Remember: Autism Dialogue Conference this Friday, 14th December, in Sheffield

Details about the Autism Dialogue Conference in Sheffield can be found at


Potential PhD opportunity to explore autistic children’s communications of friendship

The Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University is seeking applications for a fully funded potential PhD study into how autistic children communicate desire for friendship and how these are responded to by those around them. More information can be found at:

David Panther’s Autism Acceptance Course, Sheffield, 14th and 18th November

Please note that this is not a SHARP event

David Panther is delivering an ‘Autism Acceptance Course’  which will take place on Wednesday 14th November from 9am to 11am (light refreshments from 8.30am) and on Sunday 18th November from 3pm to 5pm (light refreshments from 2.30pm). If you would like to attend either event please email to let Mark know. There is no charge for attending the event but a donation of £5 on the day is requested from those who can spare it, to help cover costs.

VENUES:  Wednesday 14th November  –  Cinema 1, The Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX.  For refreshments from 8.30am, we will meet in the Showroom Bar, which can be entered from a wheelchair accessible entrance on Paternoster Row (see attached photograph) directly opposite the entrance to well signed ‘HUBS’ building.  There is a vehicle drop off zone outside of the venue, and meter parking is available off Arundel Street and adjacent roads.  Public transport information and a detailed map of the area can be sent to you, on request.

Sunday 18th November – The Function Room at The Gardeners Rest, 105 Neepsend Lane, Sheffield S3 8AT. For refreshments from 2.30pm, we will meet in The Gardeners Rest bar, which can be entered from the main entrance to the pub on Neepsend Lane (see attached photograph). There is free on road parking on Boyland Street almost opposite the front of The Gardeners Rest (see attached photograph). Public transport information and a detailed map of the area can be sent to you, on request.  Please note that the Function Room is  up a flight of stairs and not wheel chair accessible.

Testimonials and Feedback


“David is fully committed to raising acceptance of autism. Everything he presents is grounded in academic based knowledge and research. His lived experience of being autistic in a neuro-typical world will be invaluable to any autism ‘awareness’ event.”

– Christine Breakey (Company Director at Spectrum First Ltd)

“David has a wealth of information on autism and being autistic in our society from both an academic and personal perspective. This means he can present well researched details surrounding the issues to do with policies and procedures: he can also explain from the inside how stressful this society makes life if you are autistic. You can also witness for yourself how well an autistic person can communicate with an audience, without much eye contact!”

– Tricia Ware (”Sharing Lives” Carer)

“David’s presentation gives a true insight into the lived experience of an autistic person. It is a valuable illustration of why Autism Awareness is not enough. We all can travel further together to embrace Autism Acceptance. I highly recommend that you should come with an open mind and listen to the truth of what David is explaining to us.”

– Phil Cooney (Chair, Sheffield Autistic Society)


“he has achieved the result of helping neurotypicals experience different perspectives”

“the severity of everyday life in a neurotypical society powerfully delivered by David”

“I have a low concentration threshold but was captivated for nearly 2 hours”

“Obviously from the heart and deeply felt. Also very well researched and backed up”

“It made me think more about how society can and should adapt to the needs of autistic people, rather than the other way round”


Digital creativity workshops in Sheffield for people on the autistic spectrum

Please note that this is not a SHARP event

Digital creativity workshops in Sheffield for people on the autistic spectrum

Access Space is pleased to announce new workshops for Autumn 2018 at our Sidney Street premises in central Sheffield.

You are welcome to pass on this email to anyone who might be interested

FREE workshops, run by experienced staff.

Suited to different levels of ability.

Small, supportive groups (limited attendance numbers).

Talking about designing, leading on to laser cutting/engraving (with support) to make your design in paper, wood or plastic.

Friday 9th November, from 11am-1pm

Friday 16th November, from 11am-1pm

For more details, or to apply for places, please email or phone. The following details will be needed:

  • Who wants to attend? (Name, Contact Address, Email / Telephone)
  • Will carer/parent/guardian/friend be accompanying? (Depending on participants’ abilities)
  • Brief details of participants’ abilities, and any sensory issues.

Participants, carers, parents, guardians and friends are welcome to visit Access Space, by arrangement, before deciding, please get in touch:

Jonathan Cook

Tel 0114 2495522 (Best time is Wed/Thur p.m. or leave a message)
Access Space, Unit 1, AVEC Building, 3-7 Sidney St. Sheffield S1 4RG

UK Registered Charity No. 1103837


Invitation to the Autism Dialogue Inaugural Conference

14th December 2018.  9.30am – 5pm.
Quaker Meeting House, 10 Saint James’ Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW.

Autism Dialogue is an autistic-peer-led practice community who have been meeting monthly for the past 18 months.  We apply the essentials of a well established group dialogue methodology (Bohm Dialogue) to the field of autism. Autism Dialogue aims to improve well-being, deepen understanding and improve cohesion of the autism community.  All members of the autism community are welcome to apply to join our programmes.

This is an invitation to join us at our conference, to celebrate the first 18 month stage of our work, and learn about the benefits of dialogue methodology for autistic people and the autism community, research and practice initiatives, challenges and visions for the future. As a group, we will discuss the elementals of dialogue, key areas of priority, research and potential areas of implementation for autism.

You will hear talks from members including autistic delegates, academics, family members and therapists.  You will also be able to take part in a dialogue session and a Q&A panel and network with key professionals from all areas.

This is the first time the Bohm Dialogue method has been applied in the field of Autism and we hope you can join us.

Thank you.

quaker meeting house sheffield

Eventbrite book here

Students 20% off code: STUDENT20




14th December 2018.  9.30am – 5pm.
Quaker Meeting House, 10 Saint James’ Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

Autism Dialogue was initiated by Jonathan Drury – see member profiles.