The AWETISM 2021 virtual expo is a free event targeted at Autistic and neurodivergent students both primary and secondary, who are aware of their Autism diagnosis.

Now in it’s seventh year, our expo showcases the awe-inspiring talents of Autistic students by giving them a platform to present on their unique passions, theories and skills.
It also provides opportunities to build meaningful career pathways for Autistic adults and school leavers.

I CAN Network employs Autistic adults to deliver mentoring programs, insights and professional development workshops in schools, workplaces and online.

With 79 staff, 63 are Autistic mentoring over 2000 Autistic individuals nation-wide, I CAN has grown into Australia’s largest Autistic-led organisation. I CAN School® mentoring directly empowers Autistic students with optimism, belonging, self-acceptance, pride and confidence. Our annual expo celebrates Autistic young people and we hope you can join us to do so. If you would like to know more about I CAN visit our website at: icannetwork.online

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• 82 I CAN School® Programs Featured. • 10 I CAN Online Interest Group Webinars & Live Q&A’s.

• 20 Exhibition Booths: Featuring Specialist Sponsors & Partners.

• All Day Specialist Presentations including I CAN Student Talks.

• Lounge Area for Interactive Support Workshops.

• Employment Pathways & Opportunites. • Scavenger Hunt -Find the “Quokka” to win!

• Quizzes & Surveys • A Leaderboard Challenge with Prizes.

• Take-home ResourceS & All Day Live Chat.


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 our virtual foyer where 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.

I CAN ONLINE AUDITORIUM

This year we are dedicating a whole audirotium to our I CAN Online program. Our program has grown over 300% over the last few years and these showcases are a celebration of the success stories which have developed from the mentoring.

The I CAN Online groups are designed for Autistic children, teens & young adults and cover numerous topics including but not limited to: self esteem, change, transitions, Autistic identity, self-care, relaxation, stress, strengths and many more topics that change on a rotating basis. These groups offer a safe space for participants to connect with peers who they can relate to due to shared experiences. We hope you enjoy the videos and we hope to see you in 2022.

MINECRAFT

9:30am

Minecraft Group Presentation by Cody, Edmund & Mason = 14.35

9:45am

Minecraft Group Presentation by Aiden, Lara & Pip = 6.50

9:52am - 10:00am

BREAK

POKEMON

10:00am

Pokemon Group Presentation by Belle, Harper, Ruby & Eban = 9.47

10:10am

Pokemon by Jettlyn = 4.44

10:15am

Pokemon by Riley = 1.48

10:17am - 10:25am

BREAK

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

10:25am

Dungeons & Dragons Group Presentation by Jordan, Madeline & Chloe = 10.15

10:36am - 10:50am

BREAK

DINOSAURS

10:50am

Dinosaurs by CT = 3.24

10:54am

Dinosaurs by Jack = 5.11

11:00am

Dinosaurs Group Presentation by Thomas & Anders = 6.31

11:07am - 11:25am

BREAK

AFL

11:25am

AFL by Ethan = 1:47

11:27am

AFL by Caitlin = 4:56

11:32am

AFL by Rowan = 4.05

11:37am - 11:45am

BREAK

ANIME

11:45am

ANIME by Flynn = 4:45

11:50am

ANIME by Ella = 1.41

11:52am

ANIME by Evan = 3.45

11:55am - 12:10pm

BREAK

DRAWING & ART

12:10pm

Drawing & Art Group Presentation by Cass, Bailey & Mia = 7.09

12:18pm

Drawing & Art by Rosie = 4:13

12:23pm - 12:30pm

BREAK

12:30pm - 1:30pm

FEATURED CONTENT - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

INSIGHTS FOR EDUCATORS FROM AN ALL-AUTISTIC PANEL

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

Autism Education Expert - Dr Emma Goodall

I CAN Regional Manager Northern Victoria - Kate Andrews

I CAN Mentor - Lana Wheatfill

1:46pm - 2:00pm

BREAK

STAR WARS

2:00pm

Star Wars Group Presentation by Thomas, Dylan, Isaac, Nishan & Raf = 7.32

2:08pm

Star Wars by Iris = 1.56

HARRY POTTER

2:20pm

Harry Potter Group Presentation by Morgan, Emma, Poppy & Austin = 10.12

2:31pm

Harry Potter by Finn = 2.48

2:34pm - 2:40pm

BREAK

MARVEL

2:40pm

Marvel by Joshua = 2.09

2:53pm - 3:00pm

BREAK

LGBTIQA+

2:45pm

Group Presentation by Emiko, Paige & Ethan = 12:14

3:00pm - 4:00pm

FEATURED CONTENT – SUPPORTING AUTISTIC LGBTIQA+ YOUNG PEOPLE

Sam Rose - I CAN Network Leader

“I wanted to become an I CAN mentor so that I could be someone I needed when I was in high school.” Since joining our team last year, Sam has become “that someone” for so many Autistic mentees by helping them feel understood, accepted and celebrated. Sam is also an integral part of our efforts to provide meaningful support for Queer (LGBTIQA+) Autistic young people.

3:49pm - 4:10pm

LIVE Q&A WITH SAM ROSE

FEATURED CONTENT – UNDERSTANDING AND EMPOWERING YOUR AUTISTIC STUDENTS

4:10PM - 5:00PM

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

Author & Ambassador - Tim Chan

I CAN Regional Manager Northern Victoria - Kate Andrews

I CAN Mentor’s - Lana Wheatfill, Kyal Kay, Caitlin Downie Kempson, Sam Rose, Ayesha Carson

6:00PM - 7:10PM

EVENING SESSION

I CAN NETWORK ZOOM SESSION WITH PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY

TIM RICHARDSON (NO LIVE Q&A)

10 Victorian students discuss how they got through Lockdown with Tim Richardson MP, State Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools.

