Four Journeys, One Moment

Join us online for an event unlike any other

Saturday 15 August, 8:50am – 4:30pm AEST (GMT+10)
Presenters: Prof. Temple Grandin, Ron Suskind, Chloe Maxwell and Chris Bonnello
Tickets: $75 +GST (All proceeds will support children & families affected by Autism)
⭐ Includes access to three online workshops: Challenging Behaviours, Anxiety & Autism and Social Skills & Autism

Four Journeys, One Moment:
Stories from the Autistic World

This August we’re bringing together four amazing members of the autistic world to share their stories in one huge online event. Listen to Prof. Temple Grandin, Ron Suskind, Chloe Maxwell and Chris Bonnello as they speak about their journey with autism, then jump into the discussion for a live Q&A with each presenter.

Commencing at 8.50am and running through to the afternoon, the online nature of this event means you can join in at any time from the comfort and convenience of your own home. Registrants will also have access to the presentation and Q&A recordings for one month after the event. Watch it from anywhere, at any time.

⭐ Plus, all registrants will receive online access to three of our most popular workshops! Learn more about autism from our clinicians with Challenging Behaviours in Daily Life, Anxiety & Autism, and Social Skills & Autism.

Meet the Presenters


8.50-9.00am – Welcome to Four Journeys, One Moment

Join us for an event unlike any other as we hear the stories of four amazing members of the Autistic world.

9.00-10.15am – Life, Animated: The Inspirational Story of Owen Suskind – Ron Suskind includes 15min LIVE Q&A

Ron Suskind is one of America’s most treasured journalists and a best-selling author. He is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless, with his most recent best-seller, Life, Animated, telling the story of his son Owen who, after being diagnosed with autism, found a way to reengage with the world around him. Seizing upon Owen’s love of animated Disney movies, the Suskind family re-enacted the films with him, pioneering a now-widely acknowledged method of emulative communication known as Affinity Therapy.

Ron Suskind is also the Founder and CEO of Sidekicks for Autism, which provides a free education app that helps parents deeply connect and communicate with their autistic children.

This session will include a one hour presentation and 15 minute Q&A session during which Ron will be live on screen to answer your questions.

10.30-11.00am – The World Needs All The Different Kinds of Minds – Prof. Temple Grandin

Prof. Temple Grandin needs little introduction to the autistic community. Her work as an autism spokesperson, author and advocate is known throughout the world. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document the insights she gained from her personal experience of autism. A tireless advocate for people who “think differently”, Temple is a firm believer that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids. She sees the value in every individual’s ability to make a contribution.

LIVE Q&A 11.00am-12.00pm – One Hour LIVE Q&A with Prof. Temple Grandin

Join Prof. Temple Grandin live for a Q&A session. Temple will answer your questions on screen for a full hour, giving you an opportunity to ask Temple a variety of things about her life, research and philosophy. To submit your questions, either include it when you register for the event, or type it into the questions box during her presentation. We will have a host on screen asking your questions directly to Temple throughout the session.

An American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Temple is a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour and welfare, making revolutionary changes to the industry.

12.00-1.30pm – Lunch Break

Take a break, get some lunch and join us again for a chat with Chloe Maxwell, commencing at 1.30pm

1.30-2.45pm – Different, Not Less – Chloe Maxwell includes 15min LIVE Q&A

Chloe Maxwell is a well known model, TV personality and radio host in Australia. In this presentation she will share her heartbreakingly honest journey with autism and her son, Max. As a young child, Max was not like other boys: the few words he learned faded away, his rages transcended any regular toddler tantrums, and he seemed to exist in a bubble, cut off from everyone. “It feels terrible for your son to want to hurt you so bad that you bleed, and to look into his beautiful eyes and see nothing but hatred. What mother could deal with that? Not me, that’s for sure. I loved my son, but I was no longer sure whether I was the right mother for this job.”

Chloe shares her journey from confusion and conflict to understanding as she discovered that her son Max, along with all children on the spectrum, is simply different, not less.

This session will include a one hour presentation and 15 minute Q&A session during which Chloe will be live on screen to answer your questions.

3.00-4.15pm – Autistic, Not Weird: Lessons I learned Growing Up Autistic – Chris Bonnello includes 15min LIVE Q&A

Chris Bonnello is an autistic advocate, award-winning writer and international speaker, also a novelist and special needs tutor (formerly a primary school teacher), based in Nottingham, United Kingdom. In 2015 he launched Autistic Not Weird to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective, a venture which has seen him attract 119,000 Facebook followers and over two million page hits on his website (, as well as speaking engagements as far away as India and Sydney Opera House.

He is the author of the novel series “Underdogs”, a series of dystopia books with special needs heroes, and “What We Love Most About Life”, an uplifting book designed to help autistic young people feel less alone. He was a nominee for the 2017 National Diversity Awards (Positive Role Model for Disability), two-time winner at the Autism Hero Awards (Top Journalist 2017, Online Social Community 2018) and won the National Autistic Society Professionals Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum in 2019.

This session will include a one hour presentation and 15 minute Q&A session during which Chris will be live on screen to answer your questions.

4.15-4.30pm – Event close

Join us as we thank our presenters and partners for enabling us to create an event unlike any other.

A Moment Not to be Missed

We’re bringing together four amazing members of our autistic community in a way that has never been done before.

  • Attend a full one hour live Q&A with Prof. Temple Grandin – ask your questions prior to the event or on the day
  • Hear from and engage with our amazing presenters – each of them has an incredible story to tell
  • Don’t let lockdowns or isolation stop you – attend the event from the convenience of your own home
  • Help make a difference – proceeds from the event will go towards supporting children and families affected by autism.

For one day, your home will become the site of an international event as you’re joined by four presenters coming from four different places around the world. This is not to be missed.

Staying Connected, Even When We’re Apart

Now, more than ever, the importance of staying connected is clear.

2020 has been a hard year for all of us, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing many of us into isolation and leading to higher levels of stress, anxiety and loneliness. Here at Irabina Autism Services, we’re determined to continue to provide the children, families and professionals we care so much about with the support they need.

‘Four Journeys, One Moment’ is about bringing us all together, even when we’re apart. To share stories, commiserate over the hard times, cheer over the good and, together, look towards a brighter future.

How Does an Online Event Work?

After registering and purchasing your ticket, you’ll receive a personal link that will give you access to the full day of presentations. On Saturday 15 August, simply click the link to join in on the event. You’ll be able to watch on your PC, phone or a tablet from the convenience of your own home (or whatever location you prefer).

This will be a huge day, with presentations from four amazing voices in the autistic world. If you don’t think you’ll be able to make it for all of them, you can just join in at the designated times to watch the sessions you’re most interested in. After the event, we’ll send out a link to everyone who registered and bought tickets giving them access to watch a recording of the presentations.

To participate in the Q&A, you can either submit your questions when you register, or enter them in the Question box during the event. Our host will share your question with the presenter, to be answered during the Q&A at the end of the session.

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