The Australian-first Researching Autism Together workshop was held in 2015 and graduated the first cohort of peer research ready adults on the spectrum into the Autism CRC Research Academy.

Find out how to apply for the 2017 Workshop here

A Report has now been released providing an analysis of the evaluation data from the week-long workshop. Outcomes from the Report will help to shape the second Workshop to be held in 2017.

Download the Report here.

Autism CRC aims to include those with the lived experience of autism in all aspects of the research process. The Researching Autism Together Workshop provided participants with experiential learning in research skills, processes, management, ethics, and dissemination to enable their participation as peers in research.

It also provided opportunities for experienced researchers to gain a better understanding about how they might work together in partnership with people on the spectrum.

“Overall, the workshop was highly successful with both the participants and researchers leaving with a renewed respect for each other’s skills and expertise,” said Autism CRC Director of Research and Education, Professor Sylvia Rodger.

“However, the report highlights a number of implications for future practice to ensure the course provides the most effective foundation for coproduction of research.”

Plans are now underway to run the second Research Academy workshop in 2017 which is being developed based on the findings of the report.

The modified program will include a three day face to face course for ten autistic adults and ten autism researchers.  The remainder of the content will be delivered in online modules and virtual meetings prior to the residential component.

“One of the key aims of the course is to provide participants with opportunities for peer research immediately after the workshop to put the learning into practice,” said Professor Rodger.

Australia’s first visual dictionary of research terms, coproduced with autistic adults, has been launched in conjunction with the release of the Research Academy report.

The visual dictionary was one of the first projects that Research Academy members have participated in alongside CRC researchers.

“We know that some people on the spectrum are visual learners. We hope that presenting common research terms using  illustrations as well written information  will enhance understanding  of  research terms and provide a more accessible and inclusive resource.”

If you would like to know more about the next course contact Dr Olivia Gatfield, the Project Coordinator at ogatfield@autismcrc.com.au.

Download the Report and Visual Dictionary here.