Dr Milne taking questions during a conference in Tours, May, 2012. 

Dr Milne taking questions during a conference in Tours, May, 2012. 

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen taking questions at a public lecture held in Sheffield in January 2015. 

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen taking questions at a public lecture held in Sheffield in January 2015. 

Public Forums

Public Forums are an opportunity to hear about how the project is developing, and to share your views on the work. On the 13th February we held a debate entitled  "The pros, cons and process of seeking an ASC diagnosis in adulthood". Speakers included 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 next opportunity to hear about the work will be on the 8th September when Dr Milne will give a talk about the results of the project.

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.