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Autism Cymru education conference in Wrexham

A major education conference focusing on children with autism is to take place at NEWI in Wrexham on 5 July 2007.

The event has been organised by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism supported by GTCW and SAGE Publications and aims to share best practice in the education of children and young people with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

Speakers at the conference include Autism Cymru's Deputy Chief Executive Maggie Bowen, Lynn Plimley, Colette Drift, Danny Beath, Hilary Kanaris of the newly established Wales Autism Communication Centre, Elizabeth Attfield and Mark Barrett.

Subjects covered in the conference will include Early Years and ASD, Behaviour Management, Social Skills, Supporting Parents, Multi-agency working, Alternative Communication Strategy, ASD Tool Kit, Adolescence and Relationships and The Rainbow Project.

Although the conferences focuses on ASD delegates will find many of the strategies discussed will benefit other students with additional learning needs.

Speakers come from a range of backgrounds and will provide a broad perspective on the issues surrounding autism.
Although aimed at teachers and professionals, parents and people with autism are very welcome to attend.

Costs are £105 for professionals, £85 for School Forum Members and £50 for parents or people with autism. For further information or to book a place at the conference contact Jennie Thomas on 029 20463263 or email: jennie@autismcymru.org.

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Notes
1. For further information contact Laura Morgan on 029 20464940
2. For information on autism in Wales go to www.awares.org.
3. Teachers working in LEA-maintained schools in Wales may be eligible for funding from the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) through their professional development funding programme. Please refer to the GTCW's CPD Funding Programme Information Booklet 2005-2008 or contact the Professional Development Team for further guidance on 029 20550350 or email: cpd@gtcw.org.uk
4. Autism Cymru has been working closely with LEAs through out Wales with the specially designed 'Inclusive Schools and ASDs: Whole School Training and Research Project'.
5. Sage Publications is an independent international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media. Known for its commitment to quality and innovation, it is a world leader in chosen academic, educational, and professional markets. Visit www.sagepub.co.uk for more information.
6. Maggie Bowen and Lynn Plimley (Autism Cymru/ University of Birmingham) are the co-editors of the highly successful new series of books 'The ASD Support Kit' (Sage Publications 2006/2007).
7. Martin Hanbury is author of 'Educating Pupils with ASDs. A Practical Guide' (Sage Publications, 2005)
8. Collette Drift is an author on Early Years.
9. Dr Danny Beath is a highly successful wildlife photographer with Asperger syndrome.
10. Hilary Kanaris is the Chief Executive of the Welsh Autism Communication Centre.
11. Elizabeth Attfield is a Training Officer for Autism West Midlands.
12. Mark Barrett is an Educational Psychologist with Conwy LEA.

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