Past Aspergers Victoria Events

Here are some of the events we've held recently. Speaker notes, handouts and reports of the event, if available, can be accessed from the members only section of the website. 


Cristina Isaac - Behaviour Therapy and Aspergers - Wed 7th September



Autism Health & Well Being Expo - Sun 31st July

Aspergers Victoria invites you to join us at the Autism Health & Well Being Expo on Sunday 31st July.
This will be the second year that we have been an exhibitor at the Expo and look forward to the exciting exhibitors & guest speakers.

Check out the flyer below for further details and don't forget to drop by at the AV Table for a chat.


An Evening with Professor Tony Atwood - Thurs 28th July

Aspergers Victoria is proud to be hosting for the 3rd year...

An Evening with Professor Tony Attwood

Come along and join us to find out more information from a nationally and internationally renowned speaker on Aspergers

Professor Tony Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in Aspergers and autism spectrum conditions since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, was published in October 2006 and is one of the primary textbooks on Aspergers. Tony has published several subsequent books with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.

 A keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences, presenting workshops and training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Aspergers all over the world, Professor Tony Attwood has also been the author of many journal articles on the subject. He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger syndrome and autism spectrum conditions.

The evening will begin with 2 presentations followed by Q&As. If you have a question you would like discussed, please submit your question no later than 1st July to the Events Coordinator:

Tony will present the following topics at this event:

Asperger Syndrome: Employment and Relationships

The presentation focuses on the particular issues faced by adults with Aspergers with regard to finding and keeping employment appropriate to the person’s abilities and the development of friendships and other employment relationships. The presentation also discusses strategies to facilitate emotion management in adults and the expression of Aspergers throughout the lifespan.

Managing Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to manage anxiety, sadness and anger

The presentation explains why children and adults with Aspergers are more prone to develop mood disorders and also explains strategies that can help such individuals learn about and manage emotions. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy includes affective education and cognitive restructuring, i.e. improving the understanding of emotions and changing the way the person perceives and responds to emotions. The emotional toolbox concept is explained to provide a greater range of strategies to manage feelings.


DATE: Thursday 28th July 2016

TIME: 6.30-9pm Doors open at 6pm - Supper provided after 9pm

VENUE: The Mantra Bell City, 215 Bell Street, Preston – The Ballroom

COST: Members Only ‘Early Bird Special’ Tickets: $50 each*  Closing date: 31st May 2016

          Members (after ‘Early Bird Special’) Tickets: $60 each*

          Non-members Tickets: $90 each

Please note non-members tickets will be available for purchase from 1st June 2016 

*Not a member? Join Aspergers Victoria online at Your membership number will be sent to you by email.

Ticket numbers are limited per membership, see T&C below

Book and pay online at: 

For further information please contact Events Coordinator.

Email: or Phone: 0431 311 558

These Tony Attwood events sell out very fast so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Registrations close – 10pm, Wednesday 27th July 2016, if not sold out prior.

Please note: Photographs may be taken at this event, and may be used in the Aspergers Victoria Newsletter or website and/or for promotional purposes. If you do not wish your image, your child or children’s image to be used please contact the Events Coordinator at

Important Information

Please report to the registration table to present your ticket upon entry. Follow the Aspergers Victoria event signs throughout the main foyer & carpark levels to The Ballroom. Access from the underground carpark to The Ballroom is on the 1st floor via the carpark elevator & stairs. AV Events Team members will be available for help with directions at selected station points.

Via Public Transport

Route 86 tram towards Bundoora RMIT via Smith Street Stop No: 45 – 5mins walk to Mantra Bell City Bell Railway Station (Preston) – 10mins walk to Mantra Bell City, Preston

Via Car

Entrance to underground carpark (Gate 3) is off Hotham Street (corner Bell & Hotham Streets, Preston). The Mantra Bell City, Preston offers ample car parking facilities (600+ onsite spaces over 4 levels). Parking is free for the first hour and $1 for every hour thereafter – total daily fee $7.

