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Hay Festival and Ruskin Mill Trust have joined forces to launch Neurodiversity: a Living Conference, a new platform to explore and celebrate neurodiversity, taking place Friday 27 & Saturday 28 July 2018 at Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth.
Aimed at parents and professionals, the two-day event will feature talks, panels, performances and workshops that offer new perspectives on autism, creativity and engagement. Delegates will also work alongside students to experience the therapeutic and productive aspects of craftwork.
Speakers and performers will include Dr Shaun May (University of Kent); Jessie Hewitson, author of Autism: How to Raise a Happy Autistic Child; Laura James, author of Odd Girl Out; Dr Veneta Cooney (United Kingdom Environmental Law Association); Dr David Pearson (Anglia Ruskin University); medical adviser and trainer Dr Peter Grünewald; performance poet Kate Fox; Amanda Prowse, international best-selling author; artist in residence Jon Adams; Ruskin Mill College Principal Grainne O’Reilly; and Founder of Ruskin Mill Trust and Chair of Trustees, Aonghus Gordon.
Aonghus Gordon, founder of Ruskin Mill Trust and Chair of Trustees, said: “Our partnership with Hay Festival is not only an unparalleled opportunity to further research into neurological differences, but also to recognise that there is a need to broaden the conversation. Hay Festival is in perfect harmony with the vision and values held by Ruskin Mill Trust.”
Andy Fryers, sustainability director at Hay Festival, said: “We are excited to be working with Ruskin Mill Trust to put on a unique two-day event in Neurodiversity: a Living Conference. Having spent time working with the Trust to fine tune our own offer for neurodiversity at our events in Wales, we recognise a need to invite debate and discovery around best practice and new guidance, which we hope the conference will offer.”