5 reasons we can’t wait for the Autism Professionals Conference

As proud supporters of the National Autistic Society, Axcis are thrilled to sponsor both the Autism Professionals Conference and an Autism Professionals Award, as well as speaking and exhibiting at this event being held on the 7th and 8th March in Harrogate. Here are 5 reasons we can’t wait to go:

1. Great development opportunities

Expert speakers will present an overview of the changing environment and the latest developments in the field of autism. Hear key information and learn from case studies illustrating best practice. With four different seminar streams to choose from, delegates can select the options which are most relevant to their work.

2. Teddy bear’s picnic

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Join us for a teddy bear’s picnic at the NAS Conference in March

Axcis are running a “teddy bear’s picnic” at the conference this year – come and collect an entry form from our stand, locate the 10 Axcis Andy bears hidden around the venue and make a note of all the food he’s bringing to the picnic for your chance to win a £50 shopping voucher.

3. SEND recruitment advice

We’re looking forward to speaking to school staff about their recruitment needs at this year’s conference. Whether you’re seeking specialist SEND staff for your provision, or looking for a new role yourself, why not come and have a chat to us on the Axcis stand? Our dedicated professionals will give you free, no obligation recruitment advice, so what do you have to lose?


4. Autism Professionals Awards

On the evening of the 7th March, the National Autistic Society will hold their annual Autism Professionals Awards. Axcis are again proud to sponsor an award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional. Shortlisted for this award are:

Adele Beeson


Adele started her career as a primary teacher with an interest in special educational needs. With the diagnosis of her son she became interested in autism and retrained as an autism professional. She has since supported autistic people across the full age-range in a variety of settings.


Adele now works as a specialist study skills tutor for Spectrum First ltd.  supporting university students to achieve their full potential. Her special interest within the field is sensory processing and she has been working with her students to develop a sensory curriculum as an awareness-building tool. She has recently led staff training in sensory processing.


Adele was diagnosed with autism and ADHD while studying for the MA Autism Spectrum which she completed in 2017.

Joanna Hastwell, Disability Adviser (Autism), University Cambridge


From studying fine art and the representation of disability in art, Joanna began her career in education. Nearly 15 years later Joanna has gone on to work on inclusion in higher education and universal design for learning. Some time ago Joanna studied Autism at Sheffield Hallam University and has co-published participatorary research and delivered projects which have contributed to positive changes in higher education. Joanna worked for Autism Victoria in Melbourne gaining an international perspective and, back in the UK is a board member for the National Association of Disability Practitioners.


Joanna continues to support students with autism to develop their own voice on equality and diversity, and work collaboratively across disciplines to realise inclusive practice.

5. Fantastic Networking Opportunities

As always, the NAS Professional Conference will provide unparalleled networking opportunities. Whether it’s talking to peers about best practice, or hunting out speakers after their seminars for further advice or questions, you are sure to have many useful and productive conversations during your time at the conference!

How to book a place

If you’d like to book a place at this event, please visit the NAS webpage for further details.

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