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Media Release - An Evening with Prof Tony Attwood

MEDIA RELEASE

MONDAY 11 July, 2016

Aspergers Victoria proudly presents:

An Evening With International Autism Expert Prof Tony Attwood

INTERNATIONAL autism expert Professor Tony Attwood will share the latest research and strategies for managing emotions and employment challenges at an Aspergers Victoria fundraising event in Preston this month 

The presentations will cover employment and relationships for people with Aspergers, and strategies to manage anxiety, sadness and anger for children and adults.

Prof. Tony Attwood said Australian and overseas research had confirmed high levels of unemployment and under-employment, despite the abilities and qualifications of people with Aspergers.

 “The main challenges in the workplace are in terms of social aspects and coping with change. I think there are many recommendations for an employer and I hope to weave these into the presentation,” Prof. Attwood said. “Clearly employers could miss out on somebody renowned for their knowledge, honesty, integrity and work ethic.”

In his employment talk, Prof. Attwood will focus on the issues faced by adults of all ages with Aspergers in finding and keeping employment appropriate to their abilities, as well as developing friendships and other workplace relationships.

His second presentation will explain why children and adults with Aspergers are more prone to develop mood disorders and the current therapies and strategies available to help manage feelings of sadness, anxiety and anger. Prof. Attwood will also discuss a new program he has developed with the Brisbane Minds and Hearts clinic to treat depression in adults with Aspergers.

Aspergers Victoria’s Evening With Professor Tony Attwood will be held at The Mantra Bell City Ballroom, 215 Bell St, Preston on 28 July from 6:30-9pm. Tickets are $60 each for Asperger Victoria members and $90 for non-members. Book at: www.trybooking.com/198028

Funds raised through this major event will help Aspergers Victoria continue to run a range of peer support and social groups for adults, young people, teenagers, girls and boys with Aspergers, as well as peer groups for parents, carers, siblings and partners.

Prof. Attwood is a clinical psychologist specialising in Aspergers and autism spectrum conditions for more than 40 years. In addition to his own private practice, Prof. Attwood is adjunct professor at QLD’s Griffith University and senior consultant at the Mind and Hearts clinic, Brisbane.

 Aspergers Syndrome is a neurological difference in the hard wiring of the brain and is considered to be part of the autism spectrum. It can influence the way some people make sense of the world, process information, relate to other people and cope with various situations. As a result, without the right supports children and adults with Aspergers may have high levels of anxiety, sadness or anger, as well as unemployment, About 1 in 250 children is diagnosed with Aspergers and it is estimated that about the same number again are undiagnosed, especially in girls.

Aspergers Victoria is a registered mental health promotion charity, run by volunteers, that provides information and support to people living with Aspergers.. For further information please visit www.aspergersvic.org.au

 

Event details: Aspergers Victoria’s Evening with Professor Tony Attwood

Date: Thursday, 28 July, 2016

Time: 6:30-9pm (doors open at 6pm – supper provided after 9pm)

Venue: The Mantra Bell City, 215 Bell St, Preston – The Ballroom

Cost: Members $60, non-members $90

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/198028

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