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Autism West Symposium 2016

November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016

Rethinking Autism – Autism West Annual Symposium 2016
A must-attend event for families, educators, health professionals and individuals with autism.

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November 2016
Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle

Join us for an exciting program of informative and thought-provoking sessions on themes including:
– autism in education;
– latest research and what it means;
– fathering children with autism;
– the impact of NDIS;
– post-school options; and
– sexuality and autism.

Featuring an outstanding line up of international, interstate and local guests including:
Chris Ulmer, founder, Special Books by Special Kids (USA)
Judy Brewer AO, Chair, Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Victoria)
Dr Emma Goodall, author, academic and autism consultant (South Australia)
Will Rosewarne, Stakeholders Director at the I CAN Network (Victoria)

Book online or call 08 9383 6123 to register.

Ticket TypeEarly BirdPrice
Concession – Day 1 & 2$358.60$398.40
General – Day 1 & 2$441.30$490.30
Concession – Day 1$257.50$286.10
General – Day 1$321.80$357.60
Concession – Day 2$128.80$143.10
General – Day 2$160.90$178.80
* All above prices include credit card fees and exclude TryBooking fees
** Early bird rates available until 30 September
*** Bookings close 3rd November 2016

If you are on the spectrum and require financial assistance to attend, please contact Autism West for more information or click here to download the form.

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The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, is offering a special accommodation rate for Autism West Symposium delegates. For information about accommodation please contact Autism West.

TryBooking proudly supports charities by donating back all booking fees.

Special Books by Special Kids is coming to Australia for the very first time and is looking for people to share their stories!  For more information click here.

header_symposium_tempChris Ulmer, lovingly referred to as Mr. Chris, began his career as a special education teacher in Jacksonville, Florida. After spending three years with the same students he observed a disconnect between his pupils and society. The intelligence and humour displayed by his students was not typically appreciated by those without special needs experience. For this reason, Mr. Chris started Special Books by Special Kids, a multi-media non-profit that is now spearheading a worldwide acceptance movement. Chris dedicates his time to traveling around the world and teaching others about neurodiversity; performing speaking engagements and interviewing neurodiverse individuals to be featured on SBSK.


Judy BrewerJudy Brewer is the Chair of the national Co-operative Research Centre for Living With Autism (Autism CRC). As a parent of a young adult with autism, she has been actively involved in an executive capacity in number of autism and carer advocacy organisations including the Autism Council of Australia, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia and the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (Ambassador). She is also the Convenor of the National ASD Future Leaders program and a Director of the Social Skills Training Institute. Judy has also been appointed to a range of Federal and State Government Committees. In 2013 Judy was awarded the Asia Pacific Autism Award, and she is a Life Member and former co-Patron of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). On Australia Day 2016 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to autism, education, rural women and refugee families.

emma GoodallDr Emma Goodall is the Senior Advisor Autism for the Department for Education and Child Development in South Australia. She is responsible for the review of programs and the development and implementation of research based policy and programs to enable students on the autism spectrum to flourish in the education system. Emma is an experienced autism consultant and teacher, blogger and published author who combines her professional and academic skills and knowledge with her lived experience of Aspergers to help people understand what it means to be on the autistic spectrum and how different life is for those on and not on the spectrum.


Will RosewarneWill Rosewarne works in Corporate Governance/Legal Services and is Stakeholders Director at the I CAN Network. As an adult with autism, and with a background in law and the Australian Defence Forces, Will brings a fresh perspective to his role as a speaker.

I am a fiercely driven individual. I also have autism. These identities are in no way independent of each other, and rather, I see my autism as a huge strength. My imagination, creativity and interest in new things has often allowed me to operate in a different space to many of my peers. I have a constantly active and inquisitive mind that is open to, and often yearns, for learning. My autism is an asset, not a hindrance to me reaching my full potential. The prevailing societal attitude towards autism is overwhelmingly negative. I believe that changing this perspective is the first step towards helping others on the spectrum reach their full potential.






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