Bigger And Better In Leeds 2017

Monday 3rd April 2017   Leeds CivicHall    9.30am-3pm

The Jigsaw Tree and other local groups will be Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day 2017 together.

WHAT’S ON:
9.30am – doors open
10.00am – welcome speech
11am – talk by Janine Booth
12.30pm – talk by Anna Kennedy OBE
3pm – event finishes

Janine Booth is an autistic activist, trade unionist and performance poet. She is the author of Autism Equality in the Workplace, a book featuring many autistic people’s stories about finding and keeping work.

Her talk will be about the book, the difficulties that many workplaces cause for autistic people and how we can overcome them.

A mother of two sons who have been diagnosed with autism, Anna Kennedy OBE is a famous autism campaigner who has helped to set up schools for autistic children. She has also had a book published and founded Autism’s Got Talent, a showcase for autistic people to demonstrate their various skills.

She has just recently won The Humanitarian Award at the International Recognition Achievement Awards in Central London. Here’s Anna in her own words:

“Ever since I started my own journey with my own boys Patrick and Angelo and wanting to help and support those who like them have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition I am frustrated and disappointed with the lack of facilities and support across the UK. Groups like Bigger and Better In Leeds are helping to raise further autism awareness and hopefully acceptance.”

Stalls and info

At the 2017 event, there will be many stalls from local Leeds autism services. On the ground floor of the Leeds Civic Hall’s Banqueting Suite, will be children’s services. On the first floor, just outside the main hall, adult services will be present.

At each stall, there will be lots of information about autism in Leeds and we will be there from The Jigsaw Tree, of course! Find us on Facebook and Twitter too.

Bigger And Better In Leeds is organised by:

Leeds Autism Services, Specialist Autism Services, Leeds Autism AIM, and Leeds ABC Group