This conference is about different aspects of having someone in the family who is on the autistic spectrum.  It will cover being autistic yourself, having a child, grandchild, sibling or spouse/partner with autism, “letting go” when the young person moves into adult services and how professionals can best work with individuals and families.  Our speakers all work in the field of autism, and also have a personal connection to autism.  



NAS Surrey Branch Conference, Saturday 29th September 2018 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

University of Surrey, Guildford

A conference for parents and other family members, people with autism, and 
the professionals who work with them.

                                                                                           The speakers are:

                                                                                           ANNA KENNEDY  O.B.E.,

                                                                   Campaigner and founder of Hillingdon Manor School

                                                                                            Dr. JOSHUA MUGGLETON

                                                                         Clinical Psychologist and person with autism

                                                                                                    MAXINE ASTON

                                                                                            Relationship Counsellor


                                                                                                     CLARE TRUMAN

                                                                                             Autism specialist teacher


                                                                                                         ROS POOL

                                                                       Head of NAS Cullum Centre, Salesian School

                                                                                                  ADELE GRANDON

                                                                         Locality manager, adult social care provider


                                                                                                        KATE BALL

                                                                                     Deputy head, Freemantles School

                                                                                                                           NICOLA JAMES

                                                                 Asst. Transition Team Manager, Surrey County Council


Click  here  for Speaker Biographies. For information on topics, please see below.


Anna Kennedy O.B.E.  -  Parenting children with autism
Anna is the mother of 2 sons with autism who are now adults.  In 1999, after her sons had been turned away by 26 schools, she set up her own special school, Hillingdon Manor, for pupils with autism, and she has since set up a second school and a college for students with autism.  She has written a book about her experiences, called Not Stupid, and she will talk about how autism has affected her family and what advice she would give other parents and professionals.  

Dr Joshua Muggleton - Growing up with autism and how professionals can help.
Joshua is a clinical psychologist working with children with autism and learning disabilities.  He has autism himself and also has three siblings on the autistic spectrum.  He is the author of “Raising Martians – from crash landing to leaving home: how to help a child with Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism”.  Joshua will talk about his experience of having autism and growing up in a family of 4 autistic children, and he will also speak as a psychologist about how professionals, parents and other family members can help people with autism.


Attendees can choose 2 different talks to attend from a choice of five. The topics will be: 

Strategies for successful relationships where a partner has autism. 
Speaker:  Maxine Aston,  relationship counsellor and author of 4 books about relationships on the autism spectrum including “The Other Half of Asperger syndrome (ASD)”.  Maxine has personal experience of living with a partner with Asperger Syndrome.

Supporting siblings of children and young people with autism. 
Speaker:  Clare Truman, specialist autism teacher, Founder of Spectrum Space and sister of a young man with autism.

School and home – parents, families and school staff working together.
Speaker:  Ros Pool, Head of NAS Cullum Centre, Salesian School, Chertsey.  Parent and grandparent of people with autism.

Transition to adult services:  Young people moving on and parents letting go - what parents and professionals need to know. 
Speakers:  Adele Grandon,  Locality Manager with independent adult social care provider developing supported living services in Surrey and Nicola James, Assistant Transition Team Manager for Surrey County Council.  Both are parents of young adults with autism.   

Managing behaviour of children and young people with autism. 
Speaker:  Kate Ball,  Deputy Head, Freemantles School

Places must be booked in advance. To reserve your place, go to our Eventbrite booking page by clicking here.

Early booking before 31st July: Parents/family carers, and people with autism are asked for £35* each, 
Professionals  £65* each   
Professionals group discount:  5 or more places - £60 each.
From 1st August it will be £40* for parents/carers and people with autism and £70* for professionals
*suggested donation.  Please contact us if you have difficulty meeting the cost.

Coffee, tea and lunch included.  Information stands and book stall available.

For a paper booking form or for any enquiries, contact Sara Truman at or tel: 07423 435413. 

Terms & Conditions: Cancellations refunded up to 30th August less £5 administration charge.

We reserve the right to change speakers or content due to unforeseen circumstances.

 The National Autistic Society Surrey Branch will look after your data as set out in the NAS privacy and data protection policy. See    You can opt out at any time by contacting