Positive Partnerships proudly launches a series of multicultural resources at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2017 (APAC 2017) held at the Sydney International Convention Centre from 7-9 September. The resources have been developed to both raise awareness of autism among culturally and linguistically diverse communities and provide support to these communities. The resources are available in ten languages: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Nepali, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

APAC17 brings together people on the autism spectrum and their family members, service providers, practitioners, researchers and policy makers as one community to work towards realising the potential of people on the autism spectrum. The conference has attracted over 1,200 delegates from more than 28 countries across Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

“We are thrilled to be launching our multicultural resources at this year’s APAC17 in front of such a global audience. These are a range of resources that have been translated to assist with conversations and shared planning to support families of children with diverse learning needs, and their communities,” said Jacqui Borland National Director, Positive Partnerships.

Turkish born Dr. Selim Pullu (pictured above) was one of the 21 world renowned keynote speakers, presenting ‘Our Journey with Autism: Works and Experiences’, which shares his personal experiences of learning to understand and work with his son’s autism. Dr. Pullu has been instrumental to Positive Partnership’s work, helping to develop resources for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and to break down cultural barriers by beginning conversations to engage other fathers.

“I remember when my wife and I were desperately seeking help for my son with Autism while there was almost nothing available. Now I’m proud and honoured to have the opportunity to contribute through Positive Partnerships so that all people have access to resources and assistance, no matter their background” expressed Dr. Pullu.

The multicultural resources produced by Positive Partnerships include the following information:

  • ‘What is Autism’ Fact Sheet
  • Visual Planning Matrix
  • Guide to Who Can Help
  • Guide to Using Visual Supports
  • Myths and Facts about Autism
  • ‘A Family Journey’ Animation
  • Family Stories

To view and download, please visit:

http://www.positivepartnerships.com.au/multicultural-resources

Inaugurated in 2009, the Asia Pacific Autism Conference is a biennial event. Themed ‘Growing with Autism’, this 5th three-day APAC conference aims to reflect the shift in the field looking beyond the early childhood and school years to focus on the whole lifespan for people on the spectrum.

About Positive Partnerships

Positive Partnerships is a national project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Helping Children with Autism package. Delivered by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) – Australia’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum – Positive Partnerships aims to improve the educational outcomes of school-aged students on the autism spectrum. To learn more, please visit http://www.positivepartnerships.com.au/

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