2011 Programme

This page about Autscape 2011 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 2011 is: Owning Autism

Theme Description

Autism Spectrum Conditions (including Aspergers Syndrome) can be officially diagnosed by clinicians. They are examined, thought about, and commented on by academic researchers, journalists and parents. These people contribute to defining what autism means in society. However, autism is experienced from the inside by autistic people.

We want to examine who currently "owns" autism and how ownership is expressed. We invite consideration of the ways autistic people own our condition.

Broad Outline

Each of the main days (Tuesday and Wednesday) follow a similar pattern, morning and afternoon. Two presentations, then a half hour break followed by concurrent discussions of the presentations.

The afternoon sessions, however, will not commence until 15.00. This allows for a leisurely lunch/rest period 12.30-14.00 and opportunities for leisure activities 14.00-15.00.

Evening activities will include entertainment, informal discussions, DVDs, and a chance to relax 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 may be scheduled at the same time as some other activities, 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

Throughout the conference there will be a number of unstructured and structured discussions. Some of these, including those following main presentations, may be scheduled at the same time as other discussions or activities, so choices may have to be made. 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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