PDA in 2020

Coronavirus update: 13/3/20 – With great regret we’ve decided to postpone our conference next week. Although the UK Government decided not to restrict public gatherings yesterday, we feel it’s prudent given the increased spread of Coronavirus and the vulnerability of our audience.

We’re hoping to re-schedule the conference, finances permitting, and very much hope you’ll be able to join us at a later date. As a very small charity, the impact of all this will be financially challenging, but of course everyone’s health and wellbeing is the top priority.

All tickets will be fully refunded – delegates will be receiving an email shortly and current ticket holders will be given the option of having two days’ advance notice of the re-arranged date (please note that it may be some time before we can confirm a date as things are likely to remain uncertain for the foreseeable future) before tickets go on general sale.

Many thanks for your understanding and wishing everyone all the best at this tricky time.


The PDA Society is bringing together leading international experts to look at how the Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profile of autism is understood in 2020.

Keynote Speaker, Dr Wenn Lawson, is world-renowned for his combination of academic inquiry and personal insight. Having both a granddaughter with PDA, and a research programme finding exciting new ways to provide support, his contribution is not to be missed. We are very grateful that he is travelling from Australia to be with us.

The day will explore a range of complex issues around the nature of demand avoidance itself, impacts on communication, relationships, education, child behaviour, eating and mental health. Speakers will also address navigating social care and education systems.

The event is focussed on both PDA adults and children, and includes a number of speakers who are experts by experience. The conference will be helpful to anyone with an interest in the topic.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONFERENCE HAS NOW SOLD OUT – thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket.