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Autism, Learning Disabilities & Offending Behaviour Conference

The Autism, Learning Disabilities & Offending Behaviour Conference is taking place on 16-17 April 2020 at Northumbria University, Newcastle. More information about the conference can be found here.

Papers and workshops are invited from any discipline or perspective relevant to the management or care of learning disabled offenders or those requiring similar services. Proposals by practitioners, service users, decision- and policy-makers, as well as by academics, students, researchers and advocates are welcomed.

The organisers will consider papers relating to the following topics:

  • Models of care for effective interventions (clinical interventions)
  • Research programmes and results
  • Policy development
  • Education and training
  • Organisational issues
  • Personality disorder
  • Advocacy and user issues
  • Minority issues
  • Women's issues
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Substance abuse
  • Transcultural issues
  • Autism spectrum disorders (including Asperger syndrome)
  • Offending-focused interventions

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words. They must be submitted using the online submission system at Any abstracts submitted not using this system will not be considered.
  • Abstracts must be submitted on or before the closing date (5.00 pm on Sunday 1 December 2019); late submissions will not be considered.
  • Abstracts must be strictly non-commercial in content. We will reject abstracts that contain commercial content or that are trying to sell services or products. If an accepted paper or workshop is subsequently deemed commercial in content, it will be withdrawn from the conference programme.
  • The person submitting the abstract must accept full responsibility for the submission and presentation of the abstract. If the presenting (or other) author is unable to present an accepted abstract at the conference, please notify the Conference and Events Team immediately (details below).
  • All abstracts are peer reviewed by the organising committee. The organisers reserve the right to decide on which abstracts are to be presented at the conference. The organiser’s decision is final and cannot be questioned.
  • The organising committee will meet in January to decide which abstracts will be accepted for presentation. Authors will be informed of their submission outcome by 31 January 2020. If you have not received confirmation of the outcome of your submission by this time, please contact the Conference and Events Team immediately (details below).
  • Conference proceedings will be published on the Network Autism website. In order for this to be facilitated as soon as possible, presenters will be expected to submit a soft copy of the full paper to the Conference and Events Team four weeks before the conference.
  • Presenters will be expected to pay the conference registration fee for the 2 days.

Contact Details

Tel: 0115 911 3367
Email: [email protected]