Organized by:

the Finnish Association
for Autism and
Asperger's Syndrome
    Autistic Spectrum Insights  

Finland's Slot
Machine Association

Tampere Region
Asperger Syndrome
and Autism Society

Sponsored by:

Lielahti Pharmacy

Tapiola Insurance Company

Nettiemo Maternity Shop


60 s video,
flashes from press conference
and lectures

background information
on some of the speakers:

AUGUST 26th-27th 2005

Marking the ending of its Self-Help Project, the Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome arranged a two-day conference in August 2005 in Tampere, Finland. The event was aimed at people on the autistic spectrum, their friends, families and carers, and autism professionals.

The invited speakers were people on the autism spectrum with experience in research, support work and association work. A growing number of such experts is creating new ways to look at the whole autism spectrum.

- This conference combined international, experiential knowledge with professional and scientific expertise. That is why the Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome wanted to organise this unique event, together with the Tampere region local association, says the executive director of the Finnish association, Henrietta Gyllenbögel.

In this conference, people on the autism spectrum appeared as both producers and recipients of information and services. The audience, numbering just over 300, consisted of people on the spectrum, family members, and professionals in the field, in roughly equal numbers. Written feedback was received from 85 participants, most of this very positive. The attendees appreciated particularly the speakers' ability to illustrate their subject matter with personal experiences, and their novel approaches. The Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome wishes to thank the attendees also for their constructive criticism, which will help us to develop our future events.