I have some sad news. After 5 months of organisation and a great deal of support from many organisations and businesses, I have due to lack of registrations taken the decision to cancel the Awetism Classroom Professional Development day for this year. Registrations have been open for an entire month yet there have only been 9 registrations. This is especially disappointing as this day was all about helping students on the autism spectrum in South West Victoria realise their potential and not end up being part of the 8 out of 10 autistic students who do not finish school. If you have any ideas as to why this may have happened please feel free to contact me, anonymity is guaranteed. This learning experience may have paused the progress of my work, however, I am not going to let this stop me as I have a few other great projects planned and some awesome upcoming speaking engagements pending including doing a talk at the National Future Schools Conference in Melbourne on the 22nd of March. If you are one of the people who registered you have the option of either a full refund or alternatively you can donate the money to my future projects that help create a more accepting and inclusive world for those on the autism spectrum.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors for your support as I would not have advanced this far without your dedication and I hope we can still work together in future.
To those students on the spectrum in South West Victoria don’t worry; I have not forgotten you; I will be back soon, for now though feel free to contact me whenever you feel alone and need someone who understands to an extent, what you go through every day.If you are sick of people doubting your abilities and would like to begin telling your story to help society understand what it truly means to be autistic you know where to find me.
Despite this set back I still believe that a world that accepts and embraces autism is possible and we should still stand together and work towards this common goal.
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker