Here’s another perspective (as referenced by Ann in part 2 of her blog post series) of the NAS conference.
Maybe it’s time for us (autistics) to stand up and talk about our difficulties, emotional and social, ourselves. I know I’d be interested in attending an event like that…
It’s now two days since I attended the National Autistic Society’s ‘Autism and Mental Health’ conference at the Hilton in Reading. The event was attended by around 400 people and starred Tony Attwood and Wenn Lawson alongside other speakers. I was really looking forward to learning more about autistic mental health, but came away disappointed on many levels. Here’s why:
The venue was easy to get to and I arrived early as the pre-conference documentation indicated that parking was limited and that the alternative was parking further away and getting a bus. I struggle to use buses, they make me very anxious and to get through the day I needed to do as much as possible to reduce the avoidable anxieties.
- Please consider using venues with sufficient parking.
The conference was held on the ground floor of the hotel, but…
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