Autism and Ethics Conference, National Autistic Society (Inverness)

Autism and Ethics conference Friday May 16th 2014

Doors open 9am for 9.20 am start, finishes 4.45pm

Smithton Church, Murray Road, Inverness. IV2 7YU

ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland), in partnership with the National Autistic Society Scotland are delighted to be holding an Autism and Ethics conference from the Autistic perspective; all the main speakers at this conference are Autistic. With thanks to The Highland Health and Social Care partnership for supporting this event.

Chair: Kabie Brook (Chair, ARGH: Autism Rights Group Highland), co-chair Mark Lever (Chief Executive, the National Autistic Society).

Presentations will include:

  • Dr. Wendy Lawson: ‘Autism spectrum conditions (ASC), ethics and issues of gender.’
  • Dr. Dinah Murray: ‘Ethical Ethics.’
  • Dr. Yo Dunn: ‘Meaningful involvement in organising our own support – ethical issues.’
  • Damian Milton: ‘So what exactly are autism interventions, intervening with?’
  • Larry Arnold: ‘Doing ethics the university way, is it enough?’

We have chosen autism and ethics as the theme for this conference. Ethics is not just about theory: ethical concerns directly affect the down-to-earth everyday lives of Autistic people and their families, and the practitioners who work with us. Ethics is central to today’s person centred approaches that focus on quality of life and personal empowerment, as well as to best practice in research. This conference aims to step away from theory and achieve a practical understanding of what ethics in relation to autism practice really means. We hope to promote discussion and build bridges between attendees from across the autism community. This is a unique opportunity for parents, carers, Autistic people, practitioners, researchers and others to hear Autistic people speaking as experts in their field and to promote discussion and networking with the other attendees. We would also like to give the chance for reflection and strengthening of identity and networks to Autistic people on their own terms.

Expected audience: Autistic people, parents, paid and unpaid carers, practitioners, researchers, other professionals and the general public.

What to expect if you come along: Lunch is provided, there will be breaks throughout the day and a quiet room will be available.

Cost: £25 (reduced rate of £12.50 for people on out of work benefits / income support).

How to book: send payment, (postal order, or cheque made payable to ‘Autism Rights Group Highland’), a stamped addressed envelope for return of tickets, phone number or email address and a note of how many tickets you require at which rate, plus any access requirements including dietary requirements if relevant to: 22 Wester Inshes Place, Inverness, IV2 5HZ.

For payment online and more information, see

Note: unfortunately we have to charge additional fees for online payment.

ARGH members should contact us direct before booking.


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