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Dr Wendy Lawson, psychologist, counsellor, lecturer and author on the autism spectrum, took part in a live online Q & A with us on Thursday 14 March 2013. She answered your questions about her life and perspectives on autism.
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and Parent Patron of Ambitious about Autism, joined us for a live online Q & A on 9 January 2013. He answered your questions on life as a parent of a son with autism, special educational needs policy, and his role as a parent patron.
The Government plans to change the way children and young people with special educational needs access services and support. The Education Select Committee published a report on 19 December 2012 making a number of recommendations to Government about how they might improve the draft legislation published in Autumn. Graham Stuart MP, Chair of the Committee, joined us for an online Q & A on 20 December 2012 and asnwered questions about what the Committee found and its recommendations.
According to the statistics, autism affects more men than women, but is this down to a biological difference or is there an issue with diagnosis? In this online Q & A, Robyn Steward and Dr William Mandy answered questions about women and girls on the autism spectrum.
Charlotte Moore, author of George and Sam, and Sheila Barton, author of Living with Jonathan, took part in a joint live online Q & A on 7 November 2012. Charlotte Moore is a full-time writer and has published several novels. She lives in Sussex with her three children, George, Sam and Jake. Sheila Barton has worked as a teacher and lecturer as well as a senior manager in various national charities. She is an experienced public speaker. Sheila’s book, Living with Jonathan, was published in September 2012. They answered questions about their lives as mums to children with autism and their books.
Sophie Walker, author of Grace Under Pressure, took part in a an online Q & A on 24 October 2012. In her book, Sophie shares the daily highs and lows of raising a child with Asperger's syndrome and the challenge of becoming a long-distance runner. She answered questions about life as a mum to a girl with Asperger's syndrome and her book.
Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and autistic savant, took part in a live online Q & A on 20 September 2012. He answered your questions about his life as an autistic savant and his books. Daniel is hailed the world over for his extraordinary mind and unique intelligence shaped by high-functioning autistic savant syndrome.
Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, took part in a live online Q & A with Talk about Autism on 15 August 2012. He answered your questions about his book The Panic Virus, the history of the autism and MMR vaccine debate, and Andrew Wakefield.
Patricia Howlin, Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, took part in a live online Q & A with Talk about Autism on Wednesday 18 July. She answered questions about her work, outcomes for adults on the spectrum, and intervention programmes for autism.
Arthur Fleischmann, father of Carly Fleischmann, took part in a live online Q & A with on 7 June 2012. He answered questions about autism advocacy, life living with Carly, and details of their upcoming book, Carly's Voice.
Dr Alexa Posny took part in a live online Q & A on 15 May 2012. Dr Posny is the Assistant Secretary for Special Education in the United States Department of Education. She answered questions about her work and issues related to special educational needs.
As part of Ambitious about Autism's Autism Film Club, a live online Q & A took place with the director of Loving Lampposts, Todd Drezner, on 26 April 2012. Todd Drezner received his MFA in Film from Columbia University and is the editor of several award-winning documentaries that have been shown around the world.
As part of Ambitious about Autism's Autism Film Club, a live online Q & A took place with the director of Neurotypical, Adam Larsen, on 12 April 2012. He answered questions how he made Neurotypical, why he made it, and his thoughts about autism and the autism community.
As part of Ambitious about Autism's Autism Film Club, a live online Q & A took place with the director of The Autism Puzzle, Saskia Baron, on 5 April 2012. She answered questions about why she made the film, her personal connection to autism, and the portrayal of autism in the media.
Michelle Dawson joined us for a live online Q & A on 1 March 2012. Michelle Dawson is an autistic researcher affiliated since 2004 with Laurent Mottron’s lab at the University of Montreal. She answered questions on autism, her research and autism research in general.
Russell Stronach, co-Chair of the Autistic Rights Movement (ARM UK), joined us for a live online Q & A on Friday 24 February 2012. The ARM UK is the only national user-led autism organisation in the UK and is part of a wider emergent autistic rights movement. He answered questions about autism and autism rights.
Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, joined us for a live online Q & A on 13 January 2012. Kay was appointed Controller of CBeebies in May 2010 and is responsible for commissioning all content for the under 6's across all platform. She answered questions about CBeebies, inclusive children's programming and her own experiences.
Lorraine Petersen OBE, Chief Executive Officer of nasen joined us for a live online Q & A on 7 December 2011. She answered your questions about special educational needs provision following the Government's Green Paper, issues around personal budgets, the introduction of Education, Health and Care Plans, and Local Authorities and their statutory duty.
Robert Buckland MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, joined us for a live online Q & A on Thursday 1 December 2011. He answered questions about the proposed Autism Quality Standard and Ambitious about Autism's Finished at School campaign.
Virginia Bovell, Vice President of Ambitious about Autism, joined us for a live online Q & A on 24 November 2011. She answered questions about the Finished at School campaign, why she believes post-16 provision for young people with autism is so important and her own experiences as a mother of a child with autism.
Professor Tony Charman, Chair in Autism Education at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), joined Talk about Autism for a live online Q & A on Thursday 6 October. He answered questions about the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance.
Jean Gross, the Government’s Communication Champion, joined us on 13 September 2011 for a live online Q&A event on 'Communication in the classroom'. Jean answered questions about how children with autism can be best supported to communicate in the classroom, and what is changing in government policy in this area.
Talk about Autism was delighted host a live Q & A about speech and language therapy for children and young people with autism on 5 July 2011. The Q & A was with Sarah Eyre, who has been a Speech and Language Therapist for 9 years with children and adults with autism and severe learning disabilities within social services, health and education.
Talk about Autism was delighted to welcome Dr. Temple Grandin for a live online Q & A on Friday 24 June. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She answered questions about her life, the autistic mind, and her thoughts about autism
Steve Broach joined Talk about Autism for a live online Q & A on Wednesday 15 June. Steve is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in public law and human rights. He answered questions about special educational needs, legal aid, and the SEN Green Paper.
We were delighted to welcome Ari Ne'eman, Founding President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, for a live online Q & A on 1 June which was hosted at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE). Ari had given the keynote speech at the CRAE 2nd Annual Lecture on 31 May 2011.
Tessa Munt MP joined us for a live Q & A on Thursday 12th May. Tessa is also a school governor and vice chair of a local Parent Teacher Association so has a wealth of experience in education. This was a great chance to ask questions about any of the changes being made to education that will affect children with autism.
Sally Bercow joined us on Monday the 9th May 2011 for a live online Q & A. Sally and her husband, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, are parent patrons of Ambitious about Autism. Sally answered questions about her expereinces of being a mother of a child with autism, politics, and her thoughts about autism.
Charlotte Moore, author of George and Sam, joined us for a live online Q & A on 30 September 2010. Charlotte is a full-time writer and has published several novels, as well as a children's biography of Florence Nightingale. She answered questions on her book and her life with her sons who have autism.