Biannual Symposium | 5 November, 2021

Online | vFairs

In the field of Positive Psychology, PERMA represents a model of subjective wellbeing or “happiness” that is integral to living a “good life”. The acronym PERMA stands for positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships, meaning, and achievements.

In this Autistic-led, one-day online event, we will explore the P of PERMA in the context of Autistic lived experience. Using acceptance, authenticity and autonomy as the foundational frame on which to build Autistic PERMA, we ask: what are the conditions for Autistic individuals to experience authentic, organic happiness? And what does flourishing authentically and Autistically actually look like?

Held online via vFairs, the Symposium will take place on 5 November, 2021. It will provide a platform for Australian and international Autistic speakers to share their lived expertise in identifying, fostering and maintaining flourishing. The single-stream program will offer papers addressing flourishing childhoods and flourishing adulthoods, including presentations on education, play, work and ageing.

A comprehensive agenda covering the lifespan of Autistic individuals

Join us as we move beyond current discussions of independence, success and contribution, to uncover what genuine Autistic happiness is, and how we each can take positive and proactive steps to foster flourishing across the lifespan for ourselves and our children or clients.

Please note that the morning session of the Symposium will focus on flourishing childhoods. After lunch, the focus will move to flourishing adulthoods. Your ticket will allow you to access both the morning and afternoon sessions, although you are of course welcome to attend only those sessions of relevance to you.

We are also pleased to advise that if you are unable to join us live you will still be able to access the vFairs platform for 30 days upon completion of the Symposium and view the presentations at a time that is suitable for you. Please note, if you do intend on joining us live on 5 November, 2021, the Symposium will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 5:30pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

13 speakers from Australia and around the world

We are thrilled to share our exciting lineup of speakers with you. Our speakers represent a diverse range of fields, expertise and lived experience. 

Autistic Flourishing

Craig Madden

Welcome to Country

Kristy Forbes

Flourishing with acceptance

Frances Brennan

Flourishing through play

McAlister Greiner Huynh

Flourishing in education

Dr Kristie Patten

Flourishing in therapy

Tim Chan

Flourishing after school

Lyric Holmans

Flourishing at work

JayJay Mudridge

Flourishing authentically


Helen Said

Flourishing in the community

Dr Wenn Lawson

Flourishing in retirement

Dr Erin Bulluss

Flourishing socially

Medha Gupta

Flourishing in otherness

Dr Melanie Heyworth

Flourishing autonomously

Accessible ticket pricing and worldwide access

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Did you know? If your child has an NDIS plan that includes a budget line for parent education, and you are plan- or self-managed, you can claim your registration costs for Reframing Autism events from your child’s NDIS funding.

This event is funded by an ILC grant administered by the DSS.

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The Reframing Autism team would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we have the privilege to learn, work, and grow upon. Whilst we gather on many different parts of this Country, the RA team walk on the land of the Birpai, Gadigal, Darkinjung, Wadawurrung, Jagera, Turrbal, Whadjuk and Southern Yamatji peoples.

We are committed to honouring the rich culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Country, and the diversity and learning opportunities they provide us with. We extend our gratitude and respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to all Elders past, present, and emerging, for their wisdom, their resilience, and for helping this Country to heal.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.