2024 Community Summit: Program and Information

Welcome and How to Use This Program

Welcome to our 2024 Community Summita grassroots conference dedicated to exploring topics crucial to our Autistic community This event offers a unique mix of keynote presentations, moderated panels, facilitated peer discussion groups and an online chat forum, all delivered virtually.  The topics we will cover address issues important to us and our community, and we are excited to showcase a diverse array of stories, knowledge, and experiences.       

Our Summit will offer valuable information and insights, allowing you to learn, interact with fellow attendees, and share stories and journeys

This online program will provide you with all the information for the Summit and may be updated throughout the Summit to reflect any feedback that we receive from our attendees to make things clearer and easier to understand, so check back regularly. 

This program includes information about the structure of the Summit, agendas for each day, further details about the platforms that we are using for the Summit, and further information about accessibility features as well as a FAQ. 

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Community Summit Structure

Each day of our Summit will feature: 

  • Keynote Presentations – our presenters will cover a wide range of topics designed to capture your attention and interest.  With their extensive expertise and deep knowledge in their respective fields, they will leave a lasting impression and inspire further discussion.  Each pre-recorded keynote presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the presenter.
  • Panel Discussions – these talks will explore the day’s theme, offering diverse perspectives in an interactive, conversational format.  You’ll have the chance to engage with panel members, ask questions and hear their insights and opinions, creating dynamic and engaging discussions.
  • Peer Groups – on the first three days of the Summit (28 May, 30 May, and 4 June), Zoom based peer discussion groups are open to those who registered before 21 May.  These are informal, hosted opportunities within an inclusive space for you to connect with people of similar identities, to chat about each of the main conference themes. On days 4 and 5 of the Summit, we will be offering one-off Networking Meetups instead. These meetups are for Autistic people running their own business (or interested in doing so), autism researchers, Autistic elders (age 60+) and parents who are Autistic themselves. Learn more here.
  • Online Forum – exclusively available to Community Summit registrants, this virtual space provides an opportunity to gather, chat, ask questions and share experiences through written chat. With minimal moderation, it serves as a valuable resource for exchanging ideas, information and engaging in general discussion. Learn more here.
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Daily Programs

Each day of the Summit is organised around a different theme. Details for each day’s theme can be found in the links below:

Days will follow these timings (in AEST):

  • 10.00am – 11.15am: Keynote Presentation
  • 11.30am – 12.30pm: Panel Session
  • 1.00pm – 2.00pm: Peer Discussion Groups (first 3 days only) or Networking Meetups (days 4 & 5 only)
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Technical aspects

As part of keeping the costs affordable for the Community Summit, we have opted out of using a purpose-built conference platform and instead are using a combination of platforms to deliver the whole experience. We have provided a brief explanation of each platform and the purpose it serves below.  

  • Humanitix: This is where you find the virtual hub of the Summit, which can be accessed by clicking the link in your ticket. This link is unique to you and can only be accessed on one device at a time. The virtual hub explains and connects you to everything you need for the Summit, including information about each day, links for the live sessions hosted in Zoom, additional resources, and replays. 
  • Zoom: The live elements of the Summit will be held via Zoom. You will connect to Zoom from the links in the Humanitix virtual hub. For the optimal experience, please sign into your Zoom account, if you have one. It is not required that you have a Zoom account to access the live elements of the Summit, but it will make it a more seamless experience. Anyone not logged into Zoom will need to provide their name and email address to access the live Zooms each time you join a new Zoom link. You can sign up for a free Zoom account here, if you would like to. Note that this is not applicable to replays. 
  • Discourse: This is a completely optional online written discussion forum, where you can connect with fellow attendees to chat and share experiences. It’s divided into groups for various parts of the community, and you can choose your display name and picture. You can create your account here.  
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To account for the accessibility needs of our keynote presenters, who are all Autistic, we have pre-recorded the keynote presentations.  The keynote presentations and panel discussions will be provided with Auslan interpretation and captions.  These sessions will be recorded, and access provided for viewing at your convenience. Our peer discussion groups will not be recorded; however, brief summary notes, including any resources shared, will be made available afterwards for those who registered. 

The online discussion forum platform is screen reader accessible, and you can adjust your text size and colour to suit your needs. 

All content will exclusively be available until 30 June 2024 for registrants, who will have access to the recordings until 30 September 2024. 

If you have any more questions or require further assistance, please contact learning@reframingautism.org.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible (noting that our team only work part time so responses may sometimes take a few days). 

Please note that all our presenters, and the majority of the Reframing Autism team, are Autistic and therefore will have accessibility needs as well. This may mean a presenter feels unable to answer your question in the moment, or that our team might take some time to process your request. Please be mindful of this when making requests of the team. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any more questions or require further assistance, please contact learning@reframingautism.org.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Check out the Code of Conduct for the Community Summit

Further Information

We hope you enjoy our 2024 Community Summit. 

In the past, Reframing Autism has offered conferences using bespoke conference platforms that are costly and often inaccessible. For this Summit, we’ve changed how we’ve approached things and we have purposely chosen not to invest significant amounts of money into a conference platform. In part, that is because we have an unprecedented number of Autistic people supporting us to deliver this Summit, and we wanted to have sufficient funding to pay them appropriately for their time and expertise. In part, we wanted to ensure the Summit was accessibly priced for our community to attend. We hope you agree that redirecting money into our community to recognise our collective wisdom and experience is a better choice than paying a corporate business to access their platform. 

This does mean, however, that what you experience during the Summit may not be as seamless or problem-free an experience as you may wish, or as our other conferences. No doubt technology will not be perfect, and there will be issues! We have done our best to have backup plans in case something doesn’t go to plan, but please be patient with us as we navigate this Summit independently of external support. For example, tech support will be provided by our limited Reframing Autism team, and we will do our very best to support you, but this is often not our area of expertise! 

We are so excited to welcome you to our Summit, and we have expended every effort to make this an accessible and easy experience for you. We hope that you are able to enjoy your time learning over the following days, but please bear with us if things are not perfect. 

If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact learning@reframingautism.org.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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. Whilst we gather on many different parts of this Country, the RA team walk on the land of the Amangu, Awabakal, Bindjareb, Birpai, Whadjak, Wiradjuri and Yugambeh 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 with which they provide us. We extend our gratitude and respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to all Elders past and present, for their wisdom, their resilience, and for helping this Country to heal.

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