Following on from the success of the Asia Pacific Autism Conferences held every second year over the last eight years beginning in Sydney in 2009, the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2017 (APAC 17) returns to Darling Harbour, Sydney to the new International Convention Centre.
The conference provides a tremendous opportunity to bring together members of the international autism community from across Australia, this region and from around the world in this wonderful new venue. The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders is the conference convenor and the hosting organisation for APAC 17 is Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).
'Growing with autism' is the conference theme, reflecting the shift in autism research and practice to look beyond the early childhood and school years and focus on the whole lifespan for people on the spectrum.
The conference brings together people on the spectrum and their family members, service providers, researchers and policy makers as one community, so that people on the spectrum can realise potential and achieve their very best.
We have more than fifteen keynote speakers already committed to speaking at APAC 17 including Dr Peter Vermeulen from Belgium and Dr Barry Prizant, Professor Samuel Odom and Associate Professor Stephen Shore all from the USA. The keynote speakers represent many of the voices in the autism community including people on the spectrum, family members, researchers and practitioners.
The Conference Committee looks forward to welcoming you to the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in September 2017.
Chair, APAC 17 Organising Committee, and
Chief Executive Officer, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
APAC 17 conference organisers look forward to welcoming people with autism, family members, practitioners, researchers and policy makers from around the Asia-Pacific region and across the world as conference delegates and presenters.
Growing with autism
The conference theme is “Growing with Autism” and reflects the recent shift in autism research and practice to look beyond the early childhood and school years to the whole of life for people on the spectrum.
At APAC 17, people on the spectrum, family members, practitioners, researchers and policy makers will together explore how people on the spectrum of all ages, supported by their families and communities, can be the people they want to be.
A number of world leaders in the field have already committed to speaking at APAC 17 including Peter Vermeulen from Belgium who will give the opening address and Dr Barry Prizant from the USA, author of Uniquely Human, who will give the closing address.
Finally, the conference is being held in one of the fastest growing regions on earth. Increasingly the 21st century is being recognised as the ‘Asian century’ and the lives of people with autism across the Asia Pacific will become crucial to our better understanding of autism among the many cultures and communities in our region.