Programme at Bush House



13:00 - 13:30  Registration and Networking. Refreshments will be served

13:30 - 13:35  Scene setting (Alex Cairns) – 5 mins 

13:35 - 13:45  Challenging modern employment practices: Diversity in the digital age

13:45 - 14:20  Ray Coyle, Auticon CEO: Delivering promise for the digital age

14:20 - 14:55  Arran Linton-Smith, Autism Employment Advocate

14:55 - 15:30  Annelise Thornton, Regional HR Director - Europe, FieldCore: Diversity driven from the top

15:30 - 16:00  Fireside Chat: “Is Autism a disability?” John Collins in discussion with Arran Linton-Smith

16:00 - 16:05  Reena Dayal: IoD support for this event and autistic people in business 

16:05 - 17:15  Occupational Therapies making a difference in early years education: 

                         Alison Cairns: Specialist Neurodiversity Paediatrics Occupational Therapist

                         Diana Pierags: Clinical Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Lewisham and 

                         Greenwich NHS Trust 

                         Hester Velthius: Senior Researcher, King’s College London: Neurodevelopmental 

                         disorders and their treatment

                         Gráinne Yeatman: Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

17:15 - 17:35  Success in early intervention: Dominic Cairns - on the ASD spectrum describes how he 

                         has benefitted from early years intervention and how this has helped him become a 

                         university student

17:35 - 18:00  Speakers’ Panel: So, what next? Chair: Alex Cairns 

18:00 - 18:10  Call to action: how we’ll move forwards? 

18:10 - 20:00  Networking drinks and nibbles

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