History

OTARC was established in 2008 as a joint initiative of La Trobe University and Autism Victoria (now trading as Amaze). The establishment of OTARC was made possible with private donations from Mrs Olga Tennison and matching funds from La Trobe University. The Centre is named in acknowledgement of Mrs Tennison's generosity.

With Professor Cheryl Dissanayake as the inaugural Director, the Centre has grown in only a few years from her own lab with eight members to over 50 staff and students. In addition we have several honorary members and research adjuncts, both in Australia and overseas.

Under the Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) Package, OTARC has been involved in three federal government initiatives:

OTARC has also been instrumental in establishing the Early Assessment Clinic and the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) and is an Essential Participant in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

OTARC Annual Reports

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If you are interested in previous issues, please contact Dr Elfriede Ihsen e.ihsen@latrobe.edu.au