Future Leaders Program

Future Leaders

The Future Leaders Program is for autistic adults who would like explore and develop their leadership skills to positively impact their community. This Program helps participants to:

  • develop leadership skills and gain practical knowledge from an autistic perspective
  • make a positive impact in their community, and
  • connect with a community of emerging and established autistic leaders.

Participants in the Future Leaders Program develop their skills through a series of Program activities including:

  • completing online modules on topics including self-discovery and goal setting, leadership, advocacy and influence, resilience and wellbeing, and diversity within autism
  • attending a 3.5-day/3-night residential workshop
  • undertaking a practical project based on individual leadership goals
  • mentoring by established autistic leaders in the autistic community.

Response from graduates

“Future Leaders has been a place of validation and acceptance that feels so overdue and needed. I was beginning to wilt and Future Leaders watered me and fertilised me and encouraged me to grow.” – 2022 Program graduate

“I loved this opportunity. One of the most valuable experiences of my life I can say with full conviction.”– 2019 Program graduate

Graduate stories


“I don’t usually take risks, but through the program I could try new things in a supported way. Participating in Future Leaders enabled me to see how much I can achieve.”

Read Zoe's story


“I learned a lot about myself in the program, it helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses and what areas to focus on. Before, I felt like I was adrift.”

Read Kirk's story

View more graduate stories

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Applications for the Future Leaders Program are currently closed.

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Further reading

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is the major sponsor of Future Leaders.