Living Autism is now offering the Autism Champions courses to all organisations across a broader geographical base.

Living Autism has been successfully delivering Autism Champion courses since 2015.

It is suitable for employers, local businesses and shops, public services, tourist attractions, hospitality venues and other community organisations.

The course is an in-depth two-day course covering aspects of how autism can affect individuals across the spectrum and how businesses might become more easily accessible to autistic people.

Champions will be able to cascade the information to their colleagues as appropriate for them. An electronic training pack will be provided once the course is completed.

The aim of this course is to provide attendees with underpinning knowledge and understanding of Autistic Spectrum Disorders/Conditions. It is intended to help attendees cascade the knowledge gained to their colleagues.

Some organisations which have already benefited from the course include: City of York Council, Cummins Engineering, Leeds University, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Tees Esk Wear & Valley Mental Health Trust, Tesco, Wilf Ward Family Trust, Yorkshire Museums Trust and Yorkshire Archaeological Trust.

Day One of the course covers -
  • Characteristics of autism (the bulk of the session)
  • Behaviours and impact
  • What works
The day also touches upon -
  • Legislative requirements
  • Etymology and prevalence
  • Possible causes and diagnosis
  • History and co-morbidity
Day Two of the course provides attendees the opportunity to consider how to cascade the information and looks at –
  • Audience
  • Environment
  • Learning Styles
  • How to personalise the information through stories and exercises
Course facilitation

The course will be delivered in a combination of theory, as well as practical and interactive exercises.

  • The fee for York is £325 + VAT
  • Early bird rate for York is £295 + VAT up to 10th May 2019
  • The fee for London is £425 + VAT
  • Early bird rate for London is £395 + VAT up to 8th August 2019
  • Refreshments and lunch are included
Course dates are –
  • York: 17th and 18th June 2019

    Spaces are limited to 12 attendees per course

  • London: 9th and 10th September 2019

    Spaces are limited to 14 attendees per course

Please book by scrolling down to the Register section or by emailing


09.15   Registration and coffee/tea
09.30   Start morning
12.45   Lunch break
13.30   Start afternoon
16.15   Finish

Matusiak, Manar

Manar Matusiak is Managing Director of Living Autism. She has 20 years' experience at director level in the specialist care and education sector, in particular in the field of autism. She helped to set up and develop the first transitional residential service in the country for young adults with autism and complex needs. Her background is in teaching and management. During her career, she was Personal and Professional Development Director for one of the national specialist autism providers, overseeing the development (including delivering direct training) of over 1,000 staff, managers and directors in children’s and adult’s provisions. She continues to train families and professionals across the country.

Pinder, Ronnie

“I am married with five daughters and live and work in York. Like an increasing number of people, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in adulthood, after over forty years of struggling yet not realising that others didn't experience the world in the way that I do. Diagnosis changed my life and gave me the confidence to speak in public about my experiences of being autistic. Since diagnosis I have been giving talks and taking part in training and workshops with both doctors and other clinicians and also to the general public. I offer a unique perspective giving first hand experiences.”

How to get to the conference

The training session on the 17th and 18th of June 2019 will be held at The Priory Street Centre in York.

The Priory Street Centre is within easy walking distance from York railway and bus station. There is a small car park at the venue paid for through the RingGo app. There is also car parking at Nunnery Lane car park -YO23 1AA for £12 for the day for those who need parking facilities.


15 Priory Street

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The training session on the 9th and 10th of September 2019 will be held at the Raddison Blu Hotel in London.

The Radisson Blu Portman Hotel is in the heart of London’s West End. Not far from the hotel you’ll find Marble Arch Station with the Central Line and Bond Street Station with the Jubilee Line. Likewise, Marylebone Station with over-ground rail services is just a 10-minute walk away.

You can find taxis and buses near the hotel.

Traveling by car

The hotel’s location in London’s West End, near Oxford Street, 300 metres east of Edgware Road, makes it easily accessible by car. The A40 motorway lies 1 kilometre north of the hotel, with easy access from the M40, M1 and M25. An NCP car park is located directly beneath the hotel with access on Gloucester Place (charges apply).

Nearby transportation
  • Marble Arch Underground (Central line) – 5-minute walk, 0.4 kilometres
  • Bond Street Underground (Central and Jubilee lines) – 10-minute walk, 1 kilometres


22 Portman Square

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  • The fee for York is £295 until the 10th of May and £325 after that.
  • The fee for London is £395 until the 8th of August and £425 after that.

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