Archive for February, 2011

I’m giving keynote address on history of autism at NAS conference, March 1, 2011

February 12, 2011

Hello all,


Just to let you know that I will be giving the keynote address (together with Lorna Wing) on The History of Autism: My Conversations with the Pioneers, at the NAS Professional Conference in Manchester, UK, on March 1, 2011

Adam Feinstein

Autism Cymru fourth international autism conference, to take place in Cardiff, Wales, June 21-22, 2011

February 12, 2011

Here’s a message from my Autism Cymru colleague, Jennie Thomas, about our  fourth international conference, which is taking place at the Town Hall in Cardiff, Wales (UK), on June 21 and 22, 2011. It’s going to be a terrific event, with the likes of Temple Grandin coming over to speak:

Please find below some short snippets of information to whet your appetites for our 4th International Autism Conference on 21st and 22nd June, 2011. There is a fantastic line-up.

Please forward to anyone you feel will find this conference of interest.This conference is worth 10 CPD points for public health professionals and 2 days towards PRTL for the social care professionals.

Dr Temple Grandin is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. major television programs, such as the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”. Dr.Grandin didn’t talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of “groping her way from the far side of darkness” in her book Emergence: Labelled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtuallya death sentence to achievement or productivity in life. The film of her life, Temple Grandin, has won a whole string of awards recently and is up for several Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards.

Dr Brenda Smith Myles is an associate professor at the University of Kansas. She writes and speaks internationally on Asperger Syndrome and autism. Her recent books include Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World, and Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage and Meltdowns

Dr Sally J. Rogers is a developmental psychologist and a Professor of Psychiatry at the M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California Davis. She is the principal investigator of several autism research projects. In addition to research, she is also a clinician, providing evaluation, treatment, and consultation to children and adults with autism and their families. The intervention model that she developed with her colleagues at University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre – the Denver Model – is internationally known. In the last ten years, she has worked closely with public school districts to incorporate best practices in autism into inclusive educational programmes for children with autism.

Professor Tony Charmanâ?Ts main research interest is the investigation of early social cognitive development in children with autism and the clinical application of this work via screening, epidemiological, intervention and ‘at risk’ studies. He is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and works in a clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust where he works in a diagnostic service for children with complex neuro developmental conditions.

Final words from Dr. Tony Attwood, world renowned expert on autism spectrum disorders: “Temple Grandin is my hero. She has my vote for the person who has provided the greatest advance in our understanding of autism this century.”

For more information, please contact:

Jennie Thomas

Event Manager

Autism Cymru


Autistic Intelligence – new organisation

February 5, 2011

Can I draw your attention to a new organisation, Autistic Intelligence, launched by Barbara Jacobs, of which I am one of the founding members?

Named after an expression used by Hans Asperger to describe the way people on the autism spectrum think, it is a loosely affiliated group of world-wide experts in aspects of autism acting as a consultancy. Some of us are writers, some are educators, some are therapists, some are researchers, some are campaigners. Many of us are all of those things. And there’s something else that marks us out from those who claim to know about the autism spectrum. It’s that all of us have personal experience. Some are on the spectrum, some are parents of children on the spectrum, some partners, some have autism in the family.

In recent years, we’ve noted the extraordinarily rapid growth of knowledge about, and research into, autism. Yet those who need to share these new and exciting findings may be working from outdated material. Sometimes courses and training are delivered which haven’t kept pace with current thinking. That’s where we can help. We’re, if you like, a think tank. We can offer support, training materials, recorded and live presentations, consultancy, course design and can even arrange a conference for you. We’ve affiliated because we learn from each other and would like to share that learning with you, and for you to pass it on. We work internationally, nationally and locally, informed by and supportive of each other’s ongoing work, fired by our dedication to a global recognition and accommodation of autistic intelligence.

On May 6, 2011, Autistic Intelligence presents its first  international conference on autism at the Grand Hotel in Torquay, UK.  The speakers are:

Professor Tony Attwood, and colleague at the Minds and Hearts autism clinic, Brisbane, Australia, Dr Michelle Garnett. Professor Attwood is the acknowledged world expert in Asperger’s syndrome, who visits the UK only once each year.

Dr Olga Bogdashina, lecturer, author, researcher, Consultant Psychologist and founder of the first day centre for autism in the Ukraine. Now resident in the UK, Olga is an expert in sensory/perceptual processing in autism. She is the mother of a young man with autism.

Dr Wendy Lawson, from Victoria, Australia, is herself on the autism spectrum, and has researched many topics in the autism field. The most recent of these is on single attention in autism and its implications for learning.

This promises to be an exciting and informative event for those on the spectrum, their parents, and all professionals who may come into contact with people on the autism spectrum.


The Devonshire Suite, The Grand Hotel
8.30-9.00 Registration . Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.
9.00 – 9.15 Welcome. Barbara Jacobs, academic, author and co-ordinator of Autistic Intelligence.
9.15 – 10.15 Wendy Lawson The reality of living and learning for those on the autism spectrum
10.15  – 10.35 Break, with tea, coffee and biscuits
10.35 – 12.05 Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett Diagnosis, assessment and follow-up procedures at the Hearts and Minds clinic.
12.05 – 1.05 Buffet lunch in the Gainsborough Restaurant
1.05 – 2.35 Olga Bodgsdashina Aspects of sensory/perceptual processing in autism
2.35 – 2.55 Break, with tea, coffee and biscuits
2.55 – 4.25 Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett Managing emotions and challenging behaviour for those on the autism spectrum
4.30 – 5.00 Panel. The speakers will take questions from delegates.
The conference will end promptly at 5.00, but delegates may wish to visit the bar or terrace overlooking the sea.
Delegates will be able to buy books and may wish to have them signed by the authors.

To find out more about tickets and pricing, please go to

For details of what we can do for your organisation, place of learning, your department, big or small, please email us today.

Autistic Intelligence
call:    07971 471 617

Awares site to be re-launched shortly

February 5, 2011

Autism Cymru’s pioneering bilingual website, Awares, to be

re-launched shortly


Awares – the pioneering bilingual website started up by Autism Cymru, Wales’ national charity, in December 2002 – will be re-launched shortly.  At its 2002 launch, the then Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services, Jane Hutt, called Awares a key building block in the establishment of the unique national autism strategy in Wales.


The new-look Awares, edited by Adam Feinstein – who also runs the highly acclaimed Awares annual international online autism conference and edits Autism Cymru’s international web portal, AutismConnect – will be better than ever. The new structure will allow the administrators more immediate access to, and control over, all aspects of the site, allowing it to be updated at the touch of a button. It will keep users fully informed of the very latest autism research findings, news and views and facilities to provide vital assistance to people with autism, their relatives, hands-on practitioners and medical staff in Wales.


Awares will continue to host monthly on-line seminars where users have the unprecedented opportunity to put their questions directly to top experts from the world of autism.  Previous presenters at these seminars have included Lorna Wing and Donna Williams. A separate discussion forum will allow users to exchange views with each other on a wide range of issues. There will also be blogs by a variety of contributors.


The new site includes an on-line library with video- and audio-clips of presentations by leading world autism authorities, in-depth and up-to-the-moment articles on many issues – such as diagnosis, sensory problems and the latest thinking on Asperger’s syndrome – and a special section on autism and the criminal justice system. There will also be information on training, including details of Deis-Cyfle – a three-day  training package and self-evaluation tool developed jointly by Autism Cymru and the Irish Society with the aim of increasing employability and providing greater opportunities for school leavers with autism spectrum disorder.


There will also be a list of the events being organised by Autism Cymru and a section featuring useful links, including ways of contacting local authorities and schools in Wales.


For more information about this unique and invaluable online resource for Wales, please contact Adam Feinstein at