FREE Webinar:  12 January 2022, 1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.)

Dr. Margaret Bauman on  Challenges of Medical Care for Seniors


Free webinar at 1 p.m. Eastern time (US), Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022

Learn about the many challenges faced by those aging with autism. This includes diagnosis in adult and senior years; preventative screenings, such as prostate as well as breast and cervical cancer; and medical conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. Dr. Bauman will also discuss many of the limitations when seeking medical guidance including the shortage of knowledgeable medical care providers, time constraints during examination, and low government and health insurance reimbursement.


Free certificates of participation are available upon successful completion of a brief knowledge quiz after the webinar. The quiz will be added to the Autism Research Institute page once the event has concluded.  


About the speaker:

Margaret Bauman, MD, is a pioneer in the study and treatment of Autism and is highly respected by her fellow clinicians and patients for the level of clinical care she provides and the advances that she has contributed to in the field. Dr. Bauman is a Neurologist and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism and various neurological disorders in children, adolescents, and adults to include learning and developmental disabilities, seizures, cerebral palsy, and neurogenetic disorders. Dr Bauman is the founding director of the LURIE CENTER, formally called LADDERS (Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services). Dr. Bauman also established The Autism Research Foundation (TARF), The Autism Research Consortium (TARC), and The Autism Treatment Network (ATN). She has also made significant laboratory research contributions in the neuroanatomical understanding of Autism.



27 & 28 November 2021

BIAC3 Winter 2021 – Balkan International Autism Conference


online from BELGRADE – SERBIA

endorsed by the World Autism Organisation

live streaming on Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th of November 2021

The conference language will be English and Serbian.

Over 2 days, and within a time frame of 18 hours,  presentations will be made by 17 distinguished speakers.

Registration is FREE for all Parents, Students, Professionals, Doctors, Researchers

For more information please visit our website and download the full program

Please register now and invite your friends to attend this conference.







FREE Webinar:  13 October 2021, 11 a.m. Eastern Time (U.S.)

Positive Behavioral Strategies for Supporting Individuals with Autism who also Experience Anxiety


Free webinar at 11 a.m. Eastern time (US), Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

Tune in to hear Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D. discuss positive behavioral strategies for supporting individuals with autism who also experience anxiety.

Free certificates of participation are available upon successful completion of a brief knowledge quiz after the webinar. The quiz will be added to the Autism Research Institute page once the event has concluded.  


About the speaker:

Lauren MoskowitzLauren Moskowitz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University and a core member of the School Psychology (Psy.D. and M.S.) programs. She earned her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. Dr. Moskowitz completed her clinical internship at NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU Child Study Center. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions(JPBI), serves as a peer reviewer for many other leading journals in the field, and was Co-Chair of the Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities (ASDD) SIG for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) from 2016-2018.






Webinar: 7/20/2021, 6 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.)

Autism Research: Nothing About Me Without Me


Tune in to hear Dr. Wenn Lawson discuss concepts of truly inclusive research in autism.

This webinar is offered in joint-providership by the Autism Research Institute – Link to Autism Research. Nothing about me without me. and the World Autism Organization. Free certificates of participation will be available upon successful completion of a brief knowledge quiz after the webinar.

About the speaker:

Psychologist, lecturer and author, Wenn Lawson, Ph.D., has run his own business for 22 yrs. Dr. Lawson is currently a Teaching Fellow with Birmingham University’s online Master’s autism course. He resides on the Autism Open Access board and the board for SEAL(Community College in Warrnambool, Australia), & the ICAN board, South West (Australia). He is a participant and advisor for Autism CRC, Australia and he has written numerous books (and papers) on ASC.





BIAC2 Summer 2021 – Balkan International Autism Congress

endorsed by the World Autism Organisation

Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th of July 2021 at Izmir Democracy University – TURKEY



Free registration was provided for all participants in our WAO-BIAC2 summer meeting.

This had been made possible with the great contributions of Izmir Democracy University and the support of supporting organizations. We would like to express our gratitude to Professor Bedriye Tunçsiper, the rector of Izmir Democracy University, for this. We would also like to thank our devoted scientists who made presentations at this congress without any charge.

We are very happy that we were able to achieve this in this difficult year, thanks to the beautiful people who supported us. In our community, a meeting with such a rich speaker participation has never been held for free. 






Webinar: 4/28/2021, 12 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation by Manuel Casanova, MD


Transcranial magnetic stimulation is among the first therapeutic interventions aimed at addressing some of the symptoms of autism.  Why use TMS? What are its limitations, and what have been its side effects?  Tune in to hear Manuel Casanova, MD, answer these questions and describe the future of this therapeutic intervention.

