Public Forums are an opportunity to hear about how the project is developing, and to share your views on the work. We will be holding two public forums during the project. The first one will be on Monday the 13th February 2017, the second will be on Monday 10th July. Both events will start at 7 pm and finish at 8:30 pm. They will both include an introduction from Dr Elizabeth Milne, short talks from other invited speakers, and then the floor will be opened to members of the audience to ask questions and provide comments. (Free) tickets for these events can be obtained here: Public Forum on 13th February; Public Forum on 10th July.
UPDATE: The Topic for Debate at the Public Forum on Monday 13th February is "The pros, cons and process of seeking an ASC diagnosis in adulthood". Speakers include Dr Elizabeth Milne (Sheffield University), Annie Ryan, Lynne Gill, both of whom will talk about their personal experience of being diagnosed with ASC, and Dr Richard Smith, Senior Clinical Psychologist from Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service (SAANS). The event will be particularly relevant to people who are considering what having a diagnosis of ASC may mean to them, and whether or not to seek a diagnosis.
Since 2014 Dr Milne and Dr Smith have been running a series of public lectures as part of a “Distinguished speakers on Autism” series. We’ve heard from many interesting speakers including adults with an ASC, clinicians and academics. These seminars have also provided an opportunity for members of the community who are affected by ASC, either directly or indirectly, to share their experiences and insights. The inspiration for the public forums comes from the discussion sessions that have occurred after the more formal lecture.
Of course, there is no obligation to comment yourself. People are very welcome to just come along and listen. Similarly, if you would like to get involved but are not local to Sheffield, or do not want to attend a live session, the talks will be video-recorded and hosted here. You can provide comments, and ask questions via this feedback page.