16 March 2015

Brighton & Hove hosts major autism conference

Some of the country’s top experts on autism are addressing a major conference at the AMEX Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL on Monday 16 March.

The event, entitled ‘Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)’ has been organised by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Children’s Services team in partnership with the city’s NHS, local parents and other voluntary organisations.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Baroness Browning, Vice President of the National Autistic Society
  • Patricia Howlin, Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London
  • Damien Milton, Head of Autism Knowledge and Expertise, National Autistic Society.
  • Charlotte Moore, parent, journalist and author of ‘George and Sam – autism in the family’.

The conference is aimed at professionals working with children and young people with autism across education, health and social care as well as parents. Both Brighton and Sussex Universities are also involved.

The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s children and young people committee, Councillor Sue Shanks, said: “Children with autism face real challenges simply making sense of the world and interacting with people.

“This conference is bringing some of the UK’s top autism experts together with many of the city’s key professionals in the field to make sure we are giving these children the support they need to maximize their tremendous potential."