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.
Accessible ticket pricing and worldwide access
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