FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20th - 9:00AM to 8:00PM AEDT

AWETISM 2020 Virtual Expo is a free event targeted at Autistic students both primary and secondary, who are aware of their Autism diagnosis. The Expo will showcase the awe-inspiring talents of Autistic students (aged 9-20-years-old) by giving them a platform to present on their unique passions, theories and skills. AWETISM 2020 will also provide an opportunity to expose Autistic students to companies building meaningful career pathways for Autistic adults.

WHAT WILL I SEE?

  • 50 I CAN TALKS - Presentations by Autistic students from all over Australia.
  • 4 PANEL DISCUSSIONS with Featured Guests.
  • 20 EXHIBITON BOOTHS from our supporters and partners.
  • I CAN SHOWCASES of our regions to build our I CAN communities.
  • INTEREST GROUP SESSIONS, QUIZZES, A SCAVENGER HUNT with PRIZES!
  • ALL DAY live discussions and take-home resources.

Once you register you will be given your own personal Login In details to access the event from your computer, tablet or phone. You will enter a virtual foyer just like entering a real expo. There you will be able to choose which sessions you attend, areas you explore and people you interact with. Each session will be supervised by qualified I CAN Ltd staff.



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ABOUT I CAN NETWORK

I CAN Network employs Autistic adults to deliver mentoring programs, insights and professional development workshops in schools, workplaces and online. With 38 Autistic staff mentoring 1,500 Autistic individuals nation-wide, I CAN Network has grown into Australia’s largest Autistic-led organisation. Since 2014, I CAN Network has partnered with over 120 primary and secondary school leadership teams to develop inclusive school cultures. I CAN School® mentoring directly empowers Autistic students with optimism, belonging, self-acceptance, pride and confidence. Together we prove what Autistics CAN do.

I CAN Network’s AWETISM Expo is in its sixth year but this is our first virtual one! We hope to see you there!

Visit our website for more information: www.icannetwork.com.au

I CAN TALKS

DAY SESSIONS (Times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
9:00am

I CAN Founder and Chief Enabling Officer (CEO) Chris Varney Opening Expo.

9:05am

Victorian Minister for Education - The Hon James Merlino MP

9:10am

Keynote Speaker I CAN Mentor - Max Williams

9:15am 9:30Am

Live Q&A with Max Williams & Chris Varney

9:30am 10:30am

Student Presentations
ALL ABOUT ANIMALS
The Power of Animal Connection - Summer Farrelly

Animals help Autistics - Shadia Hancock

The Wonders of Poultry - Tom Montgomery-Scobie

Axolotls are AWESOME! - Cassie Martinelli-Walsh

Save The Whales! - Gabriel James

Caring For My Guinea-Pigs - Emily Godfrey

Educating about Peafowl - Veronica Weber

10:30am 10:40Am

BREAK

10:40am 11:30am

Student Presentations
ART & ANIMATION
Art and Woodwork - Zalie Copeland

Autistic Aboriginal Artist - Narmi Collins-Widders

Charlie By Art - Charlie Jackman

Digital Artworks - Charles Robertson

Inspirational Creativity - Alanna Webb

The Art of Animation - John Hoare

11:30am 11:40Am

BREAK

11:40am 12:30Pm

Student Presentations
MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS
Not Just Smart - Harmonie Larsen 
Unique, Creative, and Expressive Dance - Lauren (Lozz) Anderson 
I Love Everything Theatrical - Charlotte Taylor 
Acting.... the autistic way - Florence Penny 
Musical Theatre - Jade Cuskelly 
Share Your Awesomeness - Tully Derkley-Roberston 
Never Never Stop Trying - Paddy Murphy 
Pop Punk Rocks - Jarvis Niewand 
I Love Pentatonix! - Summer Halford 

