Autism CRC 2016 Highlights

As 2016 comes to a close, we have taken a look back at a year of significant achievement and progress:

54 participant organisations and individuals are working together across Australia and internationally to transform the lives of people on the autism spectrum researching practical, evidence-based solutions.

50 research projects are underway across our three research programs: The Early Years, The School Years and Adulthood.

28 PhD Scholars and Masters Students are working on CRC projects

16 publications and 60 presentations were delivered.

CRC Researchers presented the latest autism research through eight public webinars across the year.

17 Clinicians have graduated from the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

27 autistic adults and autism researchers have graduated into the Autism CRC Research Academy. Our Research Academy members have co-produced a Visual Dictionary for Autism Research.   

17 Inclusive Research Practice Guides and Checklists have now been developed to support autistic adults and autism researcher to work together as peers.  

The first apps4autism Hackathon saw teams of autistic adults, developers and designers, and service providers working together to develop technology solutions from five CRC research projects.

The Autism and Agriculture project developed recruitment and career paths for adults on the spectrum in specialist animal care roles in two sites.  

Almost 100 artists from across Australia shared their work in our art prize providing incredible insight into autistic strengths.

Australia’s first National Guideline for Autism Diagnosis is being developed in collaboration with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Hundreds of families have contributed biological samples to the Australian Autism Biobank.

Over 500 primary healthcare professionals have been trained in a behavioural surveillance tool to enable earlier diagnosis of autism.

134 classrooms across Australia are involved in the Education Research Program.

272 parents and 414 school staff have joined a six-year study identifying the pathways to academic and social success at school.

At least 1,500 families have benefited from the Secret Agent Society Program during the past 12 months.

Social Skills Training Institute released Secret Agent Society Version 2 based on the latest social skills research and feedback from clinicians and families.

Almost 1,000 autistic adults have joined the two Longitudinal Studies for school leavers and older adults on the spectrum.

Two employment tools have been developed and trials completed to assist in career planning and long-term employment.

Thank you for your continued interest in the work of Autism CRC. We look forward to providing further updates on our progress in the New Year.