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Luke Beardon

Luke Beardon BA (Hons), PgC (Autism), EDd

Senior Lecturer


Luke has worked for several years in the fields of autism and Asperger Syndrome, in capacities ranging from practitioner to researcher to trainer. He started work specific to autism for The National Autistic Society (NAS) as a Service Coordinator assisting in the development of a residential service for young adults with autism.

  • About

    In his post as Senior Lecturer in autism Luke runs various courses at different academic levels in autism, including a Masters qualification, while continuing to research and consult in the field of autism. He is the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome, run in collaboration with the National Autistic Society, and supervises students at Doctoral level. In 2011 he was nominated for and subsequently awarded the Inspirational Teacher Award as voted by students. In 2012 Luke was nominated for and subsequently awarded the Inspirational Research Supervisor Award as voted by students.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Asperger Syndrome
    Individual support and the criminal justice system

  • Research

    Luke has been part of a research team at Nottingham University running a three year project, and has several publications in national and international journals related to the project. He completed his doctoral thesis at Sheffield Hallam University which was titled: Asperger Syndrome and Perceived Offending Conduct: A Qualitative Study.

    He co-wrote the ASPECT consultancy report, the largest consultation with adults with AS undertaken at the time. He is co-editor of three books on Asperger syndrome published by Jessica Kingsley, and has various other publications in journals.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    BEARDON, Luke (2012). The Myths of Autism. Asperger United. The National Autistic Society

    BEARDON, Luke and WORTON, Dean (eds) (2011), Aspies on Mental Health. London, Jessica Kingsley

    BEARDON, Luke (2010). The Tree of Knowledge. Communication. The National Autistic Society

    BEARDON, Luke, MARTIN, Nicola, and WOOLSEY, Ian (2009) What do students with Asperger syndrome or highfunctioning autism want at college and university? (in their own words). Good Autism Practice. 10:2, pp.35-43.

    BEARDON, Luke (2008) Is Autism really a disorder part two - theory of mind? Rethink how we think. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education, 1, pp.19-21.

  • Other activities

    governor, Mossbrook Special School

    review and advise on national strategy guidance/legislation: e.g. The Autism Act

  • Media

    Dr Luke Beardon is a member of staff in The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been working as a practitioner providing support and consultancy in the field of autism and Asperger syndrome for around 20 years. Luke's research interests are around individuals with autism who have broken the law.

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