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Save the date – AUStism 2020

Save the date – AUStism 2020

Stories to challenge, inform and inspire…

Autism presents differently for every person diagnosed. It’s a ‘spectrum’ of experience, with many wonderful, and sometimes challenging, ‘shades’ for the people living with it and those who love them.

At Autism Awareness Australia, we are committed to raising awareness and understanding of all types of autism, and thus we are thrilled to announce our AUStism speaker series returns in 2020 with an incredible line up of international and Australian presenters! These are real stories from real people – funny, tough, compelling, bittersweet and guaranteed to touch and inspire.

Tickets on sale January 2020!

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Speakers include

Jocelyn Moorhouse | Film director, author and autism mum, Jocelyn is known primarily for her huge successes on the big screen with titles such as Proof, How To Make An American Quilt, and The Dressmaker counted as feathers in her cap. However her greatest challenge and achievement is mum to four kids, two of which are on the autism spectrum.

Jo Abi | Journalist, TV presenter and autism mum, Jo is regularly seen on the Today Show, and her articles and opinions read on numerous digital channels including 9Honey, nine.com.au and Mamamia. With two of her three children on the autism spectrum, Jo draws on her family’s experience to raise awareness and understanding to life as an autism family.

Chloe Maxwell | Model and media personality Chloe, along with husband (rugby league legend) Mat Rogers, are the founders of 4ASD Kids – a charity committed to raising money specifically to sponsor kids with autism into early intervention treatment programs. Following “going public” about their son Max’s experience with autism – and the overwhelming support thereafter – they decided to use their public personas to really make a difference to the lives of autism families.

James Hunt | Hailing from the UK, James is an award winning autism blogger, podcaster and father of two autistic boys. His ‘Stories About Autism’ blog is a raw and insightful glimpse into life for their family. He shares stories of their everyday lives, the highs, the lows, and everything in between. A powerful tool in spreading awareness and inspiration for others.

Barb Cook | Autism advocate, author, speaker and keen motorcyclist, Barb was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age 40. She founded ‘Spectrum Women Magazine’ in 2016, and later co-authored ‘Spectrum Women – Walking to the beat of autism’ in 2018. She has an extensive history in advocacy work dedicated to supporting fellow neurodiverse peers. Her unique personal insights coupled with her humourous personality captivate audiences wherever she presents, leaving all with “a sense of optimism that Barb imparts to those she connects with”.

Richard and Randa Habelrih | Son and mum duo and founders of Autism MATES – a school based, peer-led program promoting social inclusion and leadership that tackles the isolation and bullying issues that many kids on the spectrum face in mainstream schools. With the message that “inclusion is more powerful than awareness”, these two have made real change to the social landscape within primary and secondary schools and through to higher education and support services.

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