If you are interested in overnight accommodation at the Mantra Bell City for the night of our special event,

please go to:
or website: Don’t forget to mention this event and receive a special discount price for your overnight stay – valid only for the night of 28th July 2016

Terms & Conditions

  1. Special Requirements: All persons requiring special requirements for seating will need to notify the Events Coordinator upon booking and/or not later than 14 days prior to the start of this event ie: Wheelchair, Vision, Hearing, Walking Frame, Crutches.
  2. Members Tickets: Only 2 tickets per membership can be purchased.
  3. Professionals Tickets: Only 4 tickets per membership can be purchased.
  4. Educators Tickets: Only 4 tickets per membership can be purchased.
  5. Volunteers Tickets: Only 1 ticket per volunteer can be purchased.
  6. Photographers: Please note photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for AV Newsletter, Website, Facebook and/or promotional purposes. If you do not wish your image and/or child/children’s image to be taken or used please contact the Events Coordinator.
  7. Children: This event is not suitable for children under the age of 18 yrs of age. Children in prams are not permitted. All attendees regardless of age ie: under the age of 18 must have a ticket purchased securing a seat. No children will be permitted to sit on parent’s laps. This is an OH&S & Insurance requirement. If you wish to bring your child/children to this event a ticket at the Adult price will be required to be purchased.
  8. OH&S & Insurance Requirement: All persons attending this event must purchase a ticket including volunteers, board members, events team, photographers, general AV members and non members. All attendees must be accounted for at this event for emergency purposes.
  9. Early Bird Tickets: Tickets released under this category are for AV members only, priced at $50 only from 16 May to 31 May 2016 and/or until all tickets are sold out.
10. Members Tickets: Tickets released under this category are for AV members only, priced at $60 only from 1 June 2016 and/or until all tickets are sold out.
  10. Non Member Tickets: Tickets released under this category are for Non Members priced at $90 from 1 June 2016 and/or until all tickets are sold out.
  11. Volunteer Tickets: Tickets released under this category are for AV Volunteers only using the allocated code issued to volunteers only as with the conditions stated as an AV volunteer.
  12. All tickets are available for general release from 16 May 2016 until sold out. Total maximum capacity of attendees/amount of tickets available for this event is 450. In the case of the said event tickets are sold out prior to the actual event closing date, 28 July 2016, notification will be given via members email, AV groups email and/or AV website including social media such as Facebook & Twitter.
  13. Refunds: Refunds will be issued only in the case of cancellation of the said event. Notification will be given via email and/or AV website including social media such as Facebook & Twitter.

Donations are also welcomed

For donations over $2 we will send you a tax receipt.

Click here to make a donation to Aspergers Victoria via Give Now


Being Brave, Building Resilience - Friday 27 May 2016 


World Autism Day - 2nd April

The UN declared 2nd April World Autism Awareness Day. However many believe the time has come to move beyond simply awareness to creating more acceptance.

This year the UN’s theme is "Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity”. As part of this the United Nations has emphasised the need to mainstream disability which requires "an integral approach in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that inequality is not perpetuated.” (

This year their Call to Action includes: "an appeal to employers to commit to offering employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum. The Call urges all stakeholders to work together with employers to facilitate their access to this largely untapped talent pool.” ( Employment is such an area where those on the Spectrum need inclusion and AV is working with various organisations to improve inclusion and job opportunities for our members. We will also have several seminars about this and a careers event.

As a way of celebrating this day, many organisations around Australia and around the world will be turning various colours for the day - some have chosen blue and some have chosen yellow - or whatever colour the ASD person likes. We encourage our members to celebrate the Autism spectrum on 2nd April and send us any of your stories you want mentioned in our communications.

We would love to hear how our members are celebrating the Spectrum on the day. Please send us your stories to share via social media @aspergersvic or email