward to seeing those who attend on the 16th December. 

Krysia Waldock

Autism Online Journal Club


Date and time: 16th December 2020, 16:00-17:00 London time

This is our first Autism Online Journal Club. Our aim is to provide a platform to showcase good autism research.

Our first presentation will be by Dr Damian Milton.  Damian works as a part-time lecturer at the University of Kent.  He has been teaching in the further/ higher education sectors since 2000 in a range of subject areas relating to autism and learning disabilities. 

Damian will be presenting a co-authored paper on ‘A critical reflection on the development of Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC)’. Following a short presentation, there will be an opportunity for discussion.

  1. How can we as a research community build small steps toward participation, yet at the same time avoid tokenistic gestures?
  2. How do we help each other with the emotional labour of being an autistic researcher researching autism (taking into account how we are often written about)?
  3. How can we access funding and work with allies?
  4. What are the potential benefits of being an ‘outsider researcher’?

People will be able to take part in discussions verbally or using the chat function.

Emerald has provided the paper in free access until 31st December 2020:

Free attendance.  Please click on the link to join

Meeting ID: 853 0095 3489  Passcode: 294214

For more information please email

Connecting and networking online


1st December 2020 

Following the postponement of the PARC conference and other face to face activity, we would like to encourage members of PARC, and those interested in attending PARC events, to comment or contact us with their areas of research or wider interest. We would like to put people in contact with others in a similar research and wider interest area. We are aware some people may already know each other, and this would support the aim of us connecting and networking online together. 

Our hope is these groups can meet, have discussions, encourage each other and possibly work together if the occasion arose (e.g. funding bids, research projects). Another possibility is for these groups to meet to discuss research in the form of a reading group. In the current climate, this is likely to be online, however in the future we hope to be able to convene these on a face to face basis.

We would like this to be as organic and natural as possible, so people can meet via the software or communicative means which is best for them. 

One of these groups that will be starting is a new Journal Club. This Journal Club will be hosted by the Tizard Centre and PARC in partnership, focusing on autism, participatory research and critical autism studies. This will take the form of a reading and discussion group. People who have attended PARC events in the past are welcome, as are people who have not attended before. Both academics and those not currently in academia are welcome. It will run for the first time on the 16th December 2020 at 4pm on Zoom. We hope to run it bimonthly. Further information will be posted about this first event soon. 

We hope we can bring people together who may not have met otherwise, and create communities which encourage their members, and develop creative and new ideas. 

Krysia Waldock and Damian Milton

Postponement of PARC conference / encouragement of online activity


We are sorry to announce that we will be postponing the PARC Critical Autism Studies Conference that was scheduled for June 2nd 2020, probably until into the new year. With the cancellation and postponement of face-to-face events this year, we would like to encourage the PARC network to think creatively about sharing their ideas and work online.

Understanding PDA workshop – University of Nottingham


Tuesday April 21st 2020 10am-4pm University of Nottingham.

The Autism Research Team at the University of Nottingham are organising a workshop on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in collaboration with PARC (Participatory Autism Research Collective) members Damian Milton and Richard Woods.

Eventbrite page for registration click here. Continue reading

Representations of autism – research workshop


A one day workshop on representations of autism in cinema. 10am-4pm Monday 20th April 2020 at Queen Mary, University of London. This workshop is part of the Autism and Cinema project. For more information, please contact Vicki Thornton ( or visit

Eventbrite link for event registration click here. Continue reading

Living a good autistic life – Wenn Lawson. First of series of events to celebrate PARC’s 5th Birthday.


To begin our celebrations of five years of PARC, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Wenn Lawson who will be presenting on the topic of ‘living a good autistic life’. 5-7pm Room V211 London South Bank University, Tuesday 24th March 2020. Admission is free but places will be limited. To book a place please email  Continue reading

Survey of autistic school staff working in an education role in the UK


Below is a short, anonymous online survey for autistic adults who either work, or have worked in an education role in a school in the UK. This is a pilot survey, the aim of which is to get an initial idea of the sorts of education roles which autistic people have in schools and the kinds of issues they face. I hope that the survey will enable me to develop a more detailed and in-depth project on this issue in the future, for which I will be seeking funding. The overall idea is to understand better what needs to be done to help autistic school staff in their work and careers and enable better recruitment and retention of autistic staff, which in turn could benefit autistic children too.
This survey was itself devised with significant input from a committee of three autistic adults (two teachers and one who visits schools in a professional capacity), who agreed the final version. It has also been agreed following the rigorous ethical review processes of King’s College London.

Please note that the survey is live until 22nd December 2019.

Thanks, Dr Rebecca Wood.

The link is here: