The fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC 17).


The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AAB-ASD), the convenor of the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, has appointed Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) to host the fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference in 2017 (APAC 17) in Sydney at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia's largest not-for-profit autism-specific service provider, and the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AAB-ASD) is the national peak body advising the Australian government on issues affecting people with autism and their families. 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.



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.



The Delegates:

The 2017 Conference will attract delegates from various platforms in the industry.

  • People on the autism spectrum
  • Family members and carers
  • Disability service providers
  • Advocates
  • Researchers
  • Teachers and educators
  • Allied health professionals
  • Employers and employer groups
  • Policy makers



Thomas Kuzma


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