12:30pm 1:10pm

I CAN WORKPLACE FORUM

Facilitator - I CAN Melbourne Regional Manager - Jenni Montgomery

I CAN Deputy CEO - Tiffany Mumford

I CAN Regional Manager Queensland - Bree Huggins

ANZ Spectrum Program - Andrew Baird

1:10Pm 1:30Pm

Live Q&A - I CAN Workplace Forum

1:30pm 2:30pm

Student Presentations

GREAT MINDS & AUTISTIC STRENGTHS

My Magnificent Memory - Mackenzie Savva 
My Best Self - Ashton Palazzi 
Autism is Powerful - Jessica Ramsden 
Recent Discoveries in Science - Liam Grech
Radio Connecting Us - Thomas de Mamiel 
How COVID Killed Cash: Society’s Transition to Digital Payment Methods - Samuel Abramson
Making Sensory Fidgets - Kai Seymon 
Foods That I Enjoy Cooking - Emily McCann 

2:30pm 3:30pm

Student Presentations

COLLECTIONS & GETTING AROUND

Nerf Blasters - Preston Vaccaro 
Furbys - Penny Pickersgill
Lego is Legendary - Joshua Caplan 
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Christine Smith 
Public Transport Adventures - Laurie Tod 
Trains & Thomas The Tank Engine - Kristian Petersen 
Bus Network Update - AJ Martinelli-Walsh 

3:30Pm 4:10Pm

I CAN ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Facilitator - I CAN Founder and Chief Enabling Officer (CEO) Chris Varney 

Autism Education Expert - Dr Emma Goodall

I CAN Regional Manager Goulburn Murray - Kate Andrews

I CAN Mentor - Lana Wheatfill

4:10Pm 4:30Pm

Live Q&A - I CAN Online Professional Development Workshop

4:30Pm 4:40Pm

Keynote Speaker I CAN Network Leader - Sam Rose

4:40Pm 5:00Pm

Live Q&A with Sam Rose

EVENING SESSIONS (Times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
6:00pm

I CAN Chair - Patricia Winney Opens Evening Session

6:05pm 6:10pm

Keynote Speaker I CAN Program Representative Queensland - James Cifuentes

6:10pm 6:50pm

PARENT FORUM - FRESH START FOR 2021

I CAN Trainee Mentor - Jake Holland

I CAN Regional Manager South West - Kate Meade

I CAN Mentor - Kristie Murden

Autism Education Expert - Dr Emma Goodall

6:50Pm 7:05Pm

Live Q&A - Parent Forum

7:05pm 7:40pm

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE FORUM

I CAN Ambassador, Author and Autism Advocate - Tim Chan

Advocate, Author and Presenter - Yenn Purkis

Psychologist & Expert on Autism - Dr Wenn Lawson

Award Winning Writer - Steve Silberman (U.S.A)

I CAN Founder and Chief Enabling Officer (CEO) Chris Varney

7:40Pm 8:00Pm

Live Q&A - Changing the Narrative Forum and closing remarks from
Julia Wake, Non-Executive Director, I CAN Network Ltd.

I CAN SHOWCASES

Our I CAN SHOWCASE feature stories of trainee mentors, mentors and student
mentees. Stories of how they have grown through the I CAN program and how their
understanding of being Autistic has developed as a result.
The I CAN SHOWCASE sessions are targeted at audiences who would like to
partner with the I CAN Regional Manager local to them, including schools, parents
and students and allied health professionals.

9:30am - 10:30am AEDTI CAN GOULBURN MURRAY


Refers to I CAN staff and face-to-face programs across northern Victoria spanning from Shepparton to Echuca.

Keynote Speaker - Kitarna Drury-Smith

LIVE Q&A - 10:00AM - 10:30AM AEDT

10:30am - 11:30am AEDTI CAN SOUTH WEST


Refers to I CAN staff and face-to-face programs across Victoria's South West Coast from Colac to Portland.

LIVE Q&A - 11:00AM - 11:30AM AEDT

11:30am - 12:30pm AEDTI CAN GREATER MELBOURNE


Refers to I CAN staff and face-to-face programs across the entire Greater Melbourne metropolitan area.

