AUSTIM ON THE AGENDA: Autism Victoria chief executive Murray Dawson, Wimmera Uniting Care chief executive Wendy Middleton and Wimmera parents support network co-ordinator Anne Page discuss the coming state autism conference on August 9 and 10. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA people will be able to access a live stream of the Victorian Autism Conference from Melbourne in August.

Wimmera Uniting Care will live stream the conference to Horsham Grains Innovation Park on August 9 and 10.

Autism Victoria chief executive Murray Dawson-Smith was in Horsham last week to raise awareness of autism and promote the conference.

The conference will feature speakers to provide practical guidance and strategies that parents, carers, professionals, practitioners and educators can implement to enhance the quality of life of those with an autism spectrum disorder, ASD.

Wimmera Uniting Care chief executive Wendy Middleton said the speaker program would provide the chance to listen to some of the top autism spectrum disorder professionals from Australia and overseas.

“The conference will give people the opportunity to hear about the experiences of those living and working with individuals with ASD across all age ranges and abilities,” Ms Middleton said.

“The presentations will cover ASD health and well-being, communications and social skills, behaviours of concern and mental health, support of carers, advocacy and rights and education.

“If ASD is part of your life in any way this conference is well worth attending.”

Main speakers will include: ASD expert Professor Tony Attwood, specialising in Asperger’s syndrome and author of books Aspergers Syndrome and The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome; Carol Gray from the USA, best known for developing strategies worldwide to help people on the spectrum to understand situations; and Sue Larkly, a teacher of ASD students in mainstream and special schools.

Jonathan Petty and his family will also be a feature of the conference.

Jonathan has ASD and has an amazing talent for playing the piano, despite the fact he was born blind and has never been taught to play.

Mr Dawson-Smith said people could visit www.amaze苏州美甲美睫培训.au/events-info/vac/registration, call Autism Victoria on 9657 1600 or email: [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训.au to register for the conference.

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