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WELCOME

FROM THE 2018 CONFERENCE CHAIR

Welcome to the 2018 Aspect Autism in Education Conference to be held at Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane.

Since our last conference in 2016, there has been much discussion about the education of students on the spectrum amongst parents, educators, researchers, health professionals, politicians and the Australian media.

Such a spotlight on the education of students on the autism spectrum has seen the development of a united voice and a shared common goal to provide the best support to every student and to value them as unique and individual learners, no matter where they may be on the autism spectrum, and no matter their educational setting.

This conference aims to help achieve this goal and shape successful futures for all students on the spectrum, by looking at the latest research, evidence-informed practice and listening to voices of our young people on the spectrum.

You will see this reflected across all four conference streams: capabilities, working together, innovation and approaches for learning, with a focus on utilising the strengths and interests of students to improve quality of life and post-school outcomes.

By attending this conference, you will be even more inspired and better equipped to support students on the autism spectrum.

Dr Trevor Clark

Dr Trevor Clark,
Chair
Aspect Autism in Education Conference

FROM THE CEO

With an estimated 107,000 Australian children between the ages of 5 and 19 years on the autism spectrum, educating students on the spectrum remains a critical issue for the education sector in 2018.

Research shows that many students on the autism spectrum can struggle in the education system, facing problems such as school exclusion, bullying, depression and anxiety, and are often misunderstood by educators, peers and the wider community.

By bridging the gap between research and practice, the Aspect Autism in Education Conference will highlight evidence-informed programs and practices that can be applied in classrooms, schoolyards and early education settings, so that every student can feel more supported.

The conference theme: Shaping Successful Futures focuses on providing appropriate education provisions and ensuring equal access to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people on the autism spectrum across Australia.

Adrian Ford,
CEO
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

September 2017

Call for Papers Opens

29 March 2018

Call for Papers Closes

5 June 2018

Author Notification

3 July 2018

Early Bird Closes

29 August 2018

Pre Conference Workshops

30–31 August 2018

Conference

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people.