Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Australia’s largest not-for-profit autism service provider, and the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AAB-ASD), the national peak body advising the Australian government on issues affecting people with autism and their families, are co-hosting the fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC 17). The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC) will also be involved to promote the research outcomes being generated by this world-first national research collaboration here in Australia.

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APAC 17 conference organisers look forward to welcoming people with autism, family members, practitioners, researchers and policy makers from around the Asia-Pacific region and across the world as conference delegates and presenters.

Growing with autism


The conference theme is “Growing with Autism” and reflects the recent shift in autism research and practice to look beyond the early childhood and school years to the whole of life for people on the spectrum.

At APAC 17, people on the spectrum, family members, practitioners, researchers and policy makers will together explore how people on the spectrum of all ages, supported by their families and communities, can be the people they want to be.

A number of world leaders in the field have already committed to speaking at APAC 17 including Peter Vermeulen from Belgium who will give the opening address and Dr Barry Prizant from the USA, author of Uniquely Human, who will give the closing address.

Finally, the conference is being held in one of the fastest growing regions on earth. Increasingly the 21st century is being recognised as the ‘Asian century’ and the lives of people with autism across the Asia Pacific will become crucial to our better understanding of autism among the many cultures and communities in our region.

We hope you can join us in Sydney for APAC 17. If you want to be kept informed as this international event unfolds over the next two years or are interested in submitting speaker or topic ideas, please complete the relevant form on this website.