9th National Autism Symposium


9th National Autism Symposium


3-5 September: Online access to webinars of your choice in your own time. 6 September: Online panel discussions of topics and questions received from delegates who accessed webinars.7 September: In-person event, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus

The National Autism Symposium is a unique, annual event established as a platform for healthcare professionals, educators, social workers, autistic adults, and parents to share evidence-based and practice-based evidence on autism and co-occurring disorders and conditions. The event also serves as a networking opportunity to foster change at clinical, family, and community levels in South Africa. Join us for a one-day in-person event and additional virtual engagements at our annual Autism Symposium.  We will celebrate possibilities by exploring innovative approaches and uniting diverse perspectives in autism support and research. The collaborative event is currently the only event in the country.


Call for abstracts

You are invited to submit your abstract for a presentation at the 9th National Autism Symposium. The organisers welcome abstracts for scientific research presentations, clinical innovation, skills development and workshops.
The event will be a one-day in-person event and a variety of online webinars to choose from.

The target audience is Researchers, Healthcare clinicians, Parents, Educators, Social workers, Autistic adults and anyone with an interest in Autism. We also welcome abstracts from neurodiverse adults, including autistic adults and persons with other neurodevelopmental conditions.
We encourage interactive and collaborative submissions that focus on lively discussions and practical applications. In addition, we are seeking compassionate approaches to autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and/or child and adolescent mental health that have an empirical evidence base.


Submission guidelines

Submit your abstract in Word format via e-mail to 24283088@nwu.ac.za  with the subject line Abstract submission and your name.

Please include the following important information in your proposal:

  • Name, e-mail address, landline, and mobile number.
  • The title of the workshop presentation should not exceed 20 words.
  • State how the workshop presentation topic relates to the theme.
  • Please state your title, occupation, affiliation and interest in autism, neurodevelopment disorders and/or child and adolescent mental health.
  • An outline of the workshop presentation slides.
  • The workshop proposal should not exceed 300 words.
  • Please include a presenter biography


Submission closing date is 18 July 2024

The organising team will communicate the final workshop selections by 25 July 2024. Presenters must register by 30 July 2024. If you need any further information, contact IPWinfo@nwu.ac.za or 018 299 1737.
We look forward to receiving your workshop proposal!