Vale Dr Sylvia Walton AO

Dr Sylvia Walton AO, former Chair of OTARC and Chancellor of La Trobe University, passed away on 27 January 2024.

Sylvia served as Chair of the OTARC Advisory Committee from 2016 until 2021. Thanks to her generosity, in 2019, the Sylvia Walton Honours Scholarship was established to support two Autistic psychology students each year to undertake an honours research project within OTARC. It was Australia’s first honours scholarship for Autistic students.

Sylvia will be dearly missed by our staff and students.

Dr Sylvia Walton AO Tribute

Creating Knowledge: Our Research Program Areas

IDENTIFICATION AND DIAGNOSIS

IDENTIFICATION AND DIAGNOSIS

Developing, and evaluating evidence-based approaches to identify and diagnose Autism at all ages to activate timely and personalised supports.

SUPPORTS AND PRACTICES FOR DAILY LIVING

SUPPORTS AND PRACTICES FOR DAILY LIVING

Developing and evaluating evidence-based practices and supports that enable Autistic people to live a life that is meaningful to them across the lifespan.

EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

Determining and promoting the best learning and vocational pathways for Autistic people at all levels of education and in volunteer and paid employment.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Understanding factors that influence the health and wellbeing of Autistic people to inform and enhance supports and practices across the lifespan.

Victorian Early Assessment Clinic (VEAC)

VEAC provides an affordable comprehensive needs assessment and differential diagnosis within a neurodiversity-affirming practice model to families of children under 36 months of age with a high likelihood for Autism in Victoria. Research and evaluation are a core part of the operation of the VEAC.

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OTARC PhD Scholarship for Autistic Scholars

OTARC will be offering one (1) Olga Tennison Research Scholarship to an Autistic candidate with exceptional research promise. The candidate will undertake a graduate research degree at OTARC at La Trobe University.

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