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Chris Memmott and Ann Memmott

Webinar: Autistic People and the Built Environment in Healthcare Settings. Building successful positive outcomes together.

Chris and Ann share information about how autistic people might experience different sensory environments. This includes how people might experience lighting, sound, shadows and transitions between spaces, textures, smells etc. They also recommend simple changes to the built environment that can improve the sensory environment and some top tips for managing sensory stress.


Chris and Ann are NDTi Associates. They are both part of the autism team and have been involved in the development of reviewing sensory environments in inpatient facilities, as well as for individuals in the community.  Ann and Chris are both autistic and use their personal and professional experience to inform the work they do. They are both involved in a range of other work including training and development and working with individuals.

Do you work directly with parents and professions? How do you support them?

NDTi work with individuals and their families and professionals. We are a not-for-profit organisation and don’t have any core funding, so all work is individually commissioned. Our support offer from the autism team includes:

  • Advisory support to professionals working with autistic people – often but not exclusively people who are at risk of admission, are detained in hospital, or are experiencing restrictive practices.
  • Sensory environment checks in all locations (including hospitals, homes and other locations).
  • Peer support to autistic people and their families.
  • Training and development support – usually but not exclusively to professionals. 
  • Webinars, resources and papers – see our website for more information.

What problems can you solve? Please give an example of when someone has applied your advice and had great results.

The autism team at NDTi share their personal and professional experience, and our work is based in a lived understanding of autism. We support others to understand what autism feels like ‘from the inside’. We often work with individuals who are ‘in crisis’ and who services are struggling to support, we work with commissioners and teams to better understand individuals and to meet their needs. 

The video on our website gives an overview of the difference we made when working with Bethany, supporting the team working with her to understand how the sensory environment was impacting her, and making changes to improve this.

Personal links

Website address - https://www.ndti.org.uk/change-and-development/autism-programme

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ndti.org.uk/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/ndticentral



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The PDA Society

Webinar: Introduction to PDA

This is an introductory video about PDA – we’ll talk about what demand avoidance is, think about how PDA relates to autism and what the key features of PDA are, then have a quick look at some of the latest research and clinical themes. We’ll then move on to think about why identifying PDA is helpful and get into the detail of how PDA can feel, what demands are and what demand avoidance looks like in PDA, before focusing on helpful approaches and signposting further information.  

We hope this is a helpful introduction and helps to put PDA on everyone’s radar.


The PDA Society provides information, support and training for people living and working with PDA. We aim to increase acceptance and understanding of the PDA profile within the concept of ‘dimensionality’ in autism and to improve outcomes for individuals and families by focusing everyone involved on ‘what helps’. The PDA Society is led and run by a small team, all of whom have a direct connection with PDA and most of whom are volunteers.

Do you work directly with parents and professions? How do you support them?

The PDA Society provides information, support and training for individuals, families and professionals.

What problems can you solve, please give an example of when someone has applied your advice and had great results

Lots of info about transformative outcomes on our 5th anniversary survey here: https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/5th-anniversary-survey-results/

Link to something of Value - https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/

Newsletter - https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/get-involved/newsletters-landing/

Personal links

Website address - www.pdasociety.org.uk

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thepdasociety/

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/pda-society

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/pda_society/


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