Priory Events

27 May

North Hill House School's Second Autism Conference

09:40 AM  to  15:30 PM

Merlin Theatre, Bath Road



BA11 2HG

The North Hill House School's Second Autism Conference will take place on Friday 27th May 2016.

The conference is designed to help develop attendees' existing knowledge of autism and to explore strategies to support learners with autism.

Meet the presenters

Ros Blackburn – Logically Illogical: Information and insight into autism

Ros is an adult with autism. She was diagnosed at age 18 months and now, in spite of severe limitations imposed by her condition, lectures nationally and internationally.

Her talk ‘Logically Illogical’ will give information and insight into autism and will show Ros’ great courage and strong sense of humour in facing her fears and tackling life’s challenges. During her talk, Ros will draw on her own experience of living with severe autism and will bring a perspective that is unique. Ros tells it ‘as it is’ and does not disguise the fears and limitations that are part of her daily life. 

Sheila Barton - Living with Jonathan: Lessons in love, life and autism

Sheila is a local writer, having lived in Bath for the past 35 years, and has worked as a teacher and lecturer as well as a senior manager in various national charities. She has been on the executive council of the National Autistic Society and is an experienced public speaker.

Sheila’s recently published book, ‘Living with Jonathan: lessons in love, life and autism’ details how, having a son with autism and severe learning difficulties, she has had to learn how to live a different kind of life and adapt as a mother.

Copies of Sheila’s book will be available to purchase on the day of the conference.

Allison Hope-West, Director of Autism at Priory Group

Allison works alongside schools and colleges to support and enhance autism knowledge, skills and practice across Priory Group. Allison is also an associate of Birmingham University and lectures at Masters Degree level.

Event details

The conference will take place at two locations throughout the day, starting at The Merlin Theatre and then moving to North Hill House School before lunch. Both locations are based in Frome and are a short distance from one another.

Lunch will be provided on the day. Please raise any dietary requirements when registering your interest.

Pricing for the event is as follows:

  • Local Authority Commissioners: free of charge
  • Local Authority representatives, professionals and school representatives: £45 each or 2 for £80
  • North Hill House School parents: free of charge
  • Other parents: £25 each or 2 for £40
  • Priory Group employees: £30 each or 2 for £50

To view the agenda, please click here

Register your place today

If you have any questions about the conference or would like to register your place, please call 0808 149 9667. Or complete our short enquiry form.