The 2019 event will be held on Tuesday 25th June in the Banqueting Suite at Leeds Civic Hall. It runs from 9:30am to 3pm and is completely free to attend. It will have a handful of local guest speakers, stalls from local services working with autistic adults, autistic children and parents/carers/partners, and a couple of workshops.
There will also be a centrepiece made with Lego bricks to represent the number of autistic people in Leeds with an official diagnosis and those who have sought a diagnosis, only to be turned down.
We will have four local autistic guest speakers. Confirmed so far are:
- Harriet Chapman – Harriet is the owner of autistic-led social enterprise Brick 42. Her talk will be about her experiences of being autistic and having mental health difficulties
- Dr James McGrath – James is a lecturer in English, History and Media at Leeds Beckett University. He’ll be talking about his route into full-time, paid employment
- Blake Williamson – Blake will be talking about facilitating communication
Here is a list of the confirmed stallholders so far:
- Leeds Autism Services
- Leeds Autism AIM
- Specialist Autism Services
- Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS)
- Brick 42
More stallholders will be confirmed in due course.
Angie from 4Neurodiversity will be delivering two workshops on the day. One is for non-autistic people about autism and acceptance. The second is for autistic people and it’s about self-care.
Irwin Mitchell will be doing a workshop on making wills. More details will be available soon.
Parking is available at the Merrion Centre for a discounted rate. To obtain your discount, simply go to the CitiPark multi-storey on the day and bring your ticket to Leeds Autism Services’ stall. They will discount your ticket by 50%.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available to buy from Leeds Civic Hall catering.
If you are looking for something specific at the event, please ask one of our volunteers who will be wearing yellow t-shirts with the Bigger And Better In Leeds logo.