Welcome to Spectrum Live, our online series, where we chat to autistic people, their family members, and professionals about all things autism-related.
Latest Spectrum Live
We have now broadcast our 60th anniversary debates which covered the following topics:
Monday 26 September
Making sense of our autistic identity
Tuesday 27 September
Growing old when autistic
Wednesday 28 September
The pros and cons of an adult diagnosis
Our past episodes have covered many different topics, from Diagnosis, Women and girls, to Employment. You can watch them all by following the links below.
Did you miss our latest Spectrum Live Mental health episode? Don’t worry. You can still watch it at a convenient time for you.
This episode includes advice and support services and how we're helping to make mental health services more accessible for autistic people.
- Tim Nicholls, Head of Influencing and Research National Autistic Society
- Clare Macer, Transition Support Lead, National Autistic Society
- Abdullah Shahjan, Eastern Psychologist and Wellness Consultant
- Jess D’Cruz, Information Content Manager, MIND
Useful resources from our Education episode
Meet the speakers
Yasmin is a Policy and Parliamentary officer at the National Autistic Society, and leads on our work around social care and physical health. She works closely with the rest of the team to ensure that policies reflect the needs of autistic people and their families. During the pandemic, this has included ensuring that decisions about coronavirus laws, such as lockdowns and face coverings, work for more than 700,000 autistic people in the UK.
For the past eight years, Andy Cutting has been supporting schools to help them overcome the barriers to inclusion and to avoid exclusion. He has provided training for schools, seminars and workshops, as well as producing online resources and information.
Andy's role also includes running the National Autistic Society’s School Exclusion Helpline, which supports parents and carers of autistic children and young people, who have been excluded from school or college, or are at risk of exclusion.
Episode 1 - Looking for employment
Episode 2 - Autism and the workplace
Getting out and about
We were joined by a panel of autistic adults and family members to discuss some of the challenges autistic people face when going out and about.
To start off the Spectrum Live series, we chatted all about diagnosis and the autism diagnostic process with autistic adults, their families, and professionals.
Like many charities, we're feeling the impact of coronavirus on our income and we are making some incredibly difficult decisions regarding our information services. We need you now, more than ever to ensure we can continue to be there for autistic people and their families. Together, with your support, we will get through this.
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