Past presentations and papers


I am an experienced and well reviewed speaker and have presented at many conferences and other events.

Past presentations include:

On supporting autistic people to more effectively influence policy and practice

Two presentations at Autwave, Helsinki, 2019:

1) Putting Autistic voices on the map

2) Mapping law and public policy

On what good social care for autistic people looks like

On 14th November 2019, I spoke on behalf of the National Autistic Taskforce at 'Innovation in Autism Practice: The Future is Here', Glasgow (Scottish Autism) on:

1) An Independent Guide to Quality Care for Autistic People

On Safeguarding Autistic Adults

Two presentations at the NAS conference on 'Autism and Complex Needs'  2017:

(1) Managing Risk: Protection vs Autonomy

(2) Working with Aggressive and/or Severe Self-Injurious Behaviour

'Safeguarding Autistic Adults' at Learning Disability Today 2017

On topics around Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

Learning Disability Today, 2019 - Liberty Protection Safeguards 

Autism Europe Congress 2016 - Panel on the Deprivation of Liberty of Autistic people  (click here for presentation slides)

Autism Europe Congress 2016 - Workshop on 'Why Autism Strategies need to address the issue of legal capacity: substituted vs supported decision-making – what is the difference and why does it matter?'

On the Care Act

Learning Disability Today National Conference 2016

NAS Professionals Conference 2016

Quality and Compliance Conference, Manchester in November 2015

Association of Public Authority Deputies Annual Conference in Birmingham in May 2015

NAS Conference on Transitions in Manchester in June 2015

On School Improvement for Autistic Pupils (with Toni Macartney, Headteacher, St. Clement's School)

Autism Europe Congress 2016 - Turning it around – going from failing pupils on the autism spectrum to 'outstanding progress': case study of a special school

NAS Professionals Conference 2016

On Autism, Sex and the Law

NAS Conference on Autism, Relationships, Puberty, Sex and Sexuality in Birmingham in October 2015

On autistic participation in the social care system

NAS Autism and Participation Conference in London on 28th January 2014

ARGH Autism and Ethics Conference in Inverness in May 2014

On a range of topics including: law, benefits, using complaints to improve services, obtaining social care, managing support packages and person centred care planning.


On Making Public Services Accessible to Autistic People

for ARGH in April 2015




The Impact of the Care Act for adults with autism and learning disabilities in England in Autism and Intellectual Disability in Adults Volume 1: A Pavilion Annual 2017

‘The state of social work knowledge on autism must improve – the law requires it’, Community Care in October 2015

Turning it around – going from failing autistic pupils to ‘outstanding progress’ – case study of a special school, formely published in Network Autism 2015


Autism and Social Work 


Schwehr on Care

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