The fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC 17).



Please note that paper submissions have now closed.

The Conference Organising Committee particularly invites papers and participation from:

  • individuals on the autism spectrum
  • families, carers and advocates
  • academics and researchers
  • clinicians and therapists
  • early intervention services
  • teachers and educators
  • accommodation, support and community participation services
  • employment services
  • recreation and leisure services
  • policy makers (government and non-government)

The conference theme Growing with Autism reflects the recent shift in autism knowledge, research and practice to look beyond the early childhood and school years into adulthood and older adulthood and across the lifespan for individuals on the autism spectrum. The strengths, interests and talents of people on the autism spectrum of all ages will be celebrated at the conference. APAC 17 aims to highlight the lived experiences and insights of people on the autism spectrum, as well as their families, carers and advocates. It will inform and enrich conference delegates by providing opportunities to build relationships, explore evidence-based practices, learn about new research developments, celebrate experiences and achievements, investigate the promise and potential of neurodiversity and raise awareness about autism from the early childhood to adult years.

We especially encourage innovative and thought-provoking presentations that provide new perspectives on the multi-faceted topic of Growing with Autism and the rapidly changing disability environment. Anyone with an interest in autism, personal or professional, will be inspired by the diversity of presentations which will include oral scientific presentations, personal stories and narratives, lightning talks, posters with the presenter giving a short additional talk, traditional posters and interactive demonstration sessions at APAC 17.

We welcome submissions that address the four conference streams: health and wellbeing, transitions, strengths and interests and inclusion across the ages. Submissions covering other topics relevant to Growing with Autism will also be considered. Multidisciplinary perspectives are encouraged. You need to select one of the above streams as part of your submission, for more information please read APAC Call for Paper Streams.


Oral Presentations

Oral presentations may include research, theoretical, professional or practice topics presented in a concise manner. They may also be personal stories and narratives which provide opportunities for people to present their everyday lived experiences to others.

Presenters will have 20 minutes to present their original and innovative work. Although there may be multiple authors for the paper, only a maximum of two authors may present the paper.

There will be four presentations per session followed by question time facilitated by a session chair. The Conference Program Committee will integrate sets of individual papers into thematic sessions of one and a half hours duration.

Interactive Demonstration Sessions

These 20 minute sessions are practice-focused and designed to involve the audience in practical learning, including a demonstration or model lesson. Please see here for more information on this presentation type.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks (5 minutes) give presenters the opportunity to share their work in an immediate and informal setting.
Designed to maximise audience participation and interaction, Lightning Talks are set up in an informal  panel style, with presenters having 5 minutes for their presentation, followed by 5 minutes discussion time. To encourage a more interactive setting, presentations may only include TWO (2) slides. The Chair will facilitate questions and comments from the audience via the conference smart phone app and microphones set up around the room.

Standard Posters

The poster presentation involves displaying your research, theoretical, professional and/or practice issues in a visual format. This is an ideal medium for complex visual information and allows presenters to have personal interaction with your audience.

More than one author may be involved in the poster display. Poster displays will be in traditional hard copy format.

Posters with the presenter giving a short additional talk

These posters are standard posters that are included in 'guided tours' at set times allowing the presenters to talk about their poster for 3 minutes to small groups of delegates.  A Poster Chair will facilitate questions from the group.

Key dates

Registration Now Open
Super Early Bird Now Closed
Call for Abstracts Now Closed
Speaker Notification 8 May 2017
Early Bird closes 1 June 2017

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts can only be submitted via the online link below. Emailed, faxed or hard copy submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • For personal stories and narratives, preference will be given to abstracts that:
  • are linked to one of the conference themes
  • have not been presented at another autism conference
  • explore a positive or challenging experience
  • offer insight into the lived experience of autism and can be of potential benefit to others on the autistic spectrum or the people that care for and support them.
  • For research, theoretical and professional submissions, it is recommended that your abstract follows the outlined format:
  • Background
  • Aim/Purpose
  • Method
  • Findings/Results
  • Discussion/ Conclusion
  • Key Learning Outcomes
  • Abstract submissions for all presentation types should be no more than 300 words.
  • In addition to the 300 word abstract, include a brief statement (50 words) as to how your presentation may benefit people on the autism spectrum.
  • Please note that  abstracts SHOULD NOT contain details about the author/s. All details of authors will be captured in the online form.
  • While there may be multiple authors or contributors to presentations, a maximum of two presenters is allowed.
  • Presenters at APAC 17 who present research must follow appropriate ethical guidelines in the research they present and must have ethical approval as appropriate. While the Committee appreciates that those guidelines may vary throughout the Asia Pacific region, inclusive research practice is encouraged. This includes engaging individuals on the autism spectrum as active research participants, as well as co-producing and/or co-presenting research with individuals and families. Please see
  • Previously presented material will not be accepted.
  • The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions, Code of Conduct and Acceptable Language

Funding for Presenters on the Autism Spectrum

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available for presenters on the autism spectrum who have abstracts accepted. The scholarship funding will be available via application to assist with registration fees, but excluding travel, accommodation or other costs. Details of the application procedure will be emailed to presenters who have been successful in having their abstract accepted for presentation.

Next steps

  1. Automatic email confirmation of the submitted abstract will be sent upon receipt.
  2. You will be notified of your abstract status by 8 May 2017. Please do not contact the Conference Office prior to this date.
  3. If your abstract is accepted, you will be required to confirm the presenter/s and pay the applicable registration fee/s by early bird close on 1 June 2017. Failure to do so may result in your paper being excluded from the conference program.
  4. For further information, please contact the Conference Office

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We hope you can join us in Sydney for APAC 17. If you want to be kept informed as this international event unfolds or are interested in submitting speaker or topic ideas, please complete the relevant form on this website.