Hay Festival and Ruskin Mill Trust presented a new weekend conference exploring and celebrating neurodiversity, on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July 2018, at Ruskin Mill College, Nailsworth.
Aimed at parents and professionals, Neurodiversity – a living conference featured talks, panels, performances and workshops offering new perspectives on autism, creativity and engagement. Delegates also worked alongside students to experience the therapeutic and productive aspects of craftwork.
The event has taken place, but you can explore the programme here: rmlt.org.uk/Event/neurodiversity-a-living-conference.
Speakers and performers included University of Kent’s Dr Shaun May; author of Autism: How to Raise a Happy Child Jessie Hewitson; UKELA’s Dr Veneta Cooney; Anglia Ruskin University’s Dr David Pearson; medical advisor and trainer Dr Peter Grunewald; poet Kate Fox; artist in residence Jon Adams; Ruskin Mill College’s principal Grainnne O’Reilly; and founder and executive chair of Ruskin Mill Trust, Aonghus Gordon.
Established over 25 years ago, Ruskin Mill Trust is a charity working with children and young people with complex behaviour and learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum conditions. Thousands of students have benefitted from the Trust’s innovative Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) method helping young people overcome their barriers to learning and become skilled through doing real life purposeful activities enabling them to realize their own potential. The Trust’s schools and colleges across the country offer both residential and day placements with admissions being accepted all year round. rmlt.org.uk