Organised by The National Autistic Society (NAS) – an NAS Masterclass is a short training session that is focused on a specialist topic, delivered for practitioners within the autism field. The facilitator is someone who has developed expertise in the topic, demonstrated by their research output and/or practice.

We are pleased to announce our next NAS Masterclass…

Autism and gender dysphoria with Dr Wenn B. Lawson

Date and time: 22 September 2016, 9.30 – 12.30pm

Venue: Birmingham City Football Club, Cattell Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B9 4RL

Cost: £120 + VAT

Psychologist, lecturer and author, Dr Wenn has run his own business for 20 years. Being on the autism spectrum, Wenn is passionate about the rights of those who so often cannot speak for themselves. Wenn is the parent of four children (youngest son on the autism spectrum), and grand-parent to three, (including two gorgeous little girls, both on the autism spectrum) and knows the value of Family.

Dr Wenn is currently a Teaching Fellow with Birmingham University, UK, and a sessional lecturer at Melbourne University, Australia and other universities around the globe. He resides on several boards (including the local College) and The Autism Journal Open Access and is an advisor to researchers with the CRC in Australia. He has written numerous books and papers on autism spectrum conditions; covering topics such as education, sexuality, girls and women, aging, communication and sensory differences, technology, dual diagnosis and PDA.

Dr. Wenn’s seminars are research based, but they are also practical, down to earth and applicable to all individuals, parents, professionals and others wanting to understand autism and make a difference.

During this Masterclass, Wenn will explore autism and gender dysphoria, referencing both academic knowledge and understanding along with his own personal story and anecdotal accounts.

The session will discuss some of the research that is relating to individuals on the autism spectrum living with conflicting gender and sexuality issues. Including questions such as recognising gender variance in autism, how can we tell if gender and sexuality are issues of a permanent nature or are aspects of a special interest, what if these are not issues for the individual at all or are the result of an obsessive compulsive disorder along with the best ways to educate, support and tap into resources for families living with autism.

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