Conferences 2017

Luton Understanding Autism Conference

University of Bedfordshire, 21st April 2017

After the outstanding success of the 2015 conference, the Autism Spectrum Team (part of the Special Educational Needs Service, Luton Council) are pleased to announce that the date and speakers have all been confirmed for this year’s event.

Tickets only £20 each. This is a not-for-profit event, will all proceeds from ticket sales going towards running costs.

Buffet lunch and light refreshments available, and please notify the team of any dietary requirements.

To book a place please contact Karen Thomas on 01582 548151 or e-mail

Autism Conference 2017: Awareness and understanding

University of Salford, Manchester 23rd April 2017

Expert speakers will examine the role different agencies have to play in creating a more Autism Friendly environment. The event, organised to coincide with Autism Awareness Week, will examine the way autistic people are treated both personally and professionally and how these attitudes can shape their lives.

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Community Care Live

Manchester Central Convention Complex, 25 and 26 April 2017

Community Care Live is the UK’s largest free to attend social care event. In 2017 the event will take place in Manchester for the first time on 25 and 26 April.

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The Transition Event

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, May 18 2017

The Transition Event is a conference and exhibition developed to debate and discuss the future for young adults with additional needs. Moving into adulthood can be a time of great hope and excitement, but it is also frequently met with uncertainty. The Transition Event aims to help answer your questions, offer you access to experts and give you information to take away.

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Social Thinking Conference

Beaconsfield, Bucks – 5th and 6th June 2017 & Central London – 8th and 9th June 2017

Social Thinking has been developing and sharing its unique teaching methods to help individuals improve their social skills and social understanding. Their mission is “to help people develop their social competencies to better connect with others and live happier, more meaningful lives. This includes adults and children with ASD, ADHD or no diagnosis.

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Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions

Reading, Rivermead Leisure Complex – 8th June 2017 

Edinburgh, Royal Highland Centre – 14th September 2017   

Manchester, EventCity – 16th November 2017

100-180 Exhibitors at each event! These free exhibitions are a one stop shop for the most up to date advice and information on mobility, funding, seating, beds, communication, sensory, transition, education, housing, employment, accessible vehicles, transport, style, sports,leisure and much, much more.

Seminars – Boost your CPD portfolio and gain credits by attending one or more of the free accredited seminars taking place alongside the exhibition. Seminars are presentations covering a wide range of issues and interests to families and carers of children with disabilities and special needs, and the professionals who work with them.

Entry is free on a first come, first served basis. The speakers will also be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have.

The Autism Show

London EXCEL 16 – 17 June 2017 

Birmingham NEC 23 – 24 June 2017 

Manchester EventCity 30 June – 1 July 2017

This year’s Autism Show in London, Birmingham and Manchester offers more information, advice, products and services than ever before.

At the event you can hear from the UK’s leading autism professionals; discover 100s of products and services; learn practical strategies for the home and classroom; listen to adults on the spectrum talk about their experiences; access specialist advice from clinicians, therapists and solicitors; and interact with, and enjoy, special features such as The Willard Wigan Gallery, Movement Matters, The Sensory Classroom and The Sensory Room.

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The Care Forum

Wokefield Park, Berkshire, 12 & 13 June 2017

For the last 15 years the Care Forum has proven time and time again to be the leading event for the care industry, offering attendees limitless opportunities.

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How safe are our children? Conference 2017

Early bird and flexible ticket options available

How safe are our children? provides child protection professionals with the opportunity to debate, question and share insights about the latest strategies, policies and programmes to prevent child abuse and protect children.

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Health + Care

London EXCEL – 28th-29th June 2017

‘The Health+Care Show represents the largest annual gathering of commissioners and providers from across the NHS and social care. With the clock ticking on the Five Year Forward View, the Keynote Theatre will bring together leaders and implementers from all parts of the system to debate the challenges and solutions to creating a better integrated, technology-enabled, financially sustainable NHS.

Mixed in with lively discussion and debate will be those crucial policy and strategy updates, delivered by key figures from the Government, NHS and local authorities. They will provide clarity and direction for all those on the frontline who have been tasked with turning big plans and ambitious visions into action.’

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‘Engage In Their Future’ National Conference

Copthorne Millenium Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – 6th/7th July 2017

‘The National Association of EBD Schools (NAES) was formed in 1999 to enable Head Teachers within the BESD (Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties) sector (or SEMH – Social, Emotional and Mental Health – as it is now known) to join together to influence BESD issues locally, regionally and nationally. Since its inception, the organisation has seen many changes, not least a change in name to engage in their future!

The theme of the Conference will be “Working With The Whole: Mind, Body and Brain“. The Conference programme will feature inspiring keynote talks, practical workshops and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues.’

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Nasen Live 2017

Birmingham ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA –  7 July 2017 9.00am – 5.00pm

Event highlights will include:

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Access to the seminars of your choice
Refreshments throughout the day
25% off advanced train tickets to get you to the event*
The opportunity for SENCOs, teachers and all practitioners to update their knowledge and network with one another
Learn from evidence-based practiceWith a professional community of ongoing support for everyone attending, and a whole range of opportunities for delegates to learn and examine what good practice looks like, delegates can plan their school training day around the seminar programme and briefings.*Train tickets must be booked 12 weeks to 23 hours in advanced to qualify for a 25% discount., more details will be released closer to the event.Click here for further details.

Autscape 2017

King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton, 8 – 11 August 2017

Autscape is a conference with a difference. Rather than talking to a primarily non-autistic audience about autism, this conference is specifically by and for autistic people. Some of it isn’t even about autism at all! Non-autistic people are also welcome, but the environment and content of the event are centred around autistic people’s needs, interests and sensitivities.

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About Autism

Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 2JS – 23rd September 2017 10:00am-4:00pm

Click here for details on last year’s event


Business Design Centre London, 6 & 7 October 2017

This important free-to-attend event has all the resources, ideas, advice and CPD training to provide teachers, SENCOs, support staff and parents with the tools and skills to help all pupils achieve.

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