Free webinar – Raising Autistic Teenage Girls and Gender Diverse Youth


This free webinar will help you learn about the issues facing Autistic girls and gender diverse youth and will provide tips and advice on how to support them.

  • Hear from a fantastic line-up of speakers – more details below.
  • Learn how to support your trans and gender-diverse teen.
  • Learn how pornography affects our young people and how to keep them safe.

Webinar details: 

Date: Tuesday 21 June 2022

Location: online via Zoom Webinar 

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Cost: free but registration is required


9.40 – 10.40am | Hear from an all-Autistic panel on “Navigating Healthy Social Connections”:

Jess Rowlings

A qualified speech and language pathologist and researcher at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Jess is also the co-founder of Next Level Collaboration, a social enterprise that runs programs to support neurodiverse children in developing collaborative skills and social connection through cooperative video games. Jess was diagnosed with both autism and ADHD as an adult, and is passionate about the use of digital games-based learning to promote social capacity and inclusion.



Jane Hancock

Jane is one of the experienced presenters and advocates at Autism Actually. In addition to being a trained secondary mathematics/science teacher, Jane also has a Masters degree of Inclusive Education for Autistic Students. From 2008 to 2012, Jane was a member of the Victorian team for the Positive Partnerships project, a federal-government initiative aimed at supporting school-aged Autistic students. Jane is the parent of Shadia and is passionate about sharing her professional and personal understanding of Autism to inform other teachers. Jane was identified as Autistic in 2020.


Chloé Hayden

Chloé is an award-winning motivational speaker, actor, performer, author, influencer, content creator and disability rights activist and advocate. All these roles intersect with her passion for creating change, celebrating diversity and pushing towards a better future. Diagnosed as Autistic (and ADHD) at the age of thirteen and feeling ostracised from society, Chloe started an anonymous blog to share her feelings and to find a community and ended up building something bigger than she ever dreamed. Now Chloe is a powerhouse in advocacy and a worldwide known name, with platforms of half a million followers, in-person presentations at seminars, conferences, schools and her own tours in three continents to over a hundred thousand people.


11.10am – 12.40pm | Hear from Maree Crabee from It’s Time We Talked and Dr Wenn Lawson

Porn Is Not the Norm – understand the issues related to pornography and how its impacts can be amplified in Autistic young people and how parents and carers can prevent harm to their young people.

Maree Crabee

Maree is director of the Australian violence prevention initiative, It’s time we talked. She is co-producer of the broadcast documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography and The Porn Factor, and author of In The Picture, a secondary school resource addressing the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – for over 25 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, pornography, sexual diversity and prevention of STIs.  



Dr Wenn Lawson

Dr Wenn Lawson

Dr Lawson combines his Autistic lived experience insights as well his professional background as a psychologist. He is also an author of over 20 books including “The Autistic Trans Guide to Life” .





1.20 – 2.20pm | Hear from Yenn Purkis the author of “The Awesome Autistic Guide for Trans Teens” on how to support your trans and gender diverse teen:

Yenn PurkisYenn Purkis, the author of “The Awesome Autistic Guide for Trans Teens”, will provide advice on how to support your trans and gender diverse teen. Yenn is an Autistic and non-binary author, public speaker and community leader who also has a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Yenn is the author of ten published books on autism and is a regular blogger. Yenn has been facilitating a support group for women and gender diverse folks on the autism spectrum since 2011.They were named the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year and received the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award in 2019. Yenn is also a prolific public speaker and has presented at a range of events including at TEDx Canberra in 2013.


This event is proudly sponsored by The Centre for U

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