Please Note: The Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP) Conference 2020 is postponed to 26–28 October 2020. We will keep delegates, speakers and other stakeholders informed of any further updates. Read more here.

Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice Conference 2020

26-28 October 2020, SMC Function and Conference Centre, Sydney

Welcome

Welcome to the Inaugural Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP) Conference to be held at SMC Function and Conference Centre, Sydney from the 26th to 28th October 2020. The theme for the ARCAP 2020 conference is Innovations In Autism Practice.

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Key Dates

Registration open: Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Call for Papers close: Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Authors notified: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Accepted authors to be registered: Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Early bird registration closes: Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Conference: 26-28 October 2020

Welcome

A recent review of the state of knowledge in autism published in Nature concluded that, although there has been much progress in recent years, “the distance between science and practice remains great, and the amount of research that attempts to address solvable problems for autistic people alive today and their families remains modest.” 

This conference aims to help address this gap by highlighting the latest innovative research into autism practice – research that is co-produced with autistic people and focused on identifying the best possible ways to support people on the autism spectrum and their families and carers to realise their goals and aspirations. The ARCAP 2020 Innovations in Autism Practice Conference is a departure from the usual conference format and program and includes a unique three day program that provides delegates with a wide range of program choices and options (two individual one-day conferences and one-day of related masterclasses). These conferences and masterclasses will cover areas such as education, interventions, inclusive practice and independent living and will include invited speakers, panel sessions, talking posters and masterclasses. Conference delegates may choose to attend a one-day conference, or a one-day conference plus masterclasses or all three days.

By attending this conference, we hope that you will be even more inspired and better equipped to support people on the autism spectrum to live their best lives.

Vicki Gibbs
Chair, ARCAP Innovations in Autism Practice Conference


Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice

About ARCAP

This is the inaugural ARCAP Conference, however research at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is not new.

Aspect’s research centre – ARCAP – was launched in May 2019 to undertake and promote research into autism practice.  Built on more than 20 years of research expertise and guided by the experiences of autistic people and practitioners, ARCAP conducts participatory research that is translated into respectful practices that support autistic people and their families and carers to realise their goals and aspirations.

COVID-19 Update

We have made the decision to postpone the Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP) Conference 2020, amid ongoing concerns over the COVID-19. The conference is rescheduled to take place on 26–28 October 2020.

While we are very disappointed, the decision to postpone is necessary for the protection of the community and to help reduce transmission of the virus. This is especially important given predictions that the pandemic will peak in Australia in winter. We all need to pull together at this difficult time and help ‘flatten the curve’.

Once this period of caution and containment is over, we sincerely hope you can join us at our rescheduled conference.

We look forward to sharing with you the innovative research practices for supporting people on the autism spectrum and their families and carers.

For more information on the virus and the steps that can be taken to minimise its impact, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

We will keep delegates, speakers and other stakeholders informed of any further updates. In the interim, conference organisation and planning including call for abstracts and registration will continue.

Committee

Vicki Gibbs, National Manager, Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (Chair),
Dr Trevor Clark, National Director, Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice
Rachel Kerslake, Executive Manager, Aspect
Rachel Rizk, Communications Officer, Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice
Meghan Williams, Manager, Aspect
Tom Tutton, Executive Manager, Aspect
Emma Gallagher, Research Assistant, Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice
Xeni Kusumitra, Think Tank, Aspect.

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