2010 Programme

This page about Autscape 2010 is of historical interest only. Go to the home page for current information.

We understand how important it is, especially for autistic people, to know what to expect before doing something new.

An important part of understanding the programme of activities, is understanding some of the challenges and benefits of attending.

Everything at Autscape is completely optional. You are not obliged to attend anything, communicate with anyone (unless you are a parent or carer), or participate in any way. If you are interested in doing things, there is plenty going on to entertain you throughout the day.


The theme for Autscape 2010 is: Autistic Wellbeing

Theme description

Autism is all too often portrayed as a disease or disorder with only negative aspects. But at Autscape 2010 we would like to discuss, develop and share strategies to both be autistic and be well. Presentations may cover topics like sensory and information processing, physical and mental health, meeting one's needs, being productive, social interaction, and community building.

Presentations which seek to develop the theme of Autistic Wellbeing will be given priority. The theme description can also be seen at: http://www.autscape.org/proposals/theme

We wish to explore a broad range of perspectives on being autistic in many different ways. This can be through formal presentations or workshops, and may be theoretical or practical. Many different types of input are welcome: traditional lectures, creative expression, physical activity, interactive workshops and more.

Broad Outline


There will be scheduled presentations in both lecture style and interactive workshops, on topics of relevance and interest to autistic people, with half hour long breaks in between.


After lunch we have a more relaxed, but still structured time, including structured leisure sessions, non-verbal workshops and facilitated discussions.


In the evening, there will be entertainment, informal discussions, videos, free time activities and a chance to gather over tea/coffee and chat.


There are always opportunities to go for walks, explore the surrounding area, spend time relaxing in the grounds, socialise or play board games.

Autscape fees also include meals and plenty of coffee and tea.

Presentation Types


Lectures are scheduled one at a time so anyone can attend without having to choose. They are generally more of the presenter speaking and less interactive than workshops, but each lecture should have an opportunity to ask questions. Don't let the word "lecture" put you off, it's only an explanation of the presentation style, not an indication that it will be long and boring.


Workshops are usually more interactive than lectures. They are also usually done in smaller groups. Autscape workshops will probably be scheduled two at a time, so some choices will have to be made. As well as allowing us to have a more varied programme and fewer people in each group, this stimulates discussion outside of the sessions as participants share what they learnt in the sessions they attended.

Structured Discussions

In the evenings, we will have a number of both unstructured and structured discussions. Structured discussions have a facilitator who has some information to share on the topic and will help participants each have their say.

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