Leisure can be just as important for autistic people as formal academic presentations. We will have a period each afternoon for scheduled leisure workshops. There will also be free time in the afternoons to do activities of your choosing. In the evenings, structured discussions or informal social activities are available. Most unstructured leisure activities are available during workshops and lectures as well, for those who choose not to attend.

Leisure Sessions (non-verbal workshops)

We will be offering some formal/instructed leisure sessions, which could also be considered non-verbal workshops (although the are not completely non-verbal, they are not word-based in the way lectures and workshops are), for those who are interested.

Free Time

There will be some free time in the schedule. Autscape participants can sign up for different free time activities if they like, or use the time to socialise or have some time to yourself. Most free time activities are always available as long as there is space. Attendance at workshops is purely optional.

Quiet Time

In the busy and people-filled days at Autscape, don't forget to take some low-stimulus time to rest, relax, and gather yourself for the next activity. The venue and its environs have areas to walk in. There is enough space that if you need some time alone, it is possible to get far enough away from everyone for a while. The quiet room, in which no interaction or unnecessary noise is allowed, is available at all times during Autscape. Of course you can also relax on your own in your room, in the common rooms, in the grounds, or anywhere outside the venue.

Physical Activity

There is plenty of outdoor space for physical activities.

Computer and Video

If you bring a laptop, we hope to be able to offer access to the Internet via WiFi. We will be bringing some autism-related videos and DVDs which can be viewed during Autscape. You may also bring along something you would like to watch.


While it may be quite averse to some people, others will enjoy socialising with other participants. Just be sure to respect the Interaction Control Badges. You may find someone who shares interests or experiences with you, but if you don't, try not to take it as anything more significant than just having unusual tastes. For those who like socialising with a little more structure and a little less intensity, there may be board games such as chess or card games. Please feel free to bring any favourites you are willing to share.


Each evening, there will be an area you can gather to socialise. There will be various planned and unplanned discussions going on. Some will be structured and facilitated to help more reluctant communicators have their say on issues.