Autism Awareness Day 2021
Dean Beadle - Monday 29th March
We have an exciting opportunity for parents for Autism Awareness Day. We have organised for Dean Beadle, a guest speaker, to talk about his personal journey in understanding and celebrating his autistic identity. Exploring his experience of education and growing into adulthood, it will address many misconceptions and myths about autistic people and the societal changes that are needed for autistic people to be fully understood. It will also discuss the process of disclosing diagnosis and what is needed to make that a positive and empowering experience. There will be opportunities to interact throughout the session.
The session will be virtual at 1-1:45pm.
If you are interested, please can parents let the School Office know so we share the virtual links with you all.
Dean Beadle has toured the UK for over fourteen years sharing his experiences of being autistic. He has also delivered keynotes in Ireland, Denmark, Belgium and Germany as well as undertaking four seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on being autistic, and challenges negative public attitudes. In 2011 Dean's work was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed globally on YouTube. In recent years he has also become an in demand inset trainer and delivers training to staff across the UK. To date Dean has delivered over 800 keynotes, lectures and training sessions.
He is also an experienced journalist, having been a reporter, reviewer and columnist in local and national publications. In 2012, this part of Dean’s career culminated in him being appointed editor of the National Autistic Society’s ‘Autism in Practice’ newsletter which had subscribers in 90 countries.
Between 2012 and 2014 Dean sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards. Dean has co-chaired the NAS Professionals Conference, hosted charity balls, conferences and diversity festivals and co-hosted the Autism Uncut Film Awards at BAFTA in 2017. An interview with Dean is featured as a key resource in the Autism Education Trust training programme which has reached 200,000 schools’ staff.
Dean is also a singer and performs at charity balls and various events nationwide. Building on this, he also creates an annual series of Christmas edited social media comedy music videos, “The 12 Days of Instamas”. In November 2020, Dean released his first original music video, ‘Me And Your Normal Are Done’, which he co-wrote and performed with the band Aukestra. The song highlights the attitudes autistic people still have to face in society.
During the lockdowns of 2020, when all conferences and training sessions were cancelled, Dean moved his work online. He began by creating a series of humorous social media music videos, designed to lighten the mood in an otherwise overwhelming time. He also delivered, produced and edited filmed keynotes for online autism conferences and courses. Throughout lockdown, Dean filmed a series of popular weekly Facebook live vlogs ‘Walk with Dean’, took part in online Q+As for a variety of autism organisations and teamed up with colleagues Sarah-Jane Critchley, Dawn Brown, Lynn McCann and Sally Glossop to deliver a series of highly successful autism webinars.
Dean is honorary president of APCymru - an autistic led parent charity in Cardiff and is also patron of SPACE, a parent led charity in Hertfordshire, and ONE to ONE Enfield, a charity providing meaningful activities for LD/autistic adults.
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