They do know and sense something, which most people don’t know or feel on their own body. Those people with autism, that is. By allowing neurotypicals an insight into their autistic world they promote an understanding and acceptance in our common society which in the end can become self-help as professionals and relatives know and accommodate the challenges of autism and at the same time remember to see possibilities instead of limitations, allowing them to support development by people with autism. We have always emphasized the importance of facilitating time and place for the voice of autism at the International Autism Conference in Skive, i.e. let people with autism step up to the rostrum and share their special professional knowledge and tell their personal story. The 27th edition of the conference is no exception as every third workshop has a speaker with autism.


The first keynote speak this year is however done by a very knowledgeable professional, Patricia Howlin, who is a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. From a number of recent studies she will offer suggestions as how to accommodate the special needs of adults with autism and improve life quality and wellbeing through their lifetime. This year we also have the special privilege to present for the very first time in Denmark John Miller from the United States of America, who is on the spectrum himself. In two very different speaks he will not only address autism and the myth of normality, a theme session on misperception of autism in the society, but also guide us through the social code for dating and the pitfalls in relationships as the closing keynote speak of the conference.

Other theme session will include behaviour based with respectively sensory motor skills and regulation of arousal regulation. While Kirsten Bundgaard will enlighten us with knowledge on how sensory difficulties can be cooped with through body training, Ditte Rose Andersen will present how special pedagogical methods as Intensive Interaction can support a meaningful collaboration and reduce the risk of inexpedient behaviour.

On top of the keynotes and theme sessions above, we also offer 3 rounds of practice-oriented workshops during the conference. Here you can find new professional knowledge and inspiration as well as an opportunity to share experience with both academics and practitioners. A total of 27 workshops are presented, which range widely in terms of topics, age groups and level of functioning.

After a long day with autism and a delicious banquet in good company, it is time for a little entertainment. Mads Keiser will tell us a little about the differences between men and women in his show, which answers questions like why are men so poor when sick? Why are women better liars? Whats the logic in women’s logic? And why can a man not admit that he does not have an answer to any question?

See you there!

Poul Christian Soerensen
Chairman of the Board, The Foundation Samraadet



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