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Autism Explained Online Summit - FREE TICKET

A week-long event to educate & empower parents. 25 Expert Talks Over 5 days with 75% Actually Autistic Speakers!

Are you struggling to understand your autistic child?

If you are, you’re not alone.

You love your child and want the best for them but it can be hard to know how to help them when you both think so differently.

Why do the very things that comfort you when you’re upset, further trigger your child?

Why is it so hard to get ready and out the door each day?

Why is communication always such a struggle?

It’s hard to feel good about your parenting when nothing seems to come easily. Parenting a child who experiences the world differently to you IS hard. However, it’s equally difficult for your child, who craves understanding and support in a world they don’t fully understand.

It all comes down to understanding.

Some days, it seems nothing goes right

When stress and emotions are heightened, small issues can morph into explosive episodes in the blink of an eye. This is especially true when you struggle to truly understand your child and their needs.

The fact is, it’s hard to connect with anyone if you don’t understand them.

So, how do you gain more understanding and lay the foundations for a better relationship with your autistic child?

One way is to continue searching for answers online, trawling through millions of good and not-so-good resources for information to better help you and your family.

A better way is to learn from the lived experience of autistic adults, fellow parents and autism professionals. People who have walked the same path as you, armed with the knowledge and experience to help grow your understanding and your confidence as a parent.

The good news? You can access this knowledge in the comfort of your own home, at a time that suits you, for FREE!


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Online learning and support to help you

The Autism Explained Online Summit is a week-long online event, featuring 25 sessions from highly respected experts from all over the world. Each day will focus on a different theme, ranging from understanding autism, family life, transitions and strategies, through to creating a supportive environment.

Our speakers have first-hand knowledge and experience across the autism spectrum. They are sharing their expertise with you so you can improve your relationships and better support your autistic child.

How the summit works:

  • The summit event itself will take place during October 14-18, 2019.
  • There will be 5 sessions scheduled each day during that week.
  • A FREE TICKET gets you access to ALL SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS, with replays available to watch on demand for 36 hours following each session.
  • Throughout the summit, the Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle will be available at a heavily discounted rate (only $89!), providing lifetime access to all sessions, plus extra bonuses, including a Summit Workbook, downloadable speaker bonuses, and two follow-up group coaching calls.


What you'll learn

Each day of the week-long summit will focus on a different aspect of the family experience, giving you practical strategies and advice to tackle various areas of everyday life.

Day 1 - Diagnosis and Transitions - Monday 14th October
Learn from 5 leading experts as they share their knowledge of navigating the autism diagnosis process and managing transitions across the lifespan.

Day 2 - Family Support - Tuesday 15th of October
Today’s schedule features 5 talks focusing on family support. These sessions will give you practical ideas on how to access more support as a family.

Day 3 - Understanding Autism - Wednesday 16th of October
Featuring interviews with 5 experts, learn all about autism, from various angles. Increase your knowledge and understanding to better support your child.

Day 4 - Practical Strategies - Thursday 17th of October
Discover strategies to help you in everyday life from 5 leading experts in the field. Take away new ideas and knowledge to make life easier for your family.

Day 5 - Education - Friday 18th of October
Find out how to successfully navigate educational options for your child in these expert interviews, including strategies and advice you can use straight away.

Day 1 - Diagnosis and Transitions

Autism Explained Online Summit Speakers

Monday 14th October 2019

Dr. Josephine Barbaro

The Benefits of Early Diagnosis

Dr Josephine Barbaro is a Senior Research Fellow and Psychologist at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University. Dr Barbaro’s work has led to the development of ASDetect; the world’s first, empirically-based, early autism detection mobile app for infants and toddlers.

Prof. Andrew Whitehouse

Best Practice Diagnosis

Andrew Whitehouse is the Chief Research Officer of the Autism CRC, and the Professor of Autism at the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia. Andrew chaired the nation-wide process that developed a national guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of autism.

Daniel Giles OAM

Managing Successful Transitions

Daniel Giles was diagnosed with Autism at 2½ years old. He started school in special ed, ended up going to uni, and now lives, works, and travels independently. Recently Daniel was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to disability and the community.

Shadia Hancock

Preparing for Life After School

Shadia was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and is now 18, has just left school and is studying speech pathology at university. With the help of an entrepreneurial teacher Shadia started their own business at the age of 15 mentoring and sharing about autism.

Wenn, Karletta, Roe, Shadia

Gender Diversity - Panel Discussion

From left to right above we have: Wenn Lawson, a transgender man who's 'lighbulb moment' came in his 60s. Karletta Abianac, who lived for several years as Karl before deciding to switch back to Karletta. Roe Johnson, a trans woman in her 40s. Shadia Hancock, who does not feel at home as either male or female, so they identify as non-binary. Together we have not-to-be-missed a discussion on the theme of gender, diversity, identity and expression.

Day 2 - Family Support

Autism Explained Online Summit Speakers

Tuesday - 15 October 2019

Kristy Forbes

Thriving as a family

Kristy Forbes is an autism and neurodiversity support specialist, creator of inTune Families, and the parent of four autistic children. She is an autistic person herself with an extensive background in education, childhood behaviour and psychology and has a passion for social change.

