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This event is a celebration of autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance. Please come and hear young people and young adults talking about their experiences of living with autism / PDA and the successful lives they are now living. You will be given the opportunity to take part in Q&A sessions where you can ask the speakers what has helped them and how they have overcome their challenges over the past few years.

This event is open to parents and children.

This event is hosted by Laura Kerbey and Harry Thompson.

Laura Kerbey is the founder of Positive Autism Support and Training and a Surrey Autism Champion and has over 19 years’ experience teaching children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Conditions and associated conditions. Laura continues to work with schools, colleges and families who have children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions including PDA. Laura is also mum to 2 teenage boys, her eldest son has ADHD and her youngest lives with a rare neurological illness.

Harry Thompson was born in Edgeware and grew up in Barnet (North London). He currently divides his time between Brighton & London. An avid reader & researcher, Harry speaks publicly and is heavily involved in projects & research on all topics around neurodiversity and Autism, namely, Pathological Demand Avoidance, a behaviour profile within the Autism Spectrum. He launched his YouTube channel in March of 2017 which has since amassed a strong following.

Harry began to write the first draft of his book in 2015. After connecting with many Autistic & PDA families, he pivoted his direction and completed his book in about 6 weeks, a memoir entitled the PDA Paradox: The Highs and Lows of My Life on a Little-Known Part of the Autism Spectrum, published in February 2019 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.