2017 Spotlight on Autism Research Webinars

Spotlight on Autism Research is a webinar series being held throughout the year which will provide up-to-date information on autism research across our three research programs including webinars on autistic voices in research. The first webinars for 2017 were held in the first week of Autism Month in April with a series of five webinars.  Watch a webinar by choosing from the list below.

Time was allocated to answer questions during the webinar and our panellists endeavoured to answer as many questions as possible. All webinars were recorded and are available for download from this site.

Celebrate diversity, promote acceptance.  Monday 3 April: 1 – 2 pm AEST

Launching the webinar series for Autism Month is a panel discussion by autistic adults.  The panellists will examine autistic strengths and highlight the ways in which the broader community can celebrate diversity and promote acceptance.

Panel includes:

Jacky den Houting, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Geraldine Robertson, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Zach Zaborny, Epic Assist
Chris Varney, The ICAN Network

Listen to the webinar here

The neurodiversity movement, an introduction. Tuesday 4 April: 1 – 2 pm AEST

This webinar delves further into the neurodiversity movement. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how different brains work in different ways and an appreciation of the value of diversity.  

Presenter:

Jacky den Houting, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Autism CRC PhD Scholar through Griffith University

Listen to the webinar here

The School Years. Wednesday 5 April: 1 – 2 pm AEST

This webinar will provide an update on the Autism CRC’s landmark longitudinal study of students on the autism spectrum. The aim of the study is to determine the relationship, if any, between child/family characteristics, their experiences of intervention and school support and child developmental and behavioural trajectories.

Presenters:

Dr Dawn Adams, Autism Centre of Excellence, Griffith University

Listen to the webinar here

 

Adulthood. Thursday 6 April: 1 – 2 pm AEST

Work is important for financial security, independence, building social networks and overall health and wellbeing. A key aim of Autism CRC is to increase workforce participation to provide meaningful and sustainable employment for individuals on the spectrum.  This webinar will provide an overview of the employment initiatives currently underway through Autism CRC and how we can make the workplace more inclusive.
It will also provide an overview of the Autism and Agriculture project and some of the practices other workplaces can employ to ensure the recruitment and on-boarding process is appropriate for autistic candidates.

Presenters:

Dr Marita Falkmer, Curtin University
Dr Kirsty Richards, Sunpork Solutions

Listen to the webinar here

 

 

The Early Years. Friday 7 April: 1 – 2 pm AEST

In collaboration with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Autism CRC is developing Australia’s first national guideline for autism diagnosis. There is strong evidence of substantial variability in autism assessment processes between clinicians, between states and between rural and metropolitan areas. This is leading to delays in diagnosis, misdiagnosis, and inequity in access to services.
This webinar will provide an overview of this project that is defining a diagnostic process that ensures consistency and accuracy in diagnosis, is feasible to deliver, and acceptable to those on the spectrum and their families.

Presenter:

Dr Kiah Evans, Telethon Kids Insitute

Listen to the webinar here

The recordings from the 2016 webinars can be found here