I CAN SCHOOLS AUDITORIUM

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

9.00AM - 9.006AM AEDT

Opening Address from Chris Varney, Founder and Chief Enabling Officer, I CAN Network

9.06AM AEDT

Keynote by The Hon. James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers - 5:13

9:11:13 AEDT

Keynote by Tom, Parade College Preston student, presenting ‘Tom’s Urban Farm: a passion project during Lockdown’ - 10:08

9.22AM AEDT

Live Q&A with Chris Varney, Founder/ CEO, I CAN Network Ltd - 8:00

9.52AM – 9.58AM AEDT

Keynote The A List by Co-Founders Nicole Gamerov and Bianca Shapiro - 6:03

10.00AM – 10.15AM AEDT

Live Q&A with The A List Co-Founders Nicole Gamerov and Bianca Shapiro.

10.36AM – 10.41AM AEDT

Keynote from the Assistant Deputy Secretary Scott Widmer the Victorian Department of Education and Training

10.41AM – 10.56AM AEDT

Live Q&A with Assistant Deputy Secretary Scott Victorian Department of Education and Training

11.07AM – 11.12AM AEDT

Ms Jessica Feary, Coordinator Victoria and Tasmania, Positive Partnerships - 4:48

11.12AM – 11.27AM AEDT

Live Q&A with Ms Jessica Feary, Coordinator Victoria and Tasmania, Positive Partnerships

11.37AM – 11.42AM AEDT

Mr Jim Mullan, CEO, Amaze Inc

11.42AM – 11.57AM AEDT

Live Q&A with Mr Jim Mullan, CEO, Amaze Inc


Meet some of our I CAN Mentees from our I CAN Schools Program throughout Victoria and Queensland. These videos below can be viewed at any time, on demand.


MELBOURNE

John Paul College I CAN Program Showcase by Riley, Alanna, Hannah, Ryley, Stirling, Adhvay, Emily and Jayden- 4:43

Boronia K-12 College I CAN Program Showcase by Andrew, Cat and Deakin = 9.20

St Bede’s College Bentleigh East I CAN Program Showcase by Xavier and Patrick = 8.30

St Bede’s College Mentone I CAN Program Showcase by Luke = 4.40

Mt Lilydale Mercy College I CAN Program Showcase by Kaitlyn = 0.56

Parkdale Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Olivia, Daniel, Karla, Adon, Jack and Cass = 6.39

Parkdale Secondary College - Adon Cooks! = 1.38

William Ruthven Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Kristian = 3.39

Aquinas College I CAN Program Showcase by Amelia, Sophie, Hudson and Kath = 5.25

Cranbourne Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Seth and Lucas = 4.34

Alkira Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Ethan - 3:25

NORTHERN VICTORIA

Euroa Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Elliot and Kent - 3:53

Northern Victoria Mentor Team by Tom, TJ and Nick - 9:44

Kyabram Inter-School Program I CAN Program Showcase by Lara - 1:23

Numurkah Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Nathan, Ethan and Iri - 2:59

SOUTH WEST VICTORIA

Mercy Regional College Camperdown I CAN Program Showcase by Jaron and Tiffany - 6:10

QUEENSLAND

Capalaba State College I CAN Program Showcase by Jack, Madi and Bella -10:41

Bray Park State High School I CAN Program Showcase by Luke, Caleb and Jacob - 2:35

Indooroopilly State High School I CAN Program Showcase by Hannah, Kit, Georgia Rae, Boyd, Clay, Finn and Amy -10:25

Foxwell State Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Ryder, Blake, Jasper, Perry, Freyja, Texas and Beau - 12:14

Redcliffe State High School I CAN Program Showcase by Kassidy and Jordan 4:46

Kelvin Grove State College I CAN Program Showcase by Grace and Tashrir - 9:50

Caboolture State High School I CAN Girls’ Group Program Showcase by Julia, Natasha and Lily - 7:29

Dakabin State High School I CAN Program Showcase by Lachlan - 2:41

Woodcrest State College I CAN Program Showcase by Benjamin, Ethan and Xander - 7:22

Burpengary State Secondary College I CAN Program Showcase by Stephen, Maya and Hunter - 6:49

After discussions with partnering organisations, students, staff and educators there is overwhelming need to support the mental health of students, especially at this time. This year we are focusing on promoting the mental health of students and the family unit.

To do this, we are bringing together a specific group of organisations and providers to assist our participants to offer vital support and encouragement to familes during this truly challenging time.

We are also asking “ What can you say I CAN to?” to invite students and participants to tell the world about their individual strengths and passions so they’re reminded of what they love and what they can control at this uncertain time. What makes them happy? What achievements have they made? What do they strive to do in their future?

“I CAN be myself without judgement.
I CAN have fun.
I CAN make friends who understand me
I CAN forget about being instantly labelled incorrectly.”

I CAN Online Mentee (10), NSW

The event networks Autistic and neurodivergent students, their families and support networks with educational staff and employment professionals in a celebration of the unique strengths of Australia’s Autistic youth. The stories told will tug at your heart strings and make you laugh out loud. You might also learn a new fact or two!

We would love to hear what you can say I CAN to by sending us your written or video pledges: marketing@icannetwork.com.au We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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 12 December 2021. 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 12 December 2021. 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 2021 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 12, we have decided to keep registrations open all the way up to December 12 so everyone has a chance to access the amazing videos and resources available at AWETISM 2021.