Partnerships and collaborations

Industry partners

Salesforce.com

is the world's leading CRM (Customer Relationship Management) provider. Through its philanthropic arm OTARC has been the beneficiary of:

  • donated and significantly price-reduced licences to a range of platforms
  • donated time by a team of 11 engineers and developers across four continents to help build early detection of autism app ASDetect
  • Force for Change grant of $215,000 to build a digital employment hub for jobseekers with autism. OTARC was the only Australian finalist out of 136 organisations that applied.
Google.org

OTARC was one of 10 finalists in the Google Impact Challenge Australia 2016,receiving $250,000 to translate ASDetect into Mandarin Chinese and Spanish

Specialisterne Australia, DXC Technology & the Department of Human Services

Specialisterne Australia DXC Technology and the Department of Human Services ran The Dandelion Program to provide skilled employment for people with autism from 2014-2017. OTARC has an ongoing research partnership with the three organisations.

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JVC Kenwood


Dr Kristelle Hudry led a research project to test the feasibility of a new objective, non-invasive eye-tracking device,
manufactured by JVC Kenwood Japan, called ‘Gazefinder’, for use with infants showing features of autism.

The Campbell Collaboration


The Campbell Collaboration promotes positive social and economic change through the production and use of systematic reviews for evidence-based policy and practice. Dr Darren Hedley conducted a systematic review of interventions for anxiety in children with autism.

Government partners

Victorian Maternal and Child Health Services


In 2018 we successfully tendered to train all 1250 Victorian Maternal and Child Health nurses to monitor the social attention and communication development of children aged between 11 and 30 months. This collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services ensures that all Victorian babies are routinely monitored for early signs of autism.

Department of Social Services


We work with the five other national Autism-Specific Early Learning and Care Centres to conduct research on the learning outcomes of autistic preschool children.