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Autism Conference Series: Achieving Meaningful Inclusion

On Friday 26 February & Friday 5 March 2021, Dr Stephen Shore will share his inspirational autobiography and share strategies, practical tips and advice to support autistic people to lead fulfilling lives during Autism SA's first virtual Autism Conference Series! 

The exciting and innovative conference will be held across two days, with the opportunity to also virtually attend break out sessions presented by individuals on the autism spectrum, individuals with lived experience and professionals who have insight, strategies and inspiration to share. 


Dr Stephen Shore is an internationally renowned educator, consultant, and author on lifespan issues in the area of education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. Currently the Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University in America, he is known for his groundbreaking work in the autism field. Stephen is also now a powerful autistic advocate for the wider community.

Educators, clinicians, professionals, parents, family members, individuals and anyone who supports a person on the spectrum will benefit from attending this conference. Participants will leave the conference with practical strategies at hand to support individuals in making fulfilling and productive lives the rule rather than the exception.  

Stephen shares his belief that a student’s strengths and interests are integral to the school experience. He challenges educators to find creative ways to recognise and incorporate these passions.

Day 1: Four A’s of Autism: Awareness to Acceptance to Appreciation to Action as a pathway to fulfilling and productive lives
An autobiographical structure, combining experiences of others on the autism spectrum, in making fulfilling and productive lives for individuals with autism the rule rather than the exception, will be used to charge participants to reframe their thinking away from disorder and deficit towards seeking abilities based on individual strengths.

Day 1: Senses and Sensibilities: An inside view on recognising and supporting individuals with sensory issues
The variation in perception of sensory stimuli for many with autism often causes great discomfort and the information received may not even be usable. The aim of this presentation is to enable individuals, and those close to them, to avoid and minimise the effect of sensory overload through easy to implement solutions.

Day 2: Special Ways and Techniques (SWAT) for achieving meaningful inclusion
Through the development and use of educational accommodations as extensions of good teaching practice, participants will learn easy to implement, practical solutions for including individuals with autism.

Day 2: Self-advocacy and disclosure for people on the autism spectrum
Beginning with a definition of self-advocacy and a process for considering disclosure, participants will learn the importance of gaining self-awareness, communication skills, and procedures to effectively educate people with autism on obtaining accommodations and greater mutual understanding. Material from this workshop can be used to enable people with autism to reach their potential in employment, education, relationships, interdependent living, and in the community.

The conference will be delivered on a state of the art, easy to use digital platform that gives you a high quality virtual and live conference experience - without having to leave your own environment! 

You will not only be able to access the live presentation by Dr Stephen Shore, but also access a range of breakout sessions, networking spaces, relaxation stations and more. Technical support will be available on both days, if you need help at any time! 

If you can't make one of the days, recordings of the presentations and break out sessions will be made available for you following the conference. 

Click here to register

Click here to download a printable flyer and program

Click here to view the Breakout Session speakers