Dr. Temple Grandin

My mother knew just how to stretch me

Professor Grandin has a long list of achievements working with animals and sharing her autistic experience. Her voice was instrumental in the 'breakthrough discovery' that Autistic adults exist, not just children, and that we can contribute meaningfully to the world's understanding of Autism.

Kirsty Russell

Travelling as an autism family

Kirsty is parent of 3 kids (two of whom are autistic) and she's been sharing her experience to help other families for nearly ten years. She runs Positive Special Needs parenting and has written a book called Autism Family Travel, and will be sharing some of her tips with us.

Jenny Newman

Overcoming Isolation: Finding support when you need it most

Jenny has two children of her own on the spectrum, and is currently full time carer to her 20 y.o. grandson Chris, who needs round the clock 1:1 supervision. She served 6 years on the board of Irabina, and had decades of experience both finding and providing support as a carer.

Chris Varney

How to create an 'I can' network for your child

Chris was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome at age 5, he's a new parent himself, and he founded the I CAN Network, based on things that his friends, family and teachers did that were helpful in his life.

Day 3 - Understanding Autism

Autism Explained Online Summit Speakers

Wednesday - 16 October 2019

Katie Koullas

Supporting Autistic Girls

Katie Koullas is the founder of Yellow Lady Bugs, an autistic-led organisation dedicated to autistic women and girls. She works to change common misperceptions about autism, ensuring that girls are properly supported, and building a society that values and empowers all autistic females.

Tim Chan

Autism from the inside

Tim Chan is an autistic writer, poet, and disability advocate currently studying political science at university. He is especially passionate about helping those who, like himself, communicate via assisted typing. In 2014 he delivered a talk to TEDx Melbourne and has recently published a book about his life.

Prue Stevenson

How to prevent meltdowns through self-regulation

Prue is a proud autistic advocate. She works as a autistic consultant educating people about autism and creating sensory friendly spaces. She's is also a 3rd dan blackbelt in Taekwondo and currently studying a Masters in Fine Art at RMIT.

Kieran Rose

Masking and burnout

Kieran Rose (aka The Autistic Advocate) is an Autistic International Public Speaker, Writer, Consultant, Trainer and campaigner for Autistic rights. Kieran is father to two Autistic children and is dedicated to helping people understand Autism and changing the negative narrative of Autism in order to make the world a safer place for autistic people.

Dr. Peter Vermeulen

Autism and Context Blindness

Dr. Peter Vermeulen is a senior lecturer at Autisme Centraal in Belgium and founder of “Autism in Context”. He has worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years and written over than 15 books including ‘Autism as Context Blindness’.

Dr. Amy Laurent, PhD, OTR/L

Dynamic Functioning: Understanding Changing Needs

Amy Laurent, PhD, OTR/L is a developmental psychologist and pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the education of autistic children. Co-author of the SCERTS model, Amy frequently lectures around the globe and is passionate about neurodiversity and helping others to honor and understand the implications of "different ways of being".

Day 4 - Practical Strategies

Autism Explained Online Summit Speakers

Thursday 17 October 2019

Tom Tutton

10 Lessons from 10 years of running behaviour workshops for parents

Tom is the National Manager of Aspect Practice & Lead Consultant Positive Behaviour Support for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), where he's worked for 13 years. Recently he authored a chapter in the book ‘Behavioural Support for Students with Special Educational Needs'.

Yenn Purkis

Resilience and Mental Health

Yenn (formerly Jeanette) is an autistic and non-binary advocate. They have published six books on elements of autism (including two on resilience for parents of autistic kids), and given many keynote presentations (including for TEDx Canberra). Yenn has facilitated a women's support group in Canberra since 2011 and has worked for the Australian Public Service since 2007.

Dr. Emma Goodall

Sexuality and Relationships

Dr. Emma Goodall is an experienced autism consultant, teacher, blogger and published author who combines her professional and academic skills and knowledge with her lived experience as an autistic, to help people understand what it means to be on the autistic spectrum. Recently she published a book called "The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships".

Elise Muller

Exercise for self-esteem and sensory regulation

Elise is a proud autistic athlete who plays Aussie rules football for Essendon's VLFW team and is the first ever AFL Disability Ambassador Player. Winner of the 2019 Victorian Disability Emerging Leader award, Elise runs Elise Muller Active Support where she provides mentoring, speaking, and autism consultancy services.

Ebony Birch-Hanger

Leveraging the power of music for well-being and skills development

Ebony is a qualified Special Education Teacher, Neurodevelopmental Therapist, Teacher of the Deaf, Education Consultant and Music Specialist (and is also Autistic herself!). She has over 10 years of experience supporting students with a variety of diagnoses, additional learning needs and/or medical conditions. Ebony uses the power of music and movement to work with neurological systems and enhance development and functioning.

Day 5 - Education

Autism Explained Online Summit Speakers

Friday, 18 October 2019

Chris Bonnello

Success Your Own Way

Chris Bonnello from Autistic Not Weird is an autistic author, speaker, and special needs tutor. Chris has a background in primary teaching and believes that autistic people need to approach success on their own terms. In 2019 he won the National Autistic Society Professionals Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum.

