AsIAm National Autism Conference 2018: "Building Inclusive Communities"
08:00 - 18:00
We are delighted to make the tickets available for our 3rd Annual AsIAm National Autism Conference which takes place on Saturday 20th October in The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This year we will explore the theme of Building Inclusive Communities and we are excited to be partnering with Ireland's first autism-friendly retailer, Supervalu, as our Conference sponsor. We will be posting about this year’s Conference across all of our platforms using the hashtag #AsIAmConf18
Since its inception, AsIAm Conference has been a place to highlight and discuss issues that are important to the autistic community in Ireland; from school to the world of work right through to growing up, making friends and sexuality. This year’s #AsIAmConf18 will not only build on this work but also look at practical ways in which we can really create a more inclusive Ireland right through all stages of life.
We are always delighted with the huge interest in the event and work hard to ensure that it is as accessible and inclusive as possible for all members of the autism community.
8.00 Registration including Sensory Friendly Registration Area
9.30 Conference Opening Address
9.45 Keynote: Autism: How My Unstoppable Mother proved the Professionals Wrong (Chris Varney ICAN Network Australia)
10.30 Refreshments and Exhibition
11.15 Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: Building Inclusive Primary Education (Maja Toudal, Danish Self-Advocate)
Breakout 2: Building Inclusive Work Opportunities (Cat Hughes – DCU Autism Friendly University Coordinator)
Breakout 3: Building Inclusive Clubs (Zarah Doyle – Special Education Tutor)
Breakout 4: Building Inclusive Communities (Robin Bush – Chief Executive, Autism Together)
12.00 Main Stage: Building an Inclusive Ireland (Conference Sponsor – SuperValu)
12.15 Lunch and Exhibition
1.30 Keynote: Energy Accounting – Managing everyday life activities to avoid overloading (Maja Toudal, Danish Self-Advocate)
2.45 Breakout Sessions
Breakout A: Building Inclusive Secondary Education (Shaun Greville – NCSE)
Breakout B: Building Inclusive workplaces (Chris Varney, ICAN Network Australia)
Breakout C: Building Inclusive Early Years Learning (Fiona Ferris – AsIAm Early Years Training Programme)
Breakout D: Building Inclusive Communities (Robin Bush – Chief Executive, Autism Together)
3.45 Speaker Panel Discussion
4.30 AsIAm Projects Update
5.30 Conference Close
(Please note: agenda is subject to change)
Chris Varney is Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of the I CAN Network. I CAN Network is driving a rethink of Autism so that young Australians on the spectrum think ‘I CAN’, not ‘I Can’t’, in response to their challenges and opportunities. Chris was inspired to start I CAN from the exemplary support his family and friends provided in helping him channel his Asperger’s.
Chris has a strong background in advocating for children’s rights. With World Vision Chris has held roles including Youth Ambassador, VGen Co-Director and Manager of Youth Supporters. With the Australian Government, Chris served as the 2009 Australian Youth Ambassador to the UN. For his advocacy Chris has received awards including the 2011 Monash University Student Alumni Award, the 2012 National Award for Youth in Advancing the Legal Rights and Interests of Children and Young People, 2012 Future Justice Medal and 2014 Monash Vice-Chancellor Social Inclusion Award.
Maja Toudal has Asperger’s Syndrome and has worked in autism communication for more than a decade, primarily as a speaker at conferences, parent groups and local networking groups for people with ASD. During this time, she has written articles and blogs regarding her experience living with Asperger’s.
Maja has worked closely with autism experts Dr. Tony Attwood and Kirsten Callesen for many years, gaining clinical experience and helping to run social networking groups for teenage girls with ASD. In 2016 she published her first book, What Your Child With Asperger’s Wants You To Know, combining her personal and professional knowledge to educate and advise parents on the inner life of their children.
Maja is currently studying psychology at the University of Copenhagen, while continuing her work in autism communication.
So we hope you agree that it should be a really special day! Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!