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Autistic Peer Group CRAE Travel The World: Conferences CRAE’s PhD Student Kana Umagami has recently set up the Autistic Peer Group (APG). The APG is a new and unique initiative set up BY and FOR autistic students at University College London. For many reasons, life can be difficult for autistic students. Kana started this community in January 2019, with the hope of giving autistic students a sense of belonging and safety at university. APG provides an hour a week when autistic students can engage with each other in a safe and calming environment, providing a space for developing an authentic sense of connection. The APG meets every Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm during term time. If you’re a current or prospective autistic student at UCL and are interested in joining, email Kana for more details. kana.umagami.18@ucl.ac.uk

It’s been another busy year for CRAE members! We have been invited to present our research nationally and internationally. Key highlights include the annual International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), held in Montreal (Canada) in May 2019. Here the CRAE team presented 9 posters. CRAE’s Brett Heasman also gave a talk on disclosing a diagnosis of autism.

In June 2019, CRAE members presented at the Autistica Discover Conference in Reading, UK. In addition to poster presentations by several CRAE members, Brett Heasman hosted a breakfast workshop sharing insights from CRAE’s Neurodiversity Employment Survey. Several members of the CRAE team then travelled to Nice (France) in September for the Autism Europe International Congress. In addition to CRAE’s Laura Crane chairing a session on family and stakeholder experiences, CRAE presented two posters and gave two talks. CRAE’s Alyssa Alcorn also co-led a workshop, sharing practical ‘lessons learned’ from DE-ENIGMA’s studies with over 180 school-aged autistic children with additional intellectual disabilities in the UK and Serbia. In October 2019, Laura Crane travelled to Madrid in Spain, to give a talk on mental health in young autistic people for the Confederation Autismo Espana.


10-Year Anniversary


In April 2019, CRAE handed over its Facebook and Twitter accounts to our autistic team members and collaborators for World Autism Awarenss Week (WAAW)! Contributors shared their views and experiences of autism research.

It’s All Academic

In October 2019, CRAE took part in UCL’s third It’s All Academic Festival. It’s an opportunity for the public to go behind the scenes at UCL, quiz leading academic and get hands-on with some of UCL’s most exciting work through talks, workshops and exhibitions. CRAE’s Jana Brinkert, Kana Umagami, Maria Ashworth and placement student Julie Cumin hosted an interactive stall, where audience members were able to wear Muse headbands to measure their brain’s electrical activity, and (with the help of an app) visualise their mood! Contact us: IOE.crae@ucl.ac.uk

CRAE turned 10! This year, CRAE celebrated 10 years of autism research! This would not have been possible without the generous support from our funders and supporters, plus all the fabulous children, young people, adults, families, practitioners, teachers and school staff who so generously give up their time to help with our research. So to commemorate this momentous occasion, and say THANK YOU, we had our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration at the beginning of November 2019. We took this opportunity to showcase snapshots of our research over the years, and delved further into the next decade of autism research.

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CRAE Newsletter Issue 14  

The latest research, news and events from The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education.

CRAE Newsletter Issue 14  

The latest research, news and events from The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education.

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