Conference to change attitudes

Bendigo mum calls for autism support

Daniel Giles

Daniel Giles

BENDIGO resident Daniel Giles will share his story at the Time to Rethink Autism Victorian autism conference in Melbourne next month.

Mr Giles was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.

The freelance graphic designer was the City of Greater Bendigo’s Young Citizen of the Year in 2008 and is an advocate for people with a disability.

More than 1500 people will attend the conference which is hosted by Amaze, Victoria’s peak autism spectrum information and advice service.

Melbourne’s Chris Varney will also share "stories of transformation".

“It’s time to rethink autism,” Mr Varney said. “When I was diagnosed, the experts fed my mother a negative prescription of a future in which I couldn’t do things. Mum somehow found the courage to have a rethink, choosing a path of ‘my son can’ rather than ‘my son can’t’."

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