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Let’s talk about… autism

Event organised by Benevolent Fund

02 April 2024
12:30 - 13:10 BST (GMT+1)

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About one percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With each case presenting uniquely, it can be hard to identify whether you, or a member of your family might have autism. It can be even harder to work out what support might be available and how to access it.

During this webinar, delegates will explore:

  • What is autism?
  • Might I or a family member be on the autism spectrum?
  • What support might be available to ICE members and their families?

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12:30 - 12:35

Introduction from Sarah Mason-Parker, casework and communications executive, ICE Ben Fund

12:35 - 13:00

Presentation from Sharon McDaid and Liz Bushby, National Autistic Society

13:00- 13:10

Q&A, Sharon McDaid and Liz Bushby, facilitated by Sarah Mason-Parker, ICE Ben Fund


Liz Busby

Liz Busby

National Autistic Society (NAS)

Autism Support Advisor

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Liz Busby

After university, Liz worked as a primary school teacher for more than 10 years before taking time out to complete a Psychology MSc and support her autistic son. In 2018 she began volunteering for the NAS School Exclusion Helpline and has been working for the NAS since January 2022. Initially, her role was as a caseworker on the School Exclusion helpline. She is now the Autism Support Advisor, working as part of the Benevolent Fund Service.

Sharon McDaid

Sharon McDaid

National Autistic Society (NAS)

Specialist Lead

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Sharon McDaid

Sharon started her working life as a physicist then took a career break to care for her children including her son who is autistic with high support needs. She volunteered for the National Autistic Society for several years while completing a Masters in Adult Autism. She has worked for the NAS for over 7 years, starting out as the coordinator of transitions support and education advice services in Northern Ireland. She is currently Specialist Lead for Autism Support, responsible for the delivery of emotional support and benevolent fund services.

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ICE Benevolent Fund Team

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