Date and time: Tuesday 5 February 2013, 9am-4.45pm
Venue: University of London: Birkbeck College, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX (map)
Cost: £130 inclusive
Ambitious about Autism is hosting a one day conference aimed at professionals who support the transition of young disabled people into adulthood. The conference is aimed at those working in schools, local authorities, further education colleges and, more broadly, organisations that assist access to education, employment and community living. It is being delivered in partnership with the Association of Colleges, Natspec, Nasen, Dimensions and the Centre for Research in Autism and Education. It will focus on supporting practitioners to implement the forthcoming SEN and disability reforms, and will include updates from Government and the SEN pathfinders.
Registration time: 9am
Start time: 9.30am
End time: 4.45pm
The draft Children and Families Bill promises more choice and opportunity for young disabled people as they leave school. Those with an Education, Health and Care Plan will have the right to access further education as they progress towards adulthood. Alongside these education reforms, Government has reaffirmed its desire to support more disabled people to live as part of their local community and access employment opportunities.
This conference will examine the forthcoming changes in policy and legislation and showcase innovative practice.
Delegates will hear from civil servants, academics, commissioners, regulators and innovative providers who together will offer valuable insights into best practice when it comes to supporting young disabled people as they embark on adult life.
With a high-level plenary in the morning looking at latest policy and research, the afternoon will then feature bespoke workshop sessions on topics including:
Speakers include Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills, Department for Education; Professor Patricia Howlin, Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry; Dame Jo Williams, Chair, Care Quality Commission; Steve Scown, Chief Executive, Dimensions; Yolande Burgess, Strategy Director, London Councils; well as representatives from each of the organisations supporting the conference.
If you find the cost for tickets a barrier to attending, please let us know and we will do our best to ensure you are not excluded.
For more information about the conference please contact Olivia Danso on firstname.lastname@example.org and 020 8815 5162 or Mark Atkinson on email@example.com and 020 8815 5163.