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Prof Pellicano: The Annual Lauren Leclezio lecture – 7 June 2022 @12h30

Speaker: Professor Liz Pellicano

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Short Bio:

Professor Liz Pellicano has long been committed to transforming autism science so that it more accurately reflects everyday autistic life. She is Professor of Autism Research at University College London (UCL), having recently been Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Previously, she was Professor of Autism Education and Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL Institute of Education. Her most recent research, funded by a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council, identifies ways to bridge the gap between lab and life and open up research to greater involvement of Autistic people themselves, with the aim of generating scientific discoveries that bring real benefits to Autistic people and their families.


‘The Foundations of Autistic Flourishing’


At the core of all decent societies is an effort to enable all people to live full and flourishing lives. But what does a flourishing life look like for Autistic people? And how can we all help to build a foundation for such lives? In this talk, Liz Pellicano contends that answering these questions requires us to step away from key assumptions that have structured autism science for decades now. She explains the ways in which both hidden biases and methodological errors too often obscure understanding the nature of Autistic flourishing. She also traces the contours of a new scientific process, one that breaks down the distinction between ‘lab’ and ‘life’ and places Autistic people and their families and allies right at the heart of research decision-making itself.

Kindly Note:  The recording will be uploaded on the department’s website  .

Please allow for 2-3 working days.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 7, 2022 12:30 PM Johannesburg

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Autism South Africa!