Recordings of Critical Autism Studies Conference 07/06/21 and Autism Journal Club 14/06/21 now available


Recordings from the recent critical autism studies conference held on 07/06/21 and Autism Journal Club 14/06/21 with Amy Pearson and Kieran Rose are now available:

PARC Critical Autism Studies Conference 2021 – YouTube

(6) Tizard Autism Journal Club – ‘A Conceptual Analysis of Autistic Masking’ – YouTube

Autism Ideas Café and Participatory Autism Research Symposium


Bishop Grosseteste University’s LORIC Autism Ideas Café and the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) held a joint Research Symposium event 24th March 2021.

The event saw four participatory autism researchers showcase their research via short presentations and discussions with other researchers in front of an audience of over 70 attendees (many of whom were autistic) who comprised of individuals, allies, professionals and academics from around the world.

Recordings from the event can be found here:

Research topics discussed were:

“The Precariat” is a good name for a band: Autism, employment and the creative industries – Examining the experiences of autistic individuals as they transition from university into employment within the creative industries.

Parents’ stories involving autism diagnosis for their child – Exploring the advantages and disadvantages of having an autism “diagnosis”.

Autistic Teachers – The lived experiences of autistic professionals as they enter, manage, stay in, or exit the profession

Exploring classroom literature from an autistic viewpoint – How lenses of perception can impact on emotional interaction with a text. 

Dr Clare (Kate) Lawrence (Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development at BGU, East Midlands Convener for the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) and L.C.C. Autism Champion) explained that she wasvery excited by our first event as part of the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). This symposium showcased how BGU is embedding participatory autism research into our work through interesting and innovative projects that will further enrich and widen understanding of autism”.

This event was funded by the Research England Strategic Priorities Fund.

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:

Meanwhile, in America: From “Combating Autism” to “Autism CARES,” The Language Has Evolved. What About the Substance?


By Alessandra Suuberg

This fall in the United States, the federal government allocated $1.8 billion to autism research, authorizing a five-year extension of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act[1]. Continue reading