Autistic Identity and Connection

Autistic Identity and Connection

The Autistic Identity and Connection program is for autistic adults who would like to learn more about what it means to be autistic, and develop connections with the autistic community. This Program helps participants to:

  • explore autism and autistic identity
  • develop skills in wellbeing and self-advocacy from an autistic perspective, and
  • connect with other autistic people and community.

Participants in the Autistic Identity and Connection Program develop their skills through a series of Program activities including:

  • completing online modules on topics including identity, wellbeing and self-advocacy
  • attending online sessions with other people in the Program
  • attending a 3.5-day/3-night residential workshop (face-to-face Program only)
  • attending masterclass and peer support online sessions with other people in the Program (online Program only).

Response from graduates

It has changed my life... I no longer question my diagnosis. I am more aware of myself and my needs. I have learnt many accommodations I can make in my life to make things easier on myself. Mostly, I learnt it's OK to be autistic and I am moving into a space where I want to be autistic and proud and educate others on autism.
– 2023 Program graduate

Meeting and getting to speak to people who share so many similar experiences to me was validating and illuminating. It really helped me move from a space of "imposter syndrome" and "internalised ableism" to a somewhere more self-accepting and pragmatic. I have already made big changes in my day-to-day life to honour unique autistic needs which I may never have done without this workshop.
– 2023 Program graduate

Applications closed

Applications for the Autistic Identity and Connection Program are currently closed.

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Further reading


The 2023 Program was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to for more information.

The 2023 Program was delivered in partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).