Autism Awareness Conference
Macau, April 20th - 24th 2020
The conference target and subject is to inform and exchange information, research and best practices on autism. It
shall also enhance the awareness of autism in the Greater Bay area including Macau, Guangdong Province and Hong
Kong. Additionally we want to enable children and adults with autism and any kind of intellectual disability to develop
their innate skills and self-esteem in an environment which is inclusive and supportive. The key word here is “enable”.
We don’t try to fit square pegs into round holes. We just believe that everyone has abilities, a different ability and there
is an extraordinary range of opportunities to show these. We invite the world to come to Macau and experience this
This conference is unique and the biggest of its kind in Asia. Besides professionals of the conference spectrum, we invite
local students, teachers, associations, corporates, families and especially people with autism to learn and witness what
autism means. Our desire is to enhance the awareness of autism and show it doesn’t mean the end of the world. We
actively involve people with autism and any kind of intellectual disability, encouraging to speak up and show how they
can also make a difference in live.
Sport teaches essential values and skills including self-confidence, teamwork, communication, inclusion, education,
respect and fair play neither requiring the necessity of speaking a certain language nor demanding characteristics
such as skin colour or intellectual ability to perform it. Sport is just about connecting people disregarding any differing
appearance or mindset. So does Art and Music help in communicating and expressing feelings, thoughts and fears but
also hope and joy. With our wide variety of workshops – it’s the local community that opens up and makes the inclusion
process work into the right direction.
Raising a child with autism or any kind of intellectual disability can be a rewarding, but daunting and exhausting task.
There are many appointments to keep. The process of finding and funding the needed support services can easily
overwhelm families. Family members must cope with the stress of witnessing their loved one’s daily struggles with
self-care, social interactions, and education. Furthermore, family members live with the knowledge that there will be
no end in sight for these struggles. Finally, family members must also face their own troubling emotional reactions.
Grief, resentment, disappointment, and frustration are commonly experienced. But raising a child with autism brings
its gifts along with its challenges. Therefore we invite families to share their experience in order to encourage others.
Fortunately, local schools and universities are strongly involved, joining and hosting parts of the conference. Workshops
were set up by the students, also taking responsibility towards people with autism and intellectual disabilities. The
partnerships with educational institutes serve as an example of efforts made regarding inclusive education meeting
our ideas. Besides proclaiming the policy that every student is given the appropriate support academically, emotionally
and socially to become the best that they can be – teaching professionals and social workers are one of our main target
group for case studies and skill enhancement.
#THROWBACK - International Conference – Parenting & Education 2019 - a sucess for knowledge and interaction
The Conference – Parenting and Education of People with ID reached another milestone. 25 keynote speakers from around the world shared their thoughts and expertise with audience members from more than 28 countries and regions. The Conference was deemed both a successful knowledge sharing experience and an enjoyably interactive one.
Rather than resting on the laurels of this year’s success, Mr. Paulo Azevedo, Co-founder of the organising Charity Association of Macau Business Readers, spoke of the future.
“We’re looking forward to hosting the 2020 Conference with another high profile and international speaker panel as well as an audience bringing together local society and people with intellectual disabilities from all over the world,” he said. “It’s time to share experiences, to know how challenges can be overcome and - most importantly - to strive for better integration practices.”