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Twitter Q & A Featuring Chris Bonnello, in Association with Network Autism

Wednesday, 17th, July, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Axcis are pleased to sponsor this live Twitter Q&A with Chris Bonnello. Chris is an autistic special needs tutor and formerly a primary school teacher. Since 2015 he has become a national and international speaker on autism issues and the award-winning writer behind autisticnotweird.com. Organised and hosted by our partners at NAS/Network Autism, the event will be an invaluable opportunity to “ask an expert” your questions.


The discussion will be hosted on the @networkautism Twitter account between 5pm and 6pm GMT on 17th July 2019. The discussion will look to give advice and support to professionals helping to support autistic children within education but we welcome wider autism questions for Chris as well. You can follow and take part in the discussion by using the hashtag #autismedchat. You can also tweet questions in advance using the hashtag #autismedchat or send them to networkautismsupport@nas.org.uk. Feel free to give us a mention too, using @Axcis. 

If you are new to Twitter Chatting, and want to take part…

Sign up for a free Twitter account – First of all you need to be a member on Twitter. If you’re not already, it is simple and free to join. Fill out your profile, add a picture and follow at least the leader of the Twitter chat you want to participate in (and Axcis of course!) Be sure to follow the chat hosts, guests and browse the posts on previous chats to see who else may interest you.

How to keep track of the chat – You can simply click on the hashtag on a tweet to see all of the recent tweets around that hashtag. If you try to follow the chat from your own timeline on the Twitter web site you can, but if it’s a big chat you can quickly lose the thread of the conversation. Fortunately there are a number of sites that allow you to follow the chat only and participate more easily, such as Tweetchat.com


You can also follow a hashtag in your Twitter client like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. Just set up a search for the hashtag and all of the tweets with that hashtag should show up in the search results. These apps range in difficulty and also in update speed. I suggest you pick one of these options, drop in a hashtag for an upcoming event and see if it works for you.

How it works

  • When someone organizes a Twitter chat they choose a hashtag related to the event and a time to hold the chat.
  • They let as many people as possible know about it and ask them to spread the word.
  • Often they will assign a moderator to welcome participants, ask questions and generally keep the conversation on track.
  • If there is a guest answering questions they may be posed by the moderator or the participants.
  • When you join the chat, spend a moment to scan the tweets around the tag. Who is talking? If there is a host or a featured guest what questions have been posted? What is the theme of the chat?
  • Feel free to share tweets from within the chat with your network, perhaps by re-tweeting or with comments, but don’t forget to use the hashtag so people can follow along
  • Re-tweeting the posts of another user in the chat is a common way to support statements from other tweeters and share them with your own networks
  • If you ask a question or respond to someone in the chat, use the hashtag so everyone can be in on the conversation
  • It’s OK to greet your friends who are participating in the chat with a quick mention, but don’t use the hashtag unless it’s on-topic
  • If you have enough space in the tweet to share their post and comment too – great, but if there isn’t you can re-tweet their comment intact and then @mentionthem with your feedback and be sure to use the hashtag
  • It’s acceptable to send a private tweet to someone if it is off the topic of the chat, but try to do it outside of the hashtag so it doesn’t end up in the archive of the chat
  • If you ask a guest to moderator a question, please stay on topic
  • You might want to let people know you’ll be participating in a chat in advance. This is a nice way to support the host and let your network know you may be a bit noisy during that time.

Twitter chats can be a fun way to talk about a topic, meet some people interested in the same thing as you are, grow your own network and have some fun. Give it a try!

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Are you looking for work in an autism school?

If you would like to work in an autism school or provision, why not get in touch or register with Axcis today? We have many vacancies for those who have experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum, or who are keen to develop their understanding of this important area of special needs.


Wednesday, 17th, July, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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