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Logically Illogical - a talk on autism by Ros Blackburn - online via Zoom(ID 976)

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The BTSA is pleased to be able to offer schools the opportunity to attend an online talk by Ros Blackburn. Ros is an adult with severe autism and lectures nationally and internationally giving insight into her own experiences and the care and education practices she has observed.

Ros Blackburn draws on her considerable experience of living with severe autism and as a recipient of services and increasingly an observer of education and care approaches.  Now aged 48, Ros brings a unique persepective and speaks to her audience to tell it 'as it is', not disguising the fear and limitations which are part of her daily experience. She is able to to convey her wonderful capacity for fun and zest for life and her refusal to accept 'second best' for herself or for others. She speaks of the approach taken by her parents to give her what she now describes as the 'veneer of social competence' that enables her to engage in a still largely autism-unfriendly world and explores with humour and passion the 'mistakes' from which she has had to learn and some of her coping strategies. From these, she is able to offer helpful advice on practical strategies (and even more helpful advice on what NOT to do!) Her talk also illustrates the problems of having an uneven profile of strengths and weaknesses, where often the strengths mask her very real difficulties and needs.

She does not advocate any one approach except that we should remember that people with ASD are people too and that 'common sense' should apply. Her position can best be summarised as an insistence on the need for high expectations for people with ASD linked with equally high levels of support. In a quote from her mother, Ros pleads that one should 'never make autism the excuse, but help the person overcome the problems caused by it.' In spite of the severe limitations imposed by her condition, Ros displays great courage (and a strong sense of humour) in facing her fears and tackling life's challenges.

This talk is aimed at people with an autism spectrum disorder, their carers, families, educators and the planners and providers of these services.  

The course is suitable for teachers, LSAs, cover supervisors and all staff supporting students with autism within both primary and secondary phases. 

For course flyer, please view: Logically Illogical by Ros Blackburn


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This talk is delivered by Ros Blackburn, who is an adult with severe autism.  Ros lectures nationally and internationally giving insight into her own experiences and the care and education practices she has observed.

This session will take place online via Zoom.  Please ensure that you have received joining instructions, including an ID number and password, prior to the session. 

Please contact Denise Mair on if you have any questions or have not received joining instructions.

Use of Zoom
For those of you that may not have used Zoom before, please load the app onto your chosen devise then simply click on the session link provided or  select “Join meeting” and type in the ID number and password provided. Remember to activate your video and audio so that you can be seen and heard by everybody and select gallery view (tap on top left of tablets for this option or swipe right on mobiles) so that you can see other participants and your facilitator.

Please can all delegates ensure they arrive at their destination 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event.  This will allow time for delegates to sign in at reception and be escorted to the meeting room.


Should delegates wish to cancel a place on a course you must notify the BTSA Manager, Denise Mair at 

Failure to attend a course will be considered a cancellation and as such no refund will be offered. If you cancel a place on a fee-paying course within four working weeks, 50% of the fee paid will be reimbursed. Cancellations received within two working weeks will incur the full fee paid. Non-attendance of funded or free places without notification of extenuating circumstances within 48 hours will result in a charge to the school/organisation of £35 per session. Please inform us if you are unable to attend as this may allow another delegate to attend in your place. 

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