Adults with autism
15 Oct 2009
National conference held at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London

This conference focused on the National Audit Office Supporting People with Autism through Adulthood report which explores the longer-term health and economic impacts of failing to cater for adults on the autistic spectrum.

Programme
09:45
Geoffrey Maddrell, Chairman, Research Autism
Introduction and welcome by Conference Chair

09:50
Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, National Audit Office
Opening remarks

10:05
Patience Wilson Deputy Director for Independent Living, Department of Health
Keynote address: Cross-government plans for supporting adults with autism 2010 and beyond

10:25
Mark Lever, Chief Executive, National Autistic Society
Current picture of autism in the UK

10:45
Angela Browning MP, Tiverton & Honiton and Member, Committee of Public Accounts
The Committee of Public Accounts’ report and recommendations to Government

11:05
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshment break, exhibition and networking
11:45
Geoffrey Maddrell, Chairman, Research Autism
Welcome back by Conference Chair

11:50
Sarah Hewitt, Manager, BT
Awareness of autism amongst employers and employees: supporting adults with autism through the employment process

12:00
Caroline Waters Director, People & Policy for BT Group
Awareness of autism amongst employers and employees: supporting adults with autism through the employment process

12:15
Chris Mitchell, Adult with Autism and Member of the Autism External Reference
Living with Autism Group

12:30
Mark Davies, Director of Health Value-for-Money Audit, National Audit Office
Key findings from NAO value-for-money work on autism

12:35
Alex Scharaschkin, Manager, Health Value-for-Money Audit, National Audit Office
Key findings from NAO value-for-money work on autism

12:55
Questions and discussion: Session 2b
13:00
Buffet lunch, exhibition and networking
14:00
Stream A Getting services right: the carer’s perspective
Cath Baker, Policy & Development Officer (Learning Disabilities), The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

14:00
Stream B Managed Care Pathways: working across services
Christine Austin, Team Manager, Liverpool Asperger’s Team

14:00
Stream C Built Environment and Autism
Sue Osborn, Chief Executive, The Kingwood Trust

14:00
Stream D Transition planning: accessing good information about options and choices
Simon Veasey, Service Delivery Manager (Learning Disability Local Commissioning), Warwickshire Adult Health & Community Services Diana Sellwood, Service Development Manager (Disability Service - Children, Young People and Families), Warwickshire County Council

14:00
Stream E Supporting adults with autism into employment
Christina Earl, Team Manager, Employability, Surrey County Council Katy Simmons, adult with autism

14:45
Refreshment break, exhibition and networking
15:15
Hardip Begol, Deputy Director, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Department for Children, Schools and Families
Transition from childhood to adult services: key strategies and service planning

15:35
Paul Johnson, Service Manager, Nottinghamshire Adult Social Care and Health Department
Developing and tailoring local services for adults with autism

15:55
Panel discussion: Reconfiguring and improving services to meet the individual needs of local people with autism, their parents and carers
Christina Earl, Team Manager, Employability, Surrey County Council Christine Austin, Team Manager, Liverpool Asperger’s Team Paul Johnson, Service Manager, Nottinghamshire Adult Social Care and Health Department Hardip Begol, Deputy Director, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Department for Children, Schools and Families

16:26
Geoffrey Maddrell, Chairman, Research Autism
Closing remarks by Conference Chair