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Different and Diverse ­— but not Defeated; a conference on disability and autism




Different and Diverse ­— but not Defeated is a disability conference taking place at Charles Street Methodist Church, Newark, on Thursday.

The free event is sponsored by the Newark and Sherwood Autism Support Group.

Around 80 people are expected, including 10 exhibition stands.

Different and Diverse ­— but not Defeated; a conference on disability and autism
Different and Diverse ­— but not Defeated; a conference on disability and autism

It is on from 9.15am for introductions to 2.30pm.

The key note speaker is Henry Normal, poet and co-writer of television sit-com The Royle Family.

His book, A Normal Family, gives personal insights into family life with his 20-year-old son who has autism.

The first session, with Paul Stafford, senior benefits advisor, opens at 9.25am and includes a question and answer session.

Session two is at 11.15am with Victoria Federico, a solicitor.

Henry will then be guest speaker at 1.30pm following a buffet lunch.

There will then be a book signing at 2.30pm.

Exhibition stands are expected to include:

  • ASK US (formerly Parent Partnership).
  • Small Steps.
  • Autism East Midlands Travel counsellors.
  • Colourful Hands.
  • Dolby Ltd.
  • Hope House.
  • Newark and Sherwood Autism Support Group Young Carers.
  • Newark and Sherwood YMCA Parent Carers Forum.

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