SWAN Events

Upcoming SWAN events

Swan IV: Daily Life Skills for Autistic Girls & Women

*Please note this event is now fully booked

We would like to invite you to the 4th in a series of learning seminars by peer support organisation SWAN: Scottish Women’s Autism Network 

This day event will be led by Sarah Hendrickx, Bill Colley, Dr Claire Evans-Williams and members of SWAN and will include presentations, workshops and Q & A.

Sarah Hendrickx was in her 40s before she knew she was autistic. It explained a lot about all sorts of things she’d found difficult and puzzling throughout her life. In her presentation ‘An Autistic Women’s Survival Guide to Life’ Sarah will talk about familiar adventures of life as an autistic female and share ways in which she has found to live well in a strange world.

Bill Colley is an author, teacher and SEN consultant whose area of specialism is ADHD. He will be explaining what is meant by ‘executive function’, how it effects everyday life and presenting tips and tools for navigating such things as: how to cope with a new environment (i.e. university or college) and how to organise a day filled with demands (deadlines, getting from place to place etc).

Dr Claire Evans-Williams is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for The Autism Academy UK. Claire will be combining her personal and professional experiences of autism in this session on the development of an ‘Autistic Hierarchy of Needs’ as a practical tool for supporting health and wellbeing.

Date: Monday 2 October 2017
Time: 9.50am – 4.00pm (registration opens from 9.15am)
Venue: IET Glasgow: Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB
 Cost: Free

Who should attend:  Autistic girls and women, parents and partners.  Professionals are welcome, if invited and accompanied by an autistic individual.

Enquiries: Please direct enquiries to: KerryAnn MacDonald, Event Coordinator
Tel: 01259 720044
Email: events@scottishautism.org

For practitioners seeking CPD autism training, Sarah Hendrickx is also presenting for Children in Scotlandon Tuesday 3rd October in Edinburgh.

Past events

In 2015, SWAN held two learning events in partnership with Autism Network Scotland. Information about these events and links to the presentations can be found below. SWAN and ANS are hoping to continue to run further events together, and information about this will be posted here as plans arise.

Health and Wellbeing for Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum

Following the success of the first event in April, on October 28th SWAN and Autism Network Scotland hosted another conference at the University of Strathclyde, this time with a focus on health and wellbeing. Links to the videos and PowerPoints from the presentations can be found here.

Women, Girls and the Autism Spectrum

For the first time in Scotland, a conference for girls and women on the autism spectrum facilitated the exchange of information and experiences with practitioners. Women, Girls and the Autism Spectrum took place on April 27, 2015 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Videos of the presentations can be viewed on the Autism Network Scotland website here. If you would like to read a report about the findings from the workshop sessions at the event, please click here to read a document written by SWAN.