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Understanding neurodiversity and living with autism

Best practice for building connections and pathways for access
Hear experts, including the Brain and Mind Centre's Professor Adam Guastella, explore how we might create cultures and environments that support neurodiversity, and recognise the varying levels of communication and experiences for people with autism.

Event details
Date and time:
 Wednesday 25 September, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Great Hall in the Quadrangle
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all with online registrations essential

Join us for a productive conversation about ways we can build pathways to foster learning and communication – from school to the workplace – for individuals with autism.

Hear a world-renowned expert in the area of neurodevelopment and education discuss current research and best practice. You'll also hear first hand from a University of Sydney student with autism about their experiences and the challenges of navigating the education system.  

During Disability Inclusion Week, the University will launch its new Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24.

The speakers

Adam Guastella is the Michael Crouch Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health. His position is based at both Sydney Children's Hospital at Westmead and the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney.

His work aims to build collaborative partnerships between researchers, clinicians and services to ensure that children and families receive the best available assessments and treatments to support wellbeing. As part of this role, he is the co-lead of the Child-Neurodevelopment and Mental Health Team for the University of Sydney. This team of multidisciplinary professors aims to solve complex problems for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. He is also the co-lead for the child bio-informatics hub for the University of Sydney, applying technology applications to support wellbeing and research with families.

Max Kolya Prineas is 21 years old and is currently studying full-time towards a Bachelor of Music, majoring in digital music and media. Max’s goal is to use this degree so he can move to England and begin a Masters in Media Archiving. Max is passionate about mastering and restoring audio from old tv shows, so the sound quality is preserved before the tapes perish. Max mainly lives independently and has great support from his parents.

Susannah Gregory completed a Bachelor in Applied Social Science, (Counselling), and has worked as a Family therapist and generalist counsellor with adolescents at risk of homelessness and their families before moving into Higher Education. While working within the higher educational sector, Susannah has supported students in a variety of roles including learning support, as Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) program Co-Ordinator for both face to face and online delivery, before moving into a Disability Advisor role. In this role, Susannah supported students across a number of Faculties with a wide variety of supports needs. In 2016, Susannah moved to the University of Sydney as a Disability Services Officer to continue working with students across a greater number of Faculties. More recently, Susannah has provided individualised support for students with Autism and ADHD, who have complex needs as well as provide advice to Faculties regarding student’s support needs. 

Chloe is a television presenter and model, best known to many as the Jeans West girl. She is married to rugby legend Mat Rogers. They have a son, Maxwell Danger, and a daughter, Phoenix. After Max was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, they founded the charity 4 ASD Kids to help underprivileged families fund their children’s medical costs.

Event information

This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.

Simply click the 'Register now' button or follow this link.

Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first-in, best-dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.

We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start time. 

If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.

The Great Hall is located in the Quadrangle. There will be directional signage on the day leading to the Hall. You may also refer to the map on this page. 

Public Transport

To help you plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info

By train

The Quadrangle is roughly a 20 minute walk from Redfern station. Catch a train to Redfern station and take Lawson St up to Abercrombie St. At the roundabout, follow Codrington St up to Butlin Ave. Follow Butlin Ave through to the campus and up Eastern Ave towards the Quadrangle.

By bus

Buses to the University are readily available from Railway Square, Central Station (Broadway). Please use campus maps tool and tick the ‘State transit bus stops’ box under the ‘Amenities’ column to view all possible bus stops.

  • via Parramatta Road: Take one of these buses: 413, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 480, 483, m10, L38 or L39 and alight at the main gate (University Ave). Take University Ave to the Quadrangle.
  • via City Road: Take one of these buses: 352, 370, 422, 423, 426, 428, m30, L23 or L28 and alight at the footbridge before Butlin Avenue. Cross the road or go across the bridge and take Eastern Avenue to the Quadrangle.

This venue provides wheelchair access and hearing loop.

Access requirements

If you have other access requirements or want more information, get in touch with us on 9351 2943 or email sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au with 'Access | Sep 25 – Neurodiversity' in the subject line at the earliest opportunity to allow us time to organise for any additional services in time for the event.

There is some on-street parking near Carriageworks, Abercrombie Street and Codrington Street.

There is also paid parking available at Shepherd Street Carpark. Head to the University's Parking page for more information about fees and opening hours.

Event image: Photo by Maxime VALCARCE on Unsplash

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