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Autism West Annual Symposium 2017
The Big Picture


The must-see event in 2017 for individuals on the autism spectrum, their family members, educators, service providers and researchers. 

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 November 2017


We’re connecting and empowering people on the spectrum by showcasing inspirational speakers, people, organisations and thought leaders doing amazing work within the community.

The 2017 Autism West Symposium will focus on ‘The Big Picture’, looking beyond childhood as those on the autism spectrum move into adulthood, with a particular focus on developing social skills, independence, and finding meaningful employment. The program will include presentations, break-out sessions, a fireside chat, and more.

Who Is It For?

Our annual symposium is for people on the autism spectrum and their families and carers, as well as educators, researches and health professionals.

The Details

Taking place across one and a half days, the 2017 Autism West Symposium will include presentations, break-out sessions, a fireside chat, and more. We will also be featuring employers and educational professionals championing the education and employment of those with ASD.

*Early bird discounts available until 31 August 2017

Venue:  Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160

Event Date: Friday 3 November 2017 & Saturday 4 November 2017

Discounted Accomodation: To book and claim your discounted accommodation please click here.

Further information: Contact Autism West on 08 9431 2111 or email Event Coordinator, Helene Hansen, at


The Speakers

We have some exciting speakers already confirmed, including:

Lyn Beazley AO FTSE

Holly Bridges

Carla Burn - Network Leader and Mentor at the iCan Network

Barb Cook - Founder and Editor in Chief of Spectrum Women Magazine

Jacquiline den Houting - Psychologist with lived experience with Asperger Syndrome

Marita Falkmer

Sonya Girdler

Jay Hobbs

Christina Holly

Matthew Jones

Kerry Magro - Once non-verbal, now an international public speaker

Jeanette Purkis - Author, speaker and autism advocate

John Schad


Matt Schneider

Louise Sheehy

Graeme Simsion - Best-selling author of ‘The Rosie Project

Craig Thompson

Naomi Ward

Andrew Whitehouse

Young WA Artists - Cameron Dermer, Sarah Pollard and Charlie Paganin

If you would like view the bios of the above speakers, please visit the Autism West event page.

Click here to view the 2017 Autism West Symposium Program.

Watch this space for the details of more speakers!



The 2017 Autism West Symposium will be held at the beautiful Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia.

We have secured limited discounted accommodation at the Esplanade for those wanting to make the most of the event. To book and claim your discounted accommodation please click here.


Booking Information

  • All tickets include Credit Card Processing Fee.
  • Early bird discounts available until 31 August 2017
  • Concession pricing is available - Autism West may ask you to present proof of your eligibility for a concession
  • Registration fees include morning tea and lunch on Day One and morning tea on Day Two
  • Autism West reserves the right to make changes to the program
  • Please note that registration is non-refundable, but we are happy for you to transfer it to someone else


Event Sponsors



Exhibit Sponsors



Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for the 2017 Autism West Symposium. Please contact Helene Hansen on 08 9431 2111 or to discuss further.

Click here to download a copy of our 2017 Autism West Symposium Sponsorship Prospectus.

Click here to download a copy of our 2017 Autism West Symposium Exhibitor Package.


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