Many thanks to those who attended the SARG Seminar ‘Autism Continued: Adulthood and Ageing’ at the University of Glasgow earlier this year. We heard from a range of academic, practitioner and community member speakers, many of whom highlighted the current lack of research with autistic adults. Our speakers outlined their own recent work exploring key issues in this field – from neurology and cognition, to experiences of menopause and emotion, to developing our knowledge around palliative care.
The talks represented the varied ways in which knowledge in this field can be developed, from large cohort studies to individual practitioner-led case studies. Talks also highlighted the benefits of partnership working across different stakeholder groups.
It was therefore with delight that the seminar also provided us with an opportunity to announce that a partnership between Scottish Autism and the Scottish Autism Research Group (SARG) has been formed to have greater impact on autism research and practice in Scotland. The collaboration reflects the shared commitment between both organisations to develop excellent and meaningful research that informs good autism practice, which is valued by individuals with autism and their families.
We are looking forward to working closely with Scottish Autism over the coming months to maximise on the opportunities that this partnership agreement presents.