MacART 2nd annual autism research stakeholder symposium

MacART held its 2nd annual symposium on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at McMaster Innovation Park. This year’s symposium theme was “Rethinking Autism Training” and our keynote speaker was Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Co-Director of the Autism Research Centre in Edmonton, Alberta and leader of the national Autism Research Training Program. This year’s theme was a topic ripe for innovation, and is sure to produce excellent discussions leading to the identification of stakeholder priorities related to autism training!

With 250 stakeholders joining us, both the venue and the agenda were packed! We were pleased to welcome speakers from our stakeholder organizations (Autism Ontario, Autism Speaks, CASDA), local school boards, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and many of our supporters from McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences. We were also very excited to have group breakout sessions led by Dr. Sean Park (McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences), a leader in design thinking methodology.  We will be using the feedback generated in these breakout sessions to create a ‘training manifesto’ to determine ways we can towards improving autism services, supports, and training through collaboration and innovation.

Thank you very much to all of our supporters, speakers, attendees, and volunteers for a successful day. Stay tuned for the videos and reports that will come from this exciting event! 

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