LIVE Q&A - 12:15PM - 12:30PM AEDT

12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDTSTUDENT PRESENTATIONSGAMING

Gaming Design - Kyle Stanton 
The problems with Gaming - Jake Holland 
Geometry Dash - Theo Fisher-Rogers 
Pokemon Is Memorable - Frankie Salomone 
The Lore of the Splatoon Games - Elliott McMullen 
AUTCRAFT is AUT-SOME! - Lucah Liebenberg 
Team Fortress 2 - Sebastian Rodriguez 

1:30pm - 2:30pm AEDTSTUDENT PRESENTATIONSSPORT

Karate  - Elliot Paterson
AFL - Baelan Coutts
Football is Fabulous!!! - Christien Blanshard McIntosh 
Dunking on Stereotypes - Jordan Schwalger 
Wilt Chamberlain Rocks! - Joshua Valdes 

2:30pm - 3:30pm AEDTI CAN QUEENSLAND


Refers to I CAN staff and face-to-face programs and school online programs for more remote schools. The region welcomes schools from all over Queenland.

Assistant Director-General Department of Education Queensland - Deb Dunstone

LIVE Q&A - 3:10PM - 3:30PM AEDT

EXHIBITORS



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TESTIMONIALS

Kyla
Deputy Principal, Coburg North Primary School

"I CAN celebrates diverse thinking and provides the skills for autistic students to have a voice."

I CAN Mentee
Who thanked I CAN for being able to present at the Expo.

"I probably wouldn’t of been able to do my speech at the expo if i hadn’t joined this program."

Jake
I CAN Network Mentee

"Before the I CAN program, I never thought I’d meet anyone like me. It makes me happy"

Nick
I CAN Mentee

"We do fun activities and just support each other. It’s like another family"

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We would love for you to participate! As part of your registration your parent/carer will just need to read and accept our ICT Acceptable Usage Policy and provide their email address.
Of course, everyone is welcome.
Yes, absolutely. I CAN Network at events@icannetwork.com.au can provide you with text, templates and a risk management plan to help your school facilitate attendance at the Expo as an incursion for participating students.
https://zoom.us/ is a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the Expo. Simply click on the links provided to you once you have registered to access sessions you would like to attend.
The Expo is open to anyone inside or outside Australia with Zoom access.
You will need an email address, access to the internet and a device - e.g. smart phone, tablet or computer.
Yes, you can log in and out as you would any other site.
No, pre recorded content will form part of the content available but no recording will take place during the Expo itself.
Once you join a session ‘Zoom’ will prompt you to make a decision on how you would like to participate, eg. via video and audio or only audio. You are also able to change the name that appears.
Pre-recorded Expo content will be available for those who have registered for the event until the 20 December 2020. The interactive live sessions from the Expo day will not be recorded.
The expo will be live for one month following the event up until 20 December 2020. The pre recorded videos will be available for viewing but the interactive sessions from the day will not be available as they are not recorded. Promotional and resource materials will still be available.
At I CAN Network, we respect an individual’s right to identify themselves as they prefer (e.g. “i am Autistic,” “i have Autism,” “i am on the Spectrum). As an organisation, we proudly use identity first language (e.g. “Autistic”) in our print and online materials as well as in presentations and events to reflect our belief that Autism is a core part of who we are as individuals. Likewise, as an organisation, we use the term "Autism" over "ASD". These terms are overwhelmingly, though not universally, preferred by the Autistic community.
Thank you! You can learn more about our Autistic-led services on our website: www.icannetwork.com.au To receive the latest information about special events, programs and opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter. Donations to support our pioneering work can be made here.
Your AWETISM 2020 login will be the email you included in your registration form. Once you have submitted your registration form you will receive a confirmation email with your login details. It is important to note that emails are used to create the Expo login and thus need to be unique to each registration.
Absolutely, just keep in mind that emails are used to create the expo login and thus need to be unique to each registration. If you are also registering yourself or multiple children, each registration will need its own email.
Only if they are sharing the same computer. Whilst registrations can log in and out as much as they like over the course of the day, they can only be logged in one at a time. We would recommend you register each of your children separately - with three separate emails.
Even though the event itself is held on November 20, we have decided to keep registrations open all the way up to December 19 so everyone has a chance to access the amazing videos and resources available at AWETISM 2020.