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Autistic social identity and how to safely foster authenticity

Webinar recording: 3rd October 2023

In this webinar, autistic authors Dr Amy Pearson and Kieran Rose explore the development of autistic personal and social identity across the lifespan, as well as how to safely foster authenticity. They draw on chapters from their recently published book, Autistic Masking, exploring these areas alongside a wider understanding of masking and the impact of stigma and trauma on autistic people.

About the speakers:

Amy Pearson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland and an autistic autism researcher. Her work focuses on understanding the impact of interpersonal victimisation among autistic people, and the relationship between autistic identity and masking/stigma.

Kieran Rose operates the Autistic Advocate, delivering specialist training and consultancy in autism and neurodiversity. He is a published research partner with the Institute of Leadership and Management on the experiences of neurodivergent people in employment. He is a Research Associate at the University of Sunderland, co-producing qualitative research into different areas on autism with his research partner, Dr Amy Pearson.