Dr. Dawn-Joy Leong

Autistic Friendly Learning Environments

Dr Leong is an Autistic artist-researcher with an Masters in Music Composition and PhD in Autism, Neurodiversity and Multi-Arts Praxis. Her research centres on autistic elemental empathic resonance, from which emerges a rich multisensorial art practice of immersive mind-body experiential spaces. Lucy is Dawn-joy’s creative muse and assistance dog trained to provide sensory anxiety alerts.

Dr. Jac den Houting

Anxiety in School-Age Children

Dr Jac den Houting is a research psychologist with 10 years experience currently working with Professor Liz Pellicano at Macquarie University in Sydney. Jac was identified as Autistic at the age of 25, is proudly neurodivergent and queer, and is a strong advocate for the Autistic community, with high level involvement in several groups such as ASAN - the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand.

Prof. Mick Grimley & Emma Donaldson

The Person First Approach to Education

Professor Mick Grimley is Pro-Vice Chancellor of research and Dean of Education at Torrens University. He has over 30 years’ experience in Education across the UK, New Zealand and Australia, addressing manifold needs and views of students and academic professionals. Emma has worked in the field of autism and mental health for 18 years and is currently a lecturer in post-graduate teacher education. In 2018 she co-led the Torrens University Voices of Autism MOOC co-design and content curation reaching over 13,000 people in 88 countries.

Paul Micallef and Shannan Lea

Motivation for learning: getting clear on 'why'?

Paul discovered he was on the Autism Spectrum 4 years ago. Since then he has worked with countless autistic adults and children, as well as teaching parents teachers and students about Autism. He is also an ex-aerospace engineer with a passion for teaching and Emotional Intelligence. Shannan is a full-time parent, carer, student and advocate, with a passion for helping families bring out the diversity, skills, and talents of children on the autism spectrum. She was inspired to complete a Masters Degree in Autism Studies after her son was diagnosed with autism just prior to his 3rd birthday.

Meet Your Summit Host

Paul Micallef

Paul discovered he was on the Autism Spectrum 4 years ago. Since then he has worked with countless autistic adults and children, as well as teaching parents teachers and students about Autism. He is also an ex-aerospace engineer with a passion for teaching and Emotional Intelligence.

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About Autism Explained

At Autism Explained we believe that empowering parents is the best way to change the world for the next generation. We do this by helping families to understand their autistic children, so they can then create safe and supportive environments for them to learn and grow.

Our motto is "every voice matters" and we have nearly 75% autistic representation in our speaking line-up, many of whom are also parents, researchers, and/or autism professionals themselves.

This online summit has been designed to make high quality content accessible to a large number of people - especially time-poor parents, like you! We believe understanding is the key to connection, confidence and growth. Learn from our experience so you can better understand and support your child.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Autism Explained Online Summit?
The Autism Explained Online Summit is an online training event for parents of autistic children. Featuring interviews with 25 highly respected experts in autism, the summit covers understanding autism, family life, transitions, strategies and creating a supportive environment.
When does the event start and finish?
This free online training event runs October 14-18, 2019. 5 sessions will be scheduled for each day, with free access to replays for 36 hours. If you want longer access to the training, you can purchase the Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle, which includes lifetime access to each session, as well as extra benefits to help you in your parenting journey.
What is the cost of the summit?
If you watch each session live or watch the replay within 36 hours of broadcast, there is no cost. It’s absolutely free! We want parents to have every opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of our speakers. If you miss the 36 hour free replay window or if you’d like to revisit a particular session, you can purchase the Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle to get lifetime access to every session as well as extra bonuses.
How do I access the sessions?
Session times will be released closer to the summit. You’ll be able to watch the videos from a link provided via email and/or accessed via our Facebook page.
What if I miss a session I really wanted to view?
Following each session, you’ll have 36 hours to catch the free replay. After that, you can purchase the Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle to access all sessions forever (plus a host of extra bonuses!)
What do I get in the Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle?
The Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle provides lifetime access to all sessions, allowing you to revisit them as many times as you like. Purchasing the Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle also gives you extra bonuses, including a Summit Workbook, bonus content from each speaker, plus two follow-up group coaching calls.

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LIFETIME ACCESS BONUS BUNDLE
UPGRADE YOUR SUMMIT EXPERIENCE!

We know life can get in the way. That’s why, in addition to the free summit access, we’re offering a Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle. Purchasing the bonus bundle doesn’t just give you lifetime access to every session in the summit (providing valuable understanding and support). The bonus bundle also delivers valuable extras to increase your understanding and grow your confidence.

Your Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle includes:

  • Lifetime access to all sessions delivered as part of the Autism Explained Online Summit
  • Exclusive Autism Explained Online Summit Workbook
  • Audio podcast option - listen anywhere with downloadable MP3
  • Downloadable interview transcripts
  • Bonus content from each speaker
  • 2 x follow up group coaching calls to provide additional support

Get the most from the Autism Explained Online Summit by purchasing your value packed Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle

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