Dr Amanda Webster completed her PhD in Special Education at Macquarie University in 2009 with a thesis focusing on social relationships between children with developmental disabilities and peers in inclusive settings. Her areas of interest include leadership to create successful school communities and curriculum for students with ASD, facilitating social relationships and self-determination of individuals with ASD,  building links between schools and families, and Indigenous perspectives of disabilities. She recently joined the University of Wollongong after five years at the Autism Centre of Excellence at Griffith University where she was the lead developer and program convenor for the Autism Studies postgraduate programs. While at Griffith, Dr. Webster completed several large scale research projects on implementing school-wide practices for students with ASD, and was a researcher on four research projects with the Australian Cooperative Research Centre on Autism. She has also completed a national study on empowering parents of school-aged children with ASD and is currently finalising a book on her research which will be published later this year.

Read Amanda Webster’s full session description on the VAC program here