50th Anniversary Conference

Innovation in Autism Practice: The Future is Calling

8th - 9th November 2018, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

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2018 is an important year for Scottish Autism as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.

Over this time, our services have evolved due to our knowledge of effective autism practice, and we are now holding a 2 day conference with the aim of providing a platform for sharing visionary approaches to the development of autism practice.

Our programme will be influenced and informed by a contemporary view that embraces autism as a developmental difference and focuses on a capacity view of the individual. There will be a focus on novel practice related research that demonstrates the meaningful participation of, or that has been led by autistic individuals.

In addition to a fantastic array of speakers, we are holding a celebratory dinner on the evening of day one of our conference. We are delighted that the dinner will be hosted by Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney. It will also include a drinks reception kindly sponsored by Glasgow City Council and a welcome from the Lord Provost of Glasgow.

The conference will be of interest to Researchers, Practitioners, Autistic people, Parents, Carers, Commissioners and Policy makers.

We are sponsoring The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) to run an Autistic Fringe alongside our conference consisting of daytime workshops, discussions and information sharing as well as an evening event.

During the day on the 8th and 9th November Fringe activities will run during conference hours, starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow G1 3SF. The full schedule can be found here

All Fringe events are free but spaces are limited. Booking is required for the evening event, see here for more information: www.eventbrite.com/e/parc-autistic-fringe-comedy-evening-tickets-50731296674

Programme Board

We were deeply saddened by the recent passing of Dr. Michael McCreadie. He has been instrumental to the development of the practice ethos of Scottish Autism and made a considerable contribution to the field of autism with his knowledge, insight and his support of autistic people and their families. Michael was a member of the programme board that put together our conference. It was a privilege to know and work with Michael and he will be sorely missed.

Keynote Speakers

Call For Papers

Please note that Call for Papers is now closed.

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Registration Fees

Delegate Fees Early Bird Regular
Package A: Conference Only £450 £500
Package B: Conference Plus Dinner £500 £550
Speaker Fees
Package A: Conference Only £400 £450
Package B: Conference Plus Dinner £450 £500
Student Fees
Package A: Conference Only £250 £300
Package B: Conference Plus Dinner £300 £350

For full details on the conference please refer to the draft programme and conference seminar stream links below.

Sponsored Places

There will be a limited number of sponsored places available at the conference for autistic people and parent/family members.  To apply please click the link to submit an application for a sponsored place.

The closing date for applying for a place is Sunday 30 September at midnight.

We will notify you on Monday 1 October 2018 as to whether you have been successful in securing a place.

Please note that you will be responsible for all your own travel and accommodation costs if required.

Accommodation and Travel Information

Please click the link below for further information on travel and accommodation.


Please direct any enquiries to the conference events team on 01259 720044 or e-mail events@scottishautism.org


Please note you will be asked to create an account to allow you to register for the conference.

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