Autism Spectrum Australia

Autism in Education Conference - call for papers extension

  • Posted: Tue, 04/03/2014 - 5:26pm

The Aspect Autism in Education Conference will be held on 31 July-1 August 2014 – the very first national conference specifically focusing on improving outcomes for children and young people in schools and further education.

With its theme of Translating the latest knowledge and evidence-informed practices into the classroom, the Aspect Autism in Education Conference will bring together students and young people with autism, educators, researchers, service providers, practitioners and families and carers from across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

According to Dr Trevor Clark, Aspect  Director of Education: “One of the major challenges facing education sectors in Australia today is the education ofproviding for students with autism.”

"Schools and higher education provide important social environments where children and young people learn to interact with their peers in classrooms and further education environments – a task that people with autism often find difficult,” said Dr Clark. “Many students with autism experience significant challenges in education environments As a result of the unique learning styles and due to the impairments associated with autism such as (social interaction, communication, learning and behaviour, and sensory issues), many students with autism experience significant challenges in education environments.”

With increasing prevalence rates, the numbers of students with autism enrolled in ourthe education system continues to grow. Based upon the most recent survey completed by According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Survey of Disability, Ageing & Carers 2009), there awere 47,100 students with a diagnosis of autism aged (5-18 years) in Australian schools. In addition, based on current prevalence studies, there could be as many as 21,000 students on the autism spectrum in further education.

The Aspect Autism in Education Conference will help to bridge the gap – putting evidence-informed programs into our classrooms to provide the best possible outcomes for children and young people with autism in the many educational environments across Australia.

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the Conference has been extended until 17 March, 2014.  

For more information about the Call for Papers go to http://autismineducation.org.au/call-for-papers/ 

Autism in Education Conference - call for papers extension