This webinar is offered in joint-providership by the Autism Research Institute the World Autism OrganizationFree certificates of participation will be available upon successful completion of a brief knowledge quiz after the webinar.

About the speaker:

Manuel Casanova

Manuel Casanova, MD, served on the founding board of the National Alliance for Autism Research (now Autism Speaks) and the Autism Tissue Board. He has served on the Board of Directors or Scientific Advisory Board of numerous organizations including the Autism Research Institute. His research has been recognized by a EUREKA award from the NIMH for the introduction of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in the therapy of autism spectrum disorders.





Inclusion in the Workplace:
Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World

Virtual Event: Thursday, 8 April 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EST/16:00 – 17:00 p.m. CET


The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and heightened glaring inequalities around the world, especially when it comes to income and wealth distribution, access to health care, protection under the law, and political inclusion. Persons with autism have long faced many of these inequalities, which have only been further exacerbated by the pandemic. It’s a problem made worse by long  recognized discriminatory hiring practices and workplace environments that present major obstacles for persons with autism; all of which contribute to the unemployment or severe underemployment of a large majority of adults on the autism spectrum.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in 2015 provide a blueprint for addressing the major challenges facing the world, including strategies for reducing inequalities that hinder prosperity for people and the planet. One of the aims of Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8) – Decent Work and Economic Growth – is to promote full and productive employment and decent work for all, including persons with disabilities. Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also recognizes “the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others,” and to a “work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.” 

Some employers have recently launched inclusive employment programmes, which  accommodate people with diagnoses of autism and related conditions, such as ADHD, OCD, etc., often referred to as neurodivergent persons. Based on the experience gained from these programmes, and motivated by the desire to both be socially responsible and to gain a competitive advantage by benefitting from the skills and abilities of a more diverse talent pool, an increasing number of employers are now creating  models to make the workplace and hiring practices more inclusive generally. 

The pandemic has undoubtedly impacted the efforts of companies to implement these new models, at a time when the international economy is undergoing the worst economic recession since the great depression, with the loss of hundreds of millions of jobs. At the same time, new ways of working, including remote working and the use of new technologies, have created opportunities for employees on the autism spectrum that previously found it difficult to thrive in traditional workplace environments.

The 2021 World Autism Awareness Day observance will address these issues through a virtual event that will include moderated panel discussions with individuals on the autism spectrum who have themselves experienced the challenges and seen these new opportunities in the employment market.

The event is organized by the UN Department of Global Communications and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Specialisterne Foundation. 

As presented at the 2015 UN observance of World Autism Awareness Day, the mission of the Specialisterne Foundation is to leverage knowledge gained from the employment of autistic persons to support the creation of meaningful and fulfilling employment for one million persons, in a world where there are equal opportunities for all in the labour market.

Event Programme Overview

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:13 a.m. PANEL 1: Disparities and Discrimination Exposed by the Pandemic 

10:33 a.m. PANEL 2: Ensuring Inclusion as we Build Back Better 

10:53 a.m. Closing Remarks

Event Registration



Assistive Technology Industries Conference (ATIA):

January / February 2021:


SPECIAL EVENT:  Thursday, 12 November 2020, 10h00 – 15h00 UTC/IST/GMT

A very moving, informative and entertaining online conference commemorating the life and work of the late, great autism specialist, Theo Peeters.
Theo changed the way we think about autism.
Profoundly compassionate, he emphasised the importance of understanding people on the autism spectrum ‘from within’: the need to empathise with autistic people by recognising the ‘culture of autism’.

Adam Feinstein will be speaking, together with Rita Jordan and Hilde de Clercq,
about their friendship with Theo and his immense influence in understanding and educating autistic individuals.

Here is the link to register (feel free to share it with friends and colleagues):




2020:  KOSOVO International Conference (WAO endorsed)


Date:  27 – 29 Nov 2020;  Place:  Prishtina – KOSOVO

Invited Speakers:

The Conference Programme and other pertinent information may be accessed here:

NOTE:  The presentations will be available to view afterwards for those who have registered and paid!


The WAO  GENERAL ASSEMBLY   will also take place ONLINE at the end of the Conference, on 29 November at 15h00 UTC/IST/GMT.
Send an email to  with your name, phone number, country and email address to request the Join Meeting code.

Everyone can take part in the meeting but only members can vote.