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Autism CRC and Aspect collaborate to deliver future leaders program

6 March 2019

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It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the start of a new collaboration between our two organisations, the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), to deliver the Future Leaders Program in 2019 and 2020.

As most of you will know, Future Leaders is Australia’s first holistic leadership capacity building program for autistic adults. First delivered by Autism CRC in 2018, the program is designed by and for autistic people, to learn from, empower and encourage one another to pursue their goals and positively impact their communities.

For participants, the Future Leaders program involves undertaking online modules, a residential workshop, mentoring and volunteer placements with progressive organisations.

For organisations who provide placements for Future Leaders, the program presents an opportunity to think differently about their business, broaden their accessibility objectives and better engage with their customers and employees.

The activities involved in a volunteer placement are flexible, depending on the goals of the Future Leader and the placement organisation. By offering a placement, organisations provide the Future Leader with a practical opportunity to further explore and develop their leadership skills and potential as they meet, share with and learn from others.

The aim of the new collaboration between Autism CRC and Aspect is to grow and strengthen the Future Leaders Program under the banner of the Sylvia Rodger Academy, through shared values and a vision to see emerging autistic leaders empowered to achieve their goals.

Program planning is currently underway, and we intend to open the call for applications for both autistic individuals and placement organisations for the 2019 program by April.

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If you would like to lodge an expression of interest, please use the links below.

Lodging an expression of interest will ensure you are the first to be informed when more information becomes available.

On behalf of Autism CRC and Aspect, we look forward to working together with the autistic community to further the success of the Future Leaders Program in 2019.

If you would like to find out more about the Future Leaders Program, please visit the Autism CRC website.

Andrew Davis

Chief Executive Officer
Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC)

Adrian Ford

Chief Executive Officer
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is one of Australia’s largest service providers for people on the autism spectrum. Our specialised, evidence informed schools program is the largest in the world, with additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs. We share evidence-informed Aspect practice and applied research nationwide.

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