Critical Perspectives on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)


A PARC meeting will be held at London South Bank University (LSBU) from 4.30-7pm on 15th May, room VG-10 in the K2 building, Keyworth Street. The meeting will involve a number of presentations critically reflecting upon Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). If you would like to attend please email:

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Scottish Autism 50th Anniversary Conference – call for papers


Innovation in Autism Practice: The Future is Calling”, 8th – 9th November 2018, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

Call For Papers

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations we are holding a two day conference which aims to provide a platform for sharing visionary approaches to the development of autism practice.

Our programme will be influenced and informed by a contemporary view that embraces autism as a developmental difference and focuses on a capacity view of the individual. Day one will centre around the culture and context of practice and day two will look at innovation in practice.

We want to engage with others who share our ambition to promote practice based evidence and recognise the value of the lived experience of autistic people. We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster submission on the following topics:

  • Innovative service design and delivery
  • Participation – valuing the lived experience of autistic people
  • Enabling voice and choice
  • Research to practice – models of support that have been informed by research or evaluation
  • Communities of practice that support the development of good autism practice
  • New perspectives on the use of evidence within autism research

By clicking on the link below you will be invited to create an account and submit your oral or poster submission. Click here for Submission Guidelines and Poster Guidelines.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 30th April.

Any enquiries should be directed to Charlene Tait, Director of Autism Practice and Research at

Submit Your Abstract


Autism Assemble / PARC meeting in Plymouth 23rd February 2018


Eventbrite link page, Fri 23th February 2018, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT. Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth.

We are looking for autistic adults in Devon & Cornwall, who want to express themselves and get their voice and experience published, to join us for an exciting workshop based on nationally pioneering work by autistic activists. Continue reading

CeDR Disability Studies Conference Call for Papers including special stream: ‘Critical Dialogues in Neurodiversity’ organised by PARC


The Lancaster Disability Studies conference brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists from around the world, to share and debate research, ideas and developments in disability studies.  Continue reading

Autism In BAME Community Symposium 2018 by Autism Voice UK


April 24th 2018

Register here for this event:

The Autism in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Community symposium organised by Autism Voice United Kingdom offers a timely opportunity for key stakeholders in the services of autism to renew commitment for raising awareness about autism, assess progress, identify gaps, address new and emerging autism challenges in the BAME community. Continue reading

Autism, Identity and Violence – workshop series


The PARC West Midlands convenors are organising three more workshops on Autism, Identity and Violence. The focus of these workshops has been decided on the conversations that took place on the first workshop and are going to focus on Sexuality, Institutionalised Violence and Gender Identity. We are hoping to have local autistic speakers to present on those topics from personal experience and we hope that they are going to spark some very interesting discussions. The workshops are going to take place monthly and they are going to be held at the School of Education. You can find more information about them in the attachment and register for them using the links below:
Talk one: Luke Shorrick, Talk two: Gill Loomes
We hope you can join us in any of these workshops and we look forward to seeing you there!
Dr. Susy Ridout and Marianthi Kourti, PhD Researcher

Guest speaker Dr. Stephen Shore – PARC meeting 15th Jan 2018


We will be holding a meeting on the 15th January 2018 at London South Bank University, K2 Building, Keyworth Street, Room V211, 2-7pm. Places are limited so please email to reserve a place at the event. The theme of the meeting will be ‘Building on our strengths’ and we are glad to say that we will be being joined by Dr. Stephen Shore, who will also be giving a presentation, as well as Dr. Kristie Koenig and students from New York University. Continue reading



Conference – save the date: Friday 18th May.

There is growing interest amongst both autistic and non-autistic academics, but also, and crucially, in autistic (online) community spaces and discussions, concerning the intersection of the autistic experience with sexuality, gender, and identity.  This remains, however, an under-discussed area within academia.  With the current shift in thinking towards explorations of neurodiversity, which celebrates autism as an inseparable part of identity (Kapp et al., 2013), and an increasing awareness of the cultural, social, and political tensions at work around autism, it seems timely to organise a conference on this theme. This conference will be of interest to academics in autism studies, gender and sexuality studies, professionals who work with autistic individuals (psychologists, teachers, support workers etc.), allies and family members of autistic individuals, advocates, and, crucially, autistic individuals themselves. Continue reading