My Life My Decisions is holding a 2023 conference at the UOW campus to address current issues and discussions in the autistic and neurodivergent community.

The conference will be focused on four groups: neurodivergent and autistic individuals, families, educators service providers and researchers.

Associate professor, of autism and inclusive education Dr Amanda A. Webster said we aim to enhance an environment for people to speak about current issues and barriers.

“We wanna create better practice and better environment to enable those individuals and to eliminate barriers…and we want to put in place those things that are needed to enable those individuals to do that[advocate] at a young age,” Dr Webster said.

The conference will include speakers to talk about different topics including autistic and neurodivergent individuals and family members as keynote speakers.

Grace Tame, Yenn Purkis, Melanie Heyworth, Randa & Richard Habelrih, Tim & Judy Sharpe and Dr James Best & Bensison O’relly are some of the speakers of the event.

Dr Webster said those who will attend will enhance their understanding of neurodivergence, identity & self-determination and will be able to share their knowledge.

“We’re kind of helping students and getting ideas that might impact their future work for example a number of my students… coming to learn things that they can use as they move forward,” she said.

“We also got students who themselves are Neurodivergence connecting with others and also a chance to share their knowledge.”

The event will be held on 4 and 5 November at building 20 UOW including dinner on Saturday night at Wollongong Golf Club.

For tickets and more information about the event visit My Life My Decisions site.