World Autism Awareness Day 2021

Friday the 2nd of April marks World Autism Awareness Day 2021. Every child, young person and adult with autism has different strengths, interests and abilities. World Autism Awareness Day aims to highlight the important contributions of people with autism to ensure that all individuals can lead full and meaningful lives as valued members of society.

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The VDEI Professional Learning Program features on-demand resources available to educators and allied professionals who are interested in learning more about autism in relation to hearing and multi-sensory impairments.

Hearing Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this presentation, Professor Gary Rance explores the relationship between sensory processing and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with a focus on hearing. Professor Rance discusses three studies conducted by the University of Melbourne to demonstrate research findings in relation to hearing and ASD.

Considering children with multisensory impairments in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this presentation, Dr Daniel Gadke discusses the intervention needs of children with multi-sensory impairments in the context of ASD. Dr Gadke reviews general intervention approaches and frameworks that are appropriate to support students with multi-sensory impairments and/or autism.


The Department of Education and Training, Victoria also has information for parents on the topic of autism, including assessment, support, rights and working with a child's education provider.