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Luke Beardon, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University

I have been working for decades in the autism field, in capacities ranging from practitioner to researcher to trainer, first working with autistic children as a volunteer aged fourteen. I worked for The National Autistic Society (NAS) as a Service Co-ordinator assisting in the development of a residential service for young autistic adults. I worked within this service supporting young adults with a range of complex needs, from those with high dependency needs and severe learning disability, to individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome; prior to this I worked in the voluntary sector in the learning disability field.

I co-wrote the ASPECT consultancy report (2007), the largest UK consultation with autistic adults undertaken at the time; I am co-editor of five books on autism published by Jessica Kingsley, and am sole author of three books: ‘Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood’ (2017); ‘Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Childhood’ (2019); and ‘Avoiding Anxiety in Autistic Children’ (2020) and have several other publications in journals and books.

I have run a Project developing autism services within a specific Local Authority, been involved in the setting up and running of two autism Social Groups, and have also been employed by the NAS as Regional Development Officer co-ordinating developments over a large geographical area. This has given me the background experience to work at a strategic level within Local Authorities to develop good practice in the field of autism. The Project included the development of diagnostic services, day provision, residential provision, and transition services.

I have been part of a research team at Nottingham University running a three year project, and have several publications in National and International journals related to the project. I completed my Doctoral thesis at Sheffield Hallam University which was titled: Asperger Syndrome and Perceived Offending Conduct: A Qualitative Study.

Luke Beardon's contributions

Spotlight on SEND: Curriculum Design and Practice

Online registration has now closed for this event, to register please email Link to event recording This British Curriculum Forum (BCF) event brings together teachers,...

Past event24 Mar 2022

Spotlight on SEND: Curriculum Design and Practice

This British Curriculum Forum (BCF) event brought together teachers, practitioners, researchers, leaders, managers, and academics to share their critical perspectives and assumptions about...

Video24 Mar 2022