eNewsletter from Autism CRC

Video intervention improves language development

The first rigorous trial of a pre-emptive behavioural intervention for babies showing early signs of autism has found the therapy can improve early language development.

The results of the study, led by Autism CRC’s Professor Andrew Whitehouse of the Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia and Autism CRC’s Dr Kristelle Hudry from La Trobe University, have been published in leading journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

Professor Whitehouse said that although the intervention – known as iBASIS-VIPP – did not reduce early autism behaviours after the six-month period, the language progress was an exciting finding that reinforced the importance of early intervention.

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Summit Success

Guest speakers John Marble, International Neurodiversity & Innovation Consultant and Lawrence Fung, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project at Stanford University, along with a range of panellists presented in front of a capacity crowd of almost 200 people at the 3rd Autism@Work Summit held in Melbourne in July.

This year’s attendees represented an even broader field of prospective employers, including government departments, small businesses, start-ups and large corporations, demonstrating the increasing interest in the business benefits of neurodiverse workplaces for both individuals and businesses.

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New Governance Program

We are excited to announce a new program to be delivered by the Sylvia Rodger Academy focusing on governance skills and engagement. This Governance Program will be the first national training program in corporate governance for autistic adults, enabling leadership in decision-making and capturing the strength of diverse thinking to make a broader contribution to the corporate and government sectors.

Applications will open on 12th August, but you can now register your interest by visiting the Sylvia Rodger Academy website.

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Australian Autism Research Council (AARC) community survey and consultation. We received over 1,000 responses from a mix of organisations and individuals!

Over the coming weeks the AARC will be reporting back on the 2019 Research Priorities identified. Watch the AARC webpage and our regular communication channels for updates.

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Awards opening soon

The annual Autism CRC Awards for Achievement in Autism Spectrum Research open for nominations on the 13th August. The awards recognise and celebrate research and development initiatives that are exemplary of the Autism CRC’s vision, mission and values.

The awards are open to all organisations and researchers undergoing quality research in the area of autism, regardless of affiliation with Autism CRC. We look forward to seeing the best in autism research.

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APAC Roundup

Autism CRC had a strong presence at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, held in Singapore for the first time. Autism CRC researchers presented a significant number of oral presentations and posters, facilitated and participated in numerous workshops and symposiums. Our conference booth highlighted a range of Autism CRC work and generated a lot of interest.

More than 1,800 delegates from 27 countries attended the conference, with ‘families’ being the main focus across the various concurrent sessions.


Autism CRC on the airwaves

Autism CRC’s Professor Andrew Whitehouse joined Tony Peacock on ABC radio recently to discuss autism, diagnostic practices and the benefits of having autistic employees.

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Radio National's Dr Norman Swan discusses the latest research on early intervention for babies showing signs of autism with Professor Andrew Whitehouse.

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The Gamut – 2018 Digital Art Celebration entrant

Gamut: The complete scope of something
Digital painting of beetles arranged in a spectrum of colours, inspired by Yellow Ladybugs.

“I could have participated when I was young. I want to encourage acceptance of all people on the spectrum no matter where on the spectrum they find themselves. I have met some in the community who want to separate themselves from those they see as ‘lower functioning’. I disagree with this.”

Done in Photoshop with references.
Artist: Amy Forbes-Richardson


Autism CRC is the world’s first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism. We take a whole-of-life approach to enhance the lives of people on the autism spectrum, from diagnosis and the early years to the school years and into adult life.

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