Corona restrictions and safety
To comply with current restrictions, we are preparing to allow the following maximum numbers of participants to attend in person in Helsinki.
These limits may change if meeting restrictions and recommendations change before the event.
Registration and enquiries
To register, fill in and submit the form at the end of this page by 12 September.
All who register will be sent the links for online participation. If you register to attend at the venue, you can to switch to online participation whenever you wish.
If you have any questions, or if you do not receive email confirmation within two days or registering, please contact the event coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodation near the venue
The nearest places to stay overnight are the hostel Cheapsleep Helsinki and the hotel Scandic Kallio. Scandic gives a 10% discount to Autwave participants who book their stay at least 14 days in advance. If you register to participate in Helsinki, we will send you the discount code in the confirmation email.
A relaxed evening gathering in a cozy living room style space to meet and get to know people, or just enjoy coffee, tea and light snacks.
In parallel with part of the Finnish programme
Double Empathy (video lecture with Finnish subtitles)
In other words: The vocabulary of diversity (live online presentation)
The history of the neurodiversity concept (live online presentation)
Fleminginkatu 25 D 46
Damian works part-time for the Tizard Centre, University of Kent as a Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Damian also teaches on the MA Education (Autism) programme at London South Bank University and has been a consultant for the Transform Autism Education (TAE) project and a number of projects for the Autism Education Trust (AET). Damian’s interest in autism began when his son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic at the age of two. Damian was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six. Damian’s primary focus is on increasing the meaningful participation of autistic people and people with learning disabilities in the research process and chairs the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC).
Fabrizio is a musician, educator, writer and advocate for autistic rights. He teaches inclusive music education at LUMSA University, and he is head of communication and external relations for Specialisterne in Italy. In 2019, Farizio published the autobiographical book Eccentrico, and in 2021, a book about the languge and vocabulary used to describe neurological diversity: 'In altre parole - dizionario minimo di diversitá [In other words - a small dictionary of diversity].
Martijn is the Chair of the Board of Autscape Organisation, which runs an annual conference by and for autistic people in the UK, and a Board member of EUCAP, the European umbrella organisation for autistic people's organisations. Starting in the 1990s, Martijn ran the Independent Living mailing list, one of the first international mailing lists that made it possible for autistic people to start connecting with each other, developing autistic online communities and culture. In that role he had the opportunity to follow closely some of the discussions that led to development of the neurodiversity concept.
Currently Martijn works as an autism trainer. His long term interests include computer programming and languages.