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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Presentation overview: Fostering a positive autistic identity

Presenter: Lee Miller 

Keeping children and young people at the heart of any plans or decisions affecting their lives requires a commitment to truly know and understand their preferences and their voice. 
Is it truly their choice if someone else says ‘pick between these two things I’ve decided to offer you’? 
In this talk we explore autistic communication and the steps we’ve taken to help empower our young people to truly make their own choices. 

About the presenter

Lee joined the North East Autism Society in 2007 as a support worker and since has worked in a variety of management roles throughout Children's and Adult's Residential Services.  Lee qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2017 and worked within the NHS as an Acute Medical Nurse before being drawn back to the Society. Lee currently works at our North East Centre for Autism site, at Cedar House in Newton Aycliffe.

Lee is passionate about providing outstanding, person-centred care and support for autistic individuals and promoting their independence and voice to ensure that they have a say in all aspects of their lives.