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Virtual conference on access to education (available from June 8 @ 8:00 am to July 3 @ 11:30 pm)

From 8 June – 3 July, the conference will provide all interested stakeholders across Europe with the opportunity to learn about the teacher education curriculum and training materials in relation to autism developed in the framework of the ASD-EAST project.

The conference will also be an opportunity to present Autism-Europe’s recommendations on access to education based on its large EU-survey conducted in 2019. In the context of Autism-Europe’s World Autism Awareness Day campaign, the conference will shed light on how to inform and raise awareness about access to quality inclusive education (including to university and vocational training) for autistic people. The conference will be launched on ASD-EAST’s website and will be available in English.

If you would like to hear about the ASD-East project’s findings and have the opportunity to discuss issues with people who support children with autism in education, you can register for the conference organised by Autism-Europe here.

Full programme

Welcome and Introduction – Harald Neerland, President of Autism-Europe

Message from MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos

Message from MEP Miriam Dalli

Part 1) Discovering the ASD-EAST project
Introduction to the project – Dr David Preece, University of Northampton

ASD-EAST Identifying teachers’ training needs – Dr David Preece, University of Northampton

ASD EAST curriculum and training materials – Dr Ivana Lessner Listiakova, University of Northampton

Evaluations findings – Dr Ivana Lessner Listiakova, University of Northampton

Teacher testimonials – What are my impressions of ASD-EAST training? – Biljana Sterjadovska-Stojcevska (Special educator and rehabilitator)

Policy recommendations – Catherine Canil, Autism-Europe

Part 2) General recommendations to foster access to education for autistic learners and related initiatives

Autism-Europe’s recommendation on promoting access to inclusive education – Aurélie Baranger, Autism-Europe

Introduction to the Train-ASD projectChristine Syriopoulou, University of Macedonia


An online discussion forum will be available for participants to post comments and questions – moderators: Dr David Preece and Dr Ivana Lessner Listiakova


Feedback and certificates – Participants will be invited to fill in an evaluation form and will receive a certificate of completion

About the ASD-EAST Project:

The ASD-EAST project is an Erasmus+ project which aims to support specialist teachers in Croatia, Poland and the Republic of North Macedonia in addressing the inclusion of children with autism in education, by providing them with appropriate skills, knowledge, effective strategies and locally-appropriate training.