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Acceptance Matters is a virtual conference hosted by the North East Autism Society, with autistic speakers to mark Autism Acceptance Week. The event takes place on Thursday, 1 April from 9.30am. Places are limited, so please register to secure your place.

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Presentation overview: The Verbal Spectrum

Presenter: Quinn Dexter 

In this talk Quinn will talk about autistic communication and the factors that influence it. Quinn will provide insight into understanding why autistic people may utilise things like echolalia, scripting, deflection and speaking in the third person.

Quinn aims shift the emphasis from training us to communicate in a more NT fashion towards understanding the reasons behind our comms styles, thereby opening the way to removing communication barriers.

About the presenter

Quinn is the chief creator and the driving force behind the ever growing you tube channel Autistamatic.

Quinn found out he was autistic as a teenager, some years before the concept of "The Autism Spectrum" was widely accepted and incorporated into diagnostic manuals. Over more than three decades he has watched autism go from a little-known curiosity to a phenomenon that almost everyone has heard of.

Despite the great progress that has been made in awareness in that time, he never lost sight of the fact that awareness is only part of the problem facing autistic people today. Acceptance is the bigger problem. Too many people, including some on the spectrum, have little understanding of the true scope of what being autistic means, it's benefits, it's deficits and the disabling influence that lack of understanding has on the lives of every single Autistic person alive today.

With a little help from his friends, Quinn established Autistamatic to do what he can to educate others and to help autistic people realise they can be more than just their limitations.

Find out more about Quinn