Further learning and education


​The specific organisations and services listed alphabetically below are not exhaustive. Many provide a wide range of support, professional development and learning opportunities.

It is important to note the external organisations listed below do not necessarily have endorsement by the department, AEIOU or Autism Queensland (AQ). We recommend you contact individual organisations for further information regarding their specific services.

Australian Association of Spec​ial Education (AASE)​ is a forum and provider of professional development and further learning for professionals supporting students with additional needs. Open to everyone but cost for membership is required.

Autism Internet ​Modules (AIM)​ has online professional development and modules of learning for parents, carers and/or professionals.

Autism Queensland Professional Lea​rning and ​Development Service (PLDS)​​ provides professional learning opportunities for Queensland parents, professionals and support staff on a range of topics relating to ASD:

  • workshops and seminars with individualised content in a location of your choice
  • individualised consultations and programs with flexible content and format in your choice of location throughout Queensland
  • special events such as symposiums, forums and conferences with guest speakers
  • Early Days workshops for parents and carers of young children with ASD (as above).

EQ provides a forum, access to online modules, professional deve​lopment​ (login required) and further learning opportunities. The Learning Place provides access to professional communities, information, collaborative online projects, and access to staff and student eLearning.

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) information and learning:

  • Early Da​ys​ regionally based free workshops for parents and carers of children aged up to six years with a diagnosis of ASD or who are going through the assessment and diagnosis process.
  • Positive Partnerships provides workshops, online training, professional development modules, information and links designed specifically for parents and school staff supporting individuals with ASD.
  • Raising Children's Network provides a range of resources including information about autism, a guide to therapies, service pathfinders and parent forums.

Independent School​s Queensland (ISQ)​ provides professional ​development​ for staff in independent schools throughout the state.

Monash U​niversity Developmental Psychology Department​ (ACTNow) has developed a range of downloadable fact sheets. Includes some fact sheets in languages other than English.

Special Education S​​ervices (USA) is an online resource for educators that provides links and a directory of resources, strategies useful for students with ASD such as Structured Teaching (TEACCH), Visual Strategies, Assistive Technology, General Strategies, Individual Education Plans, and a Transition Checklist.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) of the U​nited Kingdom​ provides free information, fact sheets and video resources for individuals, families and educators that can be either purchased or downloaded.

Further learning, including professional development modules and information regarding further study can be accessed through​​ Queensland and i​nterstate universities​​.

Last updated 18 September 2020