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IOE centre director delivers talk at New Scientist Live

19 December 2018

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) academic Dr Anna Remington, Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), has been challenging people’s perception of autism at the 2018 New Scientist Live conference.

Anna Remington at New Scientist Live

The New Scientist Live event is an award-winning annual exhibition that takes place in London and showcases the latest science and research through live talks and interactive stalls.

As part of her talk, ‘Is Autism a Gift’, Dr Remington focused on the many strengths of the condition, as well as the challenges.

Through highlighting her research in this area, Dr Remington showed that many autistic people often perform better than non-autistic people in awareness and perception tasks, such as detecting visual and audio information more accurately.

Dr Remington argued that these unique abilities are slowly being recognised by employers and highlighted how her research and others, together with the autistic community, are trying to change attitudes and perceptions of autism to make workplace environments more inclusive.