The 2018 event will take place on Tuesday 27th March from 9:30am to 3pm in the Banqueting Suite of the Leeds Civic Hall. It will have two main guest speakers, an “autism tree”, short speeches from local autistic people and over 30 stalls from services throughout Leeds.
Henry Normal is a famous comedy writer and performance poet, who has worked on shows such as The Royle Family. He also set up a production company with Steve Coogan, which went on to produce hit sitcoms including Gavin and Stacey and The Mighty Boosh.
Henry has an autistic son and has dedicated some of his recent poetry work to him. His talk will be about what it means to be the parent of an autistic child and many of the positives involved. He’ll be around for questions afterwards.
Angie is the Learning Disability and Neurodiverse Conditions Community Partner for the DWP in West Yorkshire. She is autistic and her talk will be about how to make jobcentres more autistic-friendly for anyone who visits them.
Angie has been working for the DWP for a number of years and regularly visits jobcentres in Leeds. Her talk will also be covering what it’s like to work full-time.
We have a few autistic adults who live locally to give their accounts of what it means to be autistic. Each talk will be around five minutes long and will feature people who access a variety of autism-specific services, including Leeds Autism Services, Specialist Autism Services and Leeds Autism AIM.
These slots will focus on the success that autistic adults can achieve. Details of who will be speaking will be released in the next few weeks or so.
To mark World Autism Awareness Day, there will be a “tree” in the main hall on the day. The tree will have leaves where you can write what being autistic means to you. After the event finishes, the completed tree will be moved to the nearby Leeds City Museum and will be displayed there for the next few weeks.
Stalls and info
We expect to have over 30 stalls at this year’s event. We will be releasing a list of who’s coming and the floor plans soon. This year, we will have a quiet room for anyone who is there but who feels overloaded. There will also be tea and coffee available, but you will need to pay for it.
We will have info on parking in due course.
This is in the process of being finalised.