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WAO 2018: Welcome!


Dear Friends & Colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the 5th World Autism Organisation (WAO) Congress that will be hosted in Houston, Texas, 12 – 15 November 2018.

Endorsed by the Autism Society of America, the WAO congress is a joint venture between Associations from Mexico (notably in Nuevo Leon), with significant assistance from regional associations and centres from Houston, making it a genuine “Tex-Mex” event.

Historically, the WAO international congresses attract 1000 – 1500 delegates from many countries around the world and with Houston offering such a terrific host city with good access by air and other travel options, we are confident that there will be even greater participation.

Preparations are well under way to ensure that this congress will offer people with autism, their families, friends and relevant professionals a comprehensive programme of well-informed and respected speakers. Diversity of topics, with focus on latest research, practical skill upliftment and personal experiences will be the backbone of the congress programme. Plenary and other relevant presentations will have simultaneous translation into Spanish.

During the intervals, there will be a large and diverse selection of exhibitors to further enhance knowledge on autism-specific resources, as well as a comprehensive selection of poster presentations.

The Marriott Marquis Hotel Houston has been chosen as the congress venue as it offers a selection of accommodation options an escalator ride away, as well as a large raised outside garden and pool area, with spectacular views of Houston, where we will treat you to a wonderful “Meet & Greet” cocktail evening. There is a diverse selection of additional hotel options reserved for delegates within safe and easy walking distance of the congress venue.

There will perfect opportunities to enjoy beneficial networking, development of collaborative partnerships and light-hearted, relaxing social opportunities, that will culminate in the “Rodeo Experience” Gala Event. The WAO has engaged the services of a long-standing highly reputed company who will take us to a custom-designed venue where will enjoy a great evening of Texan Cowboy entertainment!

On behalf of all involved in the development of this significant congress, we have the pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract to be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Whether a potential presenter or a delegate, please take note of the closing dates, regularly visit www.worldautismorganisation.com to keep informed of developments as well as to take advantage of early-bird delegate offers.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you in 2018.



Jill Stacey
President: WAO

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