Developing Autistic Strengths and Abilities for
Post School Education & Employment
Date: Friday 21 April 2016
Time: 9 am - 4.30 pm
Location: Griffith University Mt Gravatt campus, Building M10_Room 5.02
RSVP: Registrations close 16 April 2017
In this seminar we will explore the issues associated with autism and transition into tertiary education and employment. We will discuss the contribution and voice of people on the spectrum, look at tertiary education and employment programs and consider evidence based outcomes. Our focus will be on programs that emphasise and develop the strengths and abilities characteristic of people with autism. We will share practical strategies for developing strengths with the aim of achieving good outcomes and well-being.
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- 1 Seminar $120
- 2 Seminars $228 (5% discount)
- 3 Seminars $324 (10% discount)
- 4 Seminars $408 (15% discount)
- 1 Seminar $195
- 2 Seminars $370.50 (5% discount)
- 3 Seminars $526.50 (10% discount)
- 4 Seminars $663 (15% discount)
||9 - 9.15 am
||Professor Jacqueline Roberts
||9.15 - 11.15 am
||Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives||Professor Pat Howlin
||This presentation will begin with a review of research on outcome in adult life for individuals with ASD and how we can determine what is, or is not, a “good” outcome. Variables associated with a higher quality of life in adulthood will also be discussed.
The second part will focus on interventions designed to enhance inclusion – these will include supported employment programmes and potential ways of optimising the special skills and/or interests of young people with ASD
||11.15 - 11.45 am
||11.45 am - 1.00 pm
||Cheryl Mangan & Kirsty Richards
||The Autism and Agriculture project contributes to a key objective of the Autism CRC, to improve opportunities for adults on the spectrum to participate in employment and find a place in society. Cheryl provides oversight of the collaboration, project and evaluation. Kirsty will provide an overview the Sunpork project which proudly announced the commencement of their first autistic employees in Queensland and South Australian this year. These employees collectively represent 10% of their largest farms’ workforces and are recognised as a tremendous asset in advancing animal care and welfare objectives.
||1.00 - 1.45 pm
||1.45 - 2.45 pm
||Amy Webster||People on the autism spectrum should, like anyone else, be able to enjoy the well-documented benefits of sport and physical activity. However, research shows that people on the autism spectrum may be less likely to participate in sport and physical activity than others due to factors such as heightened fear and anxiety in social situations, difficulty understanding body language and sensory challenges. Coaches and activity leaders who develop a good understanding of autism can help participants to navigate these perceived barriers by utilising participant’s strengths, skills and powerful interests and implementing these into their sessions in a positive way.
||2.45 - 3.45 pm
||Matt will focus on the strategies which students on the autism spectrum can use to prepare for their studies at University. We will also explore how we can support students on the autism spectrum once they leave the University environment.
||3.45 - 4 pm
|Presenters Panel||4 - 4.30 pm
||Crystal ball gazing and Q&A discussion