It’s my absolute delight that Singapore will be the host country for the 2019 Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC).

This is the first time APAC will be held outside Australia since its inception in 2009. 

As President of the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) which is the hosting organization for this conference, I am honoured to chair the organising committee with our esteemed partners, the conference convenors:  the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other pioneer members of the Autism Network Singapore - Autism Association Singapore, AWWA Limited, Rainbow Centre and St Andrew’s Autism Centre.

The theme of the 2019 APAC conference is “Thriving with Autism”.  It will be held from the 18 to 22 June 2019 (18-19 June for pre-conference workshops and learning journeys and 20-22 June for the main conference).

The conference will continue its mission to bring together the international autism community to share the latest findings and practices from around the world. 

Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2019 aims to:

  • Present the latest developments that will improve the quality of life for individuals on the spectrum and their families, as they work to thrive in resiliency, self-fulfilment, independence and well-being.
  • Celebrate the strengths, interests and talents of people on the autism spectrum.
  • Highlight the experiences and insights of people on the autism spectrum, their families, caregivers and advocates.
  • Extend the current knowledge, research and practice to embrace autism as neurodiversity, a condition with challenges but also with many strengths and talents.

Our list of distinguished international speakers represents a cross section of the autism community, including people on the spectrum, family members, researchers and practitioners. They include, among many more:

  • Professor Patricia Howlin, United Kingdom,
  • Dr Peter Vermeulen, Belgium,
  • Professor Christine Bigby, Australia,
  • Dr Damian Milton, United Kingdom,
  • Professor Mark Brosnan, United Kingdom


I am confident that you will find valuable insights from the many presentations, workshops and panel discussions being planned. I hope you will renew existing and develop new friendships from your participation.

Do reserve your seat in the conference early.

On behalf of the Conference Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the APAC in Singapore in June 2019. It will be an autism conference in Asia Pacific like never before. 


Yours sincerely,

Denise Phua,
Chair, APAC 2019 Organising Committee,
President, Autism Resource Centre (Singapore)


1 October 2018 - Call for Papers Open

1 November 2018 - Registration Opens

17 December 2018 - Call for Papers Close

End January 2019 - Notification of Acceptance

15 March 2019 - Early Bird Registration Closes


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