Acceptance Matters

Acceptance Matters is a virtual conference hosted by the North East Autism Society. Featuring a panel of autistic speakers, the conference will cover the topics of autistic wellbeing, autism and employment, communication as autistic parents, and understanding autistic experience.

The event takes place on Thursday, 16th May from 9.30am. Places are limited, so please sign up to secure your place by clicking the button below or choosing "Book tickets" from the navigation menu above.

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Performing neurotypical social interaction harms Autistic people. So why are we still using Social Skills Training?

Presenter: Emily Lees

In this talk, Emily will discuss her personal experiences growing up as an autistic person, having been told the way she talks, acts and dresses is wrong, and the impact this has had on her wellbeing.

Emily says that the idea that autistic children have social deficits and social impairments is wrong and stigmatising, and she wants to completely eliminate social skills training within speech and language therapy practice, adding that it significantly harms wellbeing and mental health.

About the presenter

Emily is an Autistic Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) based in Manchester. She is the Founder of and Co-Founder of

Emily works in a specialist setting supporting Autistic children and young people, and campaigns for radical changes in therapy practices through public speaking, training, and education in order to transform the way professionals assess and support Autistic people.

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