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Logically Illogical - a talk on autism by Ros Blackburn (ID 735)

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This talk is delivered by Ros Blackburn, who is an adult with severe autism.  Now at 47, Ros lectures nationally and internationally giving insight into her own experiences and the care and education practices she has observed. In spite of the severe limitations imposed by her condition, Ros displays great courage (and a strong sense of humour) in facing her fears and tackling life's challenges.

In this talk, Ros Blackburn will draw on her considerable experience of living with severe autism and as a recipient of services and increasingly an observer of education and care approaches.  Ros brings a unique persepective and speaks to her audience to tell it 'as it is', not disguising the fear and limitations which are part of her daily experience. She is able to to convey her wonderful capacity for fun and zest for life and her refusal to accept 'second best' for herself or for others. She speaks of the approach taken by her parents to give her what she now describes as the 'veneer of social competence' that enables her to engage in a still largely autism-unfriendly world and explores with humour and passion the 'mistakes' from which she has had to learn and some of her coping strategies. From these, she is able to offer helpful advice on practical strategies (and even more helpful advice on what NOT to do!) Her talk also illustrates the problems of having an uneven profile of strengths and weaknesses, where often the strengths mask her very real difficulties and needs.

She does not advocate any one approach except that we should remember that people with ASD are people too and that 'common sense' should apply. Her position can best be summarised as an insistence on the need for high expectations for people with ASD linked with equally high levels of support. In a quote from her mother, Ros pleads that one should 'never make autism the excuse, but help the person overcome the problems caused by it.'

This talk is suitable for people with an autism spectrum disorder, their carers, families, educators and the planners and providers of these services.  

This is suitable for both primary and secondary phases. 


No. of peopleDescriptionPrice
1Per Person£10.00

This talk is scheduled once per academic year. 

This event is held at The Appleton School:

The Appleton School
Croft Road

Please come to the main reception on Croft Road to sign in and you will be escorted to the meeting room. 

Please can all delegates ensure they arrive at their destination 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event.  This will allow time for delegates to sign in at reception and be escorted to the meeting room.


Should delegates wish to cancel a place on a course you must notify the Benfleet Teaching School Alliance Manager, Denise Mair at DeniseM@thekjs.com. 

Failure to attend a course will be considered a cancellation and as such no refund will be offered. If you cancel a place on a fee-paying course within four working weeks, 50% of the fee paid will be reimbursed. Cancellations received within two working weeks will incur the full fee paid. Non-attendance of funded or free places without notification of extenuating circumstances within 48 hours will result in a charge to the school/organisation of £35 per session. Please inform us if you are unable to attend as this may allow another delegate to attend in your place. 

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