Graduate’s South Bank date

Former Sheffield Hallam University Journalism student, Laurie Morgen, is set to speak at a conference at London South Bank University on November 7th.

Laurie, who is autistic, first began to develop her presentation skills whilst working towards her degree.

‘For a long time now, I have an ambition to talk to health, social care and education professionals about what it is like to be autistic. Back in 2008, just before starting my second year at Hallam, I went to a conference in London. Organised by the National Autistic Society, there was only one main stage speaker who was on the autistic spectrum. I just looked at him and thought, “Yes, I want to do that.” ‘

Laurie, 51, was diagnosed in her mid 40s and will be one of four speakers at the event entitled Diagnosing Autism. Laurie’s own talk will entitled Diagnosing Adults, What’s the Point? It is one in a series of presentations and workshops under the umbrella title of Inside Autism, Outside the Box. She recently delivered a training workshop for the National Autistic Society for incoming student mentors at DeMontfort University in Leicester.

You can contact Laurie at rainbow.attic@googlemail.com.

Further information about the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2012 can be found on the ESRC website: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/festival/

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