Wearside researchers host autism conference

 Preparations are underway for ESPA Research, a subsidiary of ESPA (Education and Services for People with Autism) to host a conference in Durham in July 2013. Over 100 delegates including people with autism, their parents, and health- and social care professionals from all over the country are expected to attend the conference on 13th July at St Leonard’s School, Durham dedicated to looking at autism throughout the lifespan.

“This conference will provide a platform to showcase the cutting-edge research being carried out by ESPA Research and others” said Lynda Todd, the conference organiser. “At the same time also demonstrating how research and good practice can be effectively translated into real-life strategies to help improve quality of life for people with autism and their families”. 

Autism is a life-long condition present in an estimated 1-2% of the population. It primarily affects the way a person communicates and deals with their social environment and people around them. Autism is poorly understood with currently no genetic or biological test to aid diagnosis. Whilst no universal intervention strategy has been found to manage the more complicated symptoms of autism, the conference will be a vehicle to showcase recent developments in understanding and intervention for the condition including implementation of the Autism Act (2009) and service provision.