Autism in Adulthood: Building understanding, engagement and neurodiversity-affirming practice

This course includes engaging activities, videos, helpful content, blog posts and regular tutorials. 


The course offers a unique lived experience perspective and looks at a range of topics:


Identity and autistic pride

mental health

The neurodiversity paradigm 

Independent living

If you are working with Autistic adults in the fields of allied health, education, psychology, health, or disability support, and want to know more around building understanding, engagement and neuro-affirming practices, this short course is a perfect choice for you.

In a nutshell...

Structure: Self-paced

Duration: 10 weeks


Course dates – 29th July – 18th October


Workload: 2-3 hours per week. Three assessment tasks (for Masters in Autism students)


Qualification: Students who complete full course with assessments are eligible to apply for an elective credit in UOW/s Master of Autism.


Download Course Outline here for further information


The online tutorial sessions for this subject will take place 4:30pm-6:00pm – 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 4 October, 18 October


 You will receive access to the learning platform 1 week prior to commencing. Download Course Outline 

About the Presenter

Yenn Purkis is an Autistic and ADHD author, presenter and consultant. They are also non-binary and asexual. Yenn is the author of 17 published books on elements of autism and has given presentations all over the world including for TEDx Canberra twice. Yenn is a leading autistic advocate and has been working to support change for neurodivergent people since 2005.

Course Learning Outcomes


On completion of this course students will:


♦  Gain insight and confidence around working / communicating with autistic adults.


♦  Identify the sorts of challenges which autistic adults can face.


♦  Understand the importance and implications of the neurodiversity paradigm for autistic adults and what      self-advocacy means.


♦  Understand the concept of autistic pride, autistic culture and autistic identity.


♦  Understand the implications of different communication styles.


♦  Understand some of the strengths and challenges for autistic adults in the workplace.


♦  Understand considerations around autism and gender diversity.

University credit

Individuals enrolled in UOW’s Master of Autism who complete the full course and assessments can apply for 6cp of credit for an elective upon completion of this course.


Eligibility for course

This course is open to all Professionals, University students or individuals who have a passion for this topic.

Payments & Registration


$640 (non-assessed enrolment) 

$740 (assessed enrolment)

Payment is due at the time of enrolment in the course, either through credit card payment or via invoice.  

You can register to study the Professional Short Course on Autism in Adulthood here.

Places are limited for each intake, and registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.   



If you require any further information, please contact and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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