Laurence Arnold - Specialist in Autism, Disability Studies.

Career History:

Doctoral Researcher - University of Birmingham September 2007 –

• Video as an educational resource in autism
• Ethical research using the emancipatory and participatory paradigm
• Part time lecturer in autism and the social model perspective
• Post graduate students representative
• Regular presenter at national and international conferences

Director and Trustee - National Autistic Society September 2003 – November 2009

• Assisted in major governance review ensuring the society’s fitness for 21st Century.
• Influenced policy towards inclusion and positive role models.
• Capable decision maker, ensuring sound financial management in difficult times.
• Oversight of crucial campaigning leading up to the Autism Act 2009
• Introduced new perspectives from prior involvement with other disability organisations eg. RADAR, Coventry Council of Disabled People, Autscape
• Building on prior experience as a carer, researcher and advocate

Education:

The University of Birmingham:
PGCert (Special Education) Autism Adults 2006 -2007
Cert HE Autistic Spectrum Disorders 2002 - 2005
Hereward College of Further Education:
HND Media (moving image) Distinction 2001 - 2003

Prior research projects:

1987 ‘Getting There’ presented to D.P.T.A.C. and W.M.P.T.E. (initiated and executed):
1990 ‘The hidden minority’ funded by the opportunities for volunteering consortium.(initiated and supervised)
1991 ‘Left out in the cold’ funded by Coventry City Council and Central Government Action for Cities fund. (initiated and supervised)

Publications:

(1984 – 1998) Ed. Trunk Calls Coventry Council of Disabled People. Coventry
(1986, 1989, 1990, 1992) Services for Disabled People and their carers. Edns 1 – 4 Coventry Council of Disabled People. Coventry.
(2002) A piece of the action "Communication" the magazine of the National Autistic Society Spring 2002 Vol 36 No1
(2007) Trust to the Board "Communication" the magazine of the National Autistic Society Winter 2007
(2009) review of Can the World Afford Autistic Spectrum Disorder? Nonverbal Communication, Asperger Syndrome and the Interbrain by Digby Tantam, Good Autism Practice (GAP), Volume 10, Number 2, October 2009 , pp. 99-100(2)

Conference Papers and Posters:

2005: 'Whichever way you look at it, it’s still Autism', Autscape
  'Terra Incognita' (video) and panel chair - Facing the Challenge, meeting the challenge, NAS
  'Whichever way you look at it, it’s still Autism', AWARES on line conference.
  'Whichever way you look at it, it’s still Autism', Autism and Representation (association for research into popular fictions) John Moores University.
2006: 'What is normal, the perils of doing it societies way', AWARES on line conference.
  'Disability and Impairment what is the difference?', Disability Studies Association Lancaster University
2008: 'Video as an educational tool in autism, an under researched topic', Research into Practice, NAS
  'Does medical research in autism proceed "arse backwards"?' - Disability Studies Association Lancaster University
  'Video as an educational tool in autism, an ethical methodology?' (poster) - Disability Studies Association Lancaster University
  ‘Discovering the Autistic tribes, new territories for the Internet Anthropologist’ Perspectives of Autonomy and Autochthoneity in the 21st century.’ Disability and the Internet: Access, Mediation, Representation - cultural disability studies network Liverpool John Moores University
2009: 'Video as an educational tool in autism, an ethical methodology?'
  'Video as an educational tool in autism, an ethical methodology?'
(poster)
  'Artistic Autistics', Autscape
2010: Key note speech – Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane, Manchester Metropolitan University
  ‘Fully human, fully here, the impact of current research paradigms on the conceptualisation of Autism’, School of Ed. Research Student Conference Birmingham University
  ‘Fully human, fully here’ Disability Studies Association, Lancaster
  'Worlds apart' (poster) Grad. School Research Poster Conference Birmingham University,
  'Worlds apart, beyond conventional ethics' (poster) 3rd Autism Neuroscience Conference, Cambridge University

Associations:

National Autistic Society
Royal Soc. for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
William Morris Society