Lived Experience of Autism

Join us as we explore the intersection of autism and nutrition, honouring diverse and unique lived realities. This webinar hosts a panel of speakers with a lived experience of autism and/or experience providing neurodiversity affirming care.


Dietitians are invited to explore the nuance of autism and nutrition, including navigating sensory sensitivities and common co-occurring conditions (including ARFID). This webinar aims to increase an overall understanding of the lived experience of autism, thus improving dietitian’s understanding of neurodivergent persons support needs. Through storytelling, our speakers will share their invaluable insights into how dietitians can foster empathy, embracing diversity, and providing person-centred support with practical recommendations and altered communication styles.

It is recommended that the pre-recorded webinar, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder, is watched in preparation for this webinar. It is currently complimentary and available for download from the Shop.


This webinar is brought to you by the Dietitians Australia Policy and Advocacy Team and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (2024). 

29 May 2024 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra time, AEST)
29 May 2024 at 11:30am - 12:30pm (ACST)
29 May 2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am (AWST)

Application into Practice: 

- Dietitians will learn how to tailor services to the differing needs of persons with Autism.

- Dietitians will understand the nuance of Autism as well as its common co-morbid conditions such as ARFID.

- Dietitians will gain an increased understanding of Autistic and neurodivergent people and their support needs among dietitians and use this knowledge to better support neurodivergent clients in their practice.



Kirra Blanca-Jackson, Project Coordinator at the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), has a strong advocacy background in education and through their involvement with the trade union movement. As a person with a variety of disabilities, Kirra is passionate about ensuring that people with disabilities have a voice and are listened to. Kirra facilitates conversations between a wide variety of people with disability and professional service providers to improve understanding and acceptance. 

Georgie McDaid is currently completing an Honours year in biotechnology. She was diagnosed with Autism as a child and also lives with a physical disability. Georgie was the 2022 NUS Disabilities Officer and has a real passion for tangible and meaningful change for disabled and neurodivergent people. 

Heidi La Paglia Reid is an experienced researcher, contractor, consultant and advocate specialising in intersectional feminism, disability and neuro-inclusion. She has over a decade of experience working in professional and voluntary roles in the disability and women's rights sector as well as extensive personal experience navigating chronic health conditions and disability. Heidi lