The first Autism Reference Group meeting of 2023 will have a themed discussion. The group, which feeds into the Leeds Adult Autism Partnership Board, will be focused on the topic of autism acceptance. At the meeting, they would like to know:

  • What you understand about autism acceptance
  • How local services can learn about and use it
  • What can be done to promote autism acceptance across Leeds

How does the group work?

This meeting is for autistic adults (aged 18 and over) who live in the Leeds City Council area. It will be facilitated by someone from Leeds City Council and chaired by Dr Sharon Elley, the Autism Reference Group’s Chairperson. Sharon is autistic herself.

In the group, they will ask you to share your thoughts about the topic and what can be done to improve autism acceptance in Leeds. At the end of the meeting, they will ask the group to choose up to three topics/questions to raise with the Autism Partnership Board.

They will also ask people attending to represent the group at the next Autism Partnership Board meeting. This will help to give autistic people a voice at the meeting.

When will the group meet?

The Reference Group is meeting on Tuesday 28th February from 4pm to 5:30pm. It will be online on Microsoft Teams and is free to attend.

If you would like to come, please email Phil Chan, Neurodiversity Commissioning Programme Leader for Leeds City Council, at [email protected]. Please also email Phil if you have any questions about the group and how it works.