optionsAn organisation providing specialist autism services is holding a conference in the spring in support of autism awareness.

The ‘Autism – in pursuit of happiness’ conference will invite parents, carers and professionals to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the Options team, hear from expert speakers and provide the opportunity to get together with like – minded people to network and help raise awareness of autism.

Options provides specialist services for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) and complex needs and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).

The event will be in support of World Autism Awareness Week, held the 2-8 April 2016, which was launched to raise awareness and understanding of autism and make a difference to the lives of autistic people across the world.

The conference will take place on Tuesday 12 April, between 9am-3pm, at the Learning Development Centre (LCD) in Scunthorpe.

Throughout the day there will be guest speakers including Sarah Hendrickx; who was diagnosed autistic with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 43 – after she had written several books on the subject; Geoff Evans, an expert in his field supporting individuals with autism; and Dean Beadle, an experienced journalist who speaks about all aspects of growing up and living with Asperger syndrome, proving just how big a difference parents and professionals can make to children and young adults on the spectrum.

The conference will be the fifth annual autism conference hosted by Options since 2011. The demand for the conference has increased over the years, which has been helped by the ongoing partnership Options has with North Lincolnshire Council and the local CCG. The event has always been well attended, and receives positive feedback from both delegates and sponsors.

Russell Leese, Head of Options Autism Adult Service North, said: ““We’re delighted to be hosting another autism conference this spring, as it is a fantastic opportunity to share our knowledge with parents, families and carers. We’re looking forward to welcoming our expert guest speakers, and thank them for their support.”

Tickets for parents, family and carers are £5 and can be purchased via the booking form on the Options website on: www.optionsgroup.co.uk/news/autism-conf-16 . Tickets for professional are £10 and can also be purchased online. There is no charge for people with autism to attend, and breakout rooms will be available if required. Places are limited so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the event, contact Julie Ward at Options Roxby House on 01724 733 777 or email julie.ward@optionsautism.co.uk