Empowering autistic voice and choice

The Autism Professionals Annual Conference 2018

7 & 8 March 2018

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Autism access information

Please see below for details about the specific accessibilty arrangements we have made for autistic delegates at the conference. If you have a specific requirement that is not listed, please contact us and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Registration and site familiarisation

Registration is often a busy time, so autistic delegates will have the opportunity to register between 4.30 and 5.30 pm on the evening prior to the conference to avoid the crowds. There will also be a short tour of the site at 5.15 pm in order to allow autistic delegates to familiarise themselves with the venue whilst it is relatively quiet and empty.

Interaction badges

You can request these when you register or at any other time during the conference. These allow you to indicate how you would like to interact with other delegates. We will ask other delegates to respect the badges, but please be aware that we cannot enforce this.

Quiet room

There will be a quiet room available throughout the conference. There will be signs to show you the way. If you think you might need the quiet room during the day, you can ask a member of staff to show you where it is so that you can find it more easily when you need it.

Quiet lunch space

There will be refreshments and lunch available in the quiet room so that autistic delegates can have refreshments and lunch in a less crowded environment if they wish. If you would like to know what the menu is in advance, please contact us to ask.

Seating and reservation signs

We will have seats reserved for autistic delegates, if you don’t like to be near people or need to be able to get out easily. You can choose to sit in these or any other available seat. Reservation signs will be available if you need to reserve a particular chair to sit in or if you need to be able to leave your chair and come back to it later. You can request these when you register or at any other time during the conference. 


If you prefer not to ask questions aloud, you can leave written questions in advance of the session and we will pass them onto the Chairperson or the session speaker. We cannot guarantee that they will select your question to answer, however. Please leave your written questions at the registration desk at least 1 hour prior to the applicable session.