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About the Conference

Beyond the stereotypes: enhancing the recognition and education of autistic girls* to improve their future quality of life

Please note that we have made the decision to postpone the conference until 2021. Please click here for more details.

This three-day conference emerges from an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. To read more about the project, click here. The conference is being held at the University of Surrey and aims to bring together academics, autistic people, medical practitioners, psychologists and teachers to explore the recognition, education and future lives of autistic girls, women and marginalised gender identities.

*please note that whenever we use the term autistic girls, we are also referring to women and marginalised gender identities.

8th September Recognition of autistic girls

  • Improving diagnostic recognition for autistic girls, women and marginalised genders
  • Addressing the under representation/under-ascertainment of autistic girls and women, including bias against receiving assessment and bias against meeting diagnostic criteria
  • Identifying and describing the lived experiences and characteristics of autistic girls
  • Evidence based gender (in a non-binary sense) differences in autism, including gender-specific patterns in mental health for autistic girls, women and marginalised genders

9th September Issues around the education of autistic girls

  • Identifying the educational needs of autistic girls
  • Issues relating to the educational environment of autistic girls
  • Supporting the wellbeing of autistic girls in educational contexts
  • Consideration of alternative methods of education

10th September Futures of autistic girls

  • Futures for autistic girls as adults
  • Futures for participatory autism and gender research
  • New voices in Autism Research (includes keynote panel of early career researchers)
  • Key issues and priorities for future research (e.g. mental health across the life course, interest led learning, autism and menopause, representing autistic girls with learning disabilities)

Information about tickets will available shortly.

Please note the preferred language for this event is identity first (i.e. autistic person).


The conference will be inclusive and accessible, informed by the training and practices that the project, team and the University of Kent have developed through the pioneering Autism Arts Festival and research projects such as Imagining Autism and Playing A/Part.

  • AccessAble information about the campus is available here.
  • Further information to follow.

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