the Difference makes the Difference"
A conference for Adults
with Asperger's Syndrome, partners, parents, siblings, families,
therapists, educators, employers, service providers and other
interested people and groups.
||SUNDAY 23 October 2005, 9am – 5pm
24 October 2005, 9am – 5pm
||Wests Leagues Club Ashfield,
115 Liverpool Road (Hume Hwy)
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SUNDAY 23 October 2005,
9am – 5pm
CHRIS and GISELA SLATER-WALKER,
UK Authors of "An Asperger Marriage" will present four
seminars focusing on Asperger's Syndrome in marriage. Drawing from
their own personal experiences they will describe how undiagnosed
AS affected their relationship; the difference diagnosis can make
for both partners, including parenting issues; daily challenges
in the life of an adult with AS including education, employment,
etc; and fourthly, suggested strategies for avoiding pitfalls and
enabling more effective communication. Question time.
MONDAY 24 October 2005,
9am – 5pm
ROGER MEYER, from
the USA and diagnosed
with AS in 1997 at age 55, Writer, Mediator, Advocate " … of
a different mind", will present four workshops focusing more
specifically on the needs of the Adult with Asperger's Syndrome.
His topics will cover pre-, during and post diagnosis process,
late diagnosis, adult support, relationships, education, employment,
the consequences of generational denial of AS in a family, finding
a good personal counsellor, vocational and career counselling,
peer-led adult support groups, discussion about the pitfalls and
rifts existing among Autism Advocacy Organisations, etc. Question
The theme for our conference
the Difference, makes the Difference" and is being presented
as a more general coverage of issues relating to Asperger's Syndrome
in adults, but with particular emphasis on marriage and family
We are hoping that through this conference we can increase awareness
of Asperger's Syndrome in adults in general and thereby generate
more curiosity among professionals and the general community which
in turn should lead to Asperger's Syndrome being more readily identified
and diagnosed, and more effective help provided.
Our experience in ASPIA (GRASP) over the last couple of years is
showing clearly that information and understanding do make an
enormous difference, with many partners and couples managing better
as a result. We
have also heard many stories of adults with Asperger's Syndrome
(AS) finding great relief at discovering their AS.
We hope to spread this message, and invite you to pass on the conference
information to as many contacts you have who could benefit from
more information, particularly GP's, counsellors and counselling
organisations, women's health centres, religious organisations,
Collectively, we have many stories of having been disbelieved for
many years because of lack of awareness among the help professions,
and because of the hidden and misleading behaviours caused by
is a wonderful opportunity to follow up on some of those past
experiences and help increase awareness wherever you can.
Book stockists BOOK-IN-HAND will
be attending, offering a comprehensive range of books on Asperger's
Syndrome and Autism, including titles by our speakers.
Cost for each
day is $85 per person ($80 pp if two
or more from same family)
Cost for both days is
$160 per person.
Includes Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.
Club is located on
northern side of Hume Hwy, just south of railway line, several hundred
metres from intersection with Parramatta Rd. There are traffic lights
at Club entry making access by car from either direction simple.
Club will be open from approximately 8am for café and restroom
By rail, allow
10 minute walk from Ashfield Railway Station (courtesy bus can be
Free Parking beside and under Club
(with overflow in nearby Victoria Street)
Accommodation nearby is budget but
ok: Westside Motor Inn, Ph: 9797 7711, Ashfield Motor Inn, Ph:
9798 0333, Ashfield Manor, Ph: 9798 0088, Phillip Lodge Motel,
Ph: 9797 9411 or visit www.wotif.com two
weeks prior to event.
All conference enquiries:
Carol Grigg, 0408 817 828. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INC ABN 30 583 771 917, PO Box
57 Macarthur Square LPO MACARTHUR NSW 2560
form for download. Prices
inclusive of GST. Cheques or money orders. Direct deposit to bank
account available. Registrations close Wednesday, 12 October 2005.