“JKP’s work with the autism community goes back more than thirty years; our books in this area are the foundation and backbone of our publishing. We are immensely proud of the support we have provided over the years for those whose lives are touched by autism and feel privileged to be servicing this incredible community.”
Sanphy Thomas, Managing Director, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers has long been known for its pioneering list of books on autism and neurodiversity, but this year we’re taking on a new challenge – bringing our fantastic authors and readers together in one virtual room, for our first online conference; Connected by Autism.

Now, from 22-27th March, through six days of presentations and conversations, we hope to create a truly accessible conference space for learning, understanding and celebration. With each day based around a theme important to the community today such as receiving a diagnosis, mental health and wellbeing, or intersectionality, we’re offering our readers unprecedented access to the expertise and lived experience of our authors.

The past year has challenged us all, and the live events we’re used to attending have been sorely missed. Many autistic people struggled with the sudden and unpredictable changes in routine as lockdowns came and went, while others found that the move online offered opportunities to learn or socialise in alternative ways that suited them. An idea was sparked in the JKP autism team – could we bring our content to the community in a new way?

“JKP is proud to have published so many amazing authors, some of whom have written numerous books for us and many of whom feel like family. Every one – from autistic individuals using their voices to help, support and advocate, to professionals imparting expertise, to parents sharing experiences and advice – has created positive change in the autism community. I am delighted that such a diverse cross-section of our authors are involved in this event, and that our longstanding readers and people new to JKP alike will benefit from their knowledge and experience.”
Lisa Clark, Editorial Director, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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Featuring videos from: Lauren Brukner, Judy Eaton, Prithvi Perepa, Nura Aabe, Arianne Garcia, Suzy Rowland, Harry Thompson, Yenn Purkis, Michael Chissick, Raelene Dundon, Debby Elley, Jennifer Cook, Hayley Moss, Tony Attwood, Michelle Garnett, Gloria Dura Vila, Barb Cook, Kate Ross, and many more. There will also be three live talks from Sue Larkey, Pete Wharmby and Joel Shaul.

On topics including: Mental health and wellbeing, self-regulation, socialising and communication, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, the PDA profile, diagnosis, self-employment, yoga, masking and more.

“This conference represents an entirely new venture for JKP, bringing autism and neurodiversity content to our readers in innovative and more accessible ways. I’m so excited for the autism community to come together and enjoy the expertise and insights of our fantastic speakers”
Áine Ryan, Senior Marketing Executive, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Visit JKPautism.Thinkific.com to find out more, view the full schedule, and buy your ticket.

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