What’s new News Autism conference offers new insights for educators Over 100 delegates attended the Autism Education Trust (AET) in the North East conference, organised by Daisy Chain. Attendees from a wide variety of educational settings came along to discover how the AET could offer support in their work with young people. Daisy Chain has recently been awarded a licence to carry out early years autism training for the whole of the North East on behalf of the AET. The conference was joined by Newcastle College, who offer post 16 training, and educators who offer school age training too. Stuart Dexter, Daisy Chain chief executive welcomed delegates to the conference held at Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel in Darlington before AET programme manager, Sarah-Jane Critchley gave an overview of the day. Internationally renowned and inspirational autistic speaker Ros Blackburn gave a talk on autism and education from her perspective. Diagnosed at 18 months as severely autistic, Ros has learned to deal with everyday life but says it is an act she has had instilled in order to fit in with society. Now she offers lectures which give people an insight into what it is like to be autistic. Daisy Chain employee and former service user Connor Richardson also gave a talk on his experiences of his journey through the education system with an autistic spectrum disorder. Delegates also had the opportunity to experience a taste of the training in breakout sessions. Stuart Dexter said, “It was an important learning experience for all the delegates and demonstrated how important it is to have an understanding of autism in every educational setting. It was also inspirational and moving to hear first-hand the affect that autism can have on a person’s life and the support and understanding everyone with an autism spectrum disorder needs to live a fulfilling and happy life.” You can read more about the AET training that Daisy Chain offers by visiting our AET Early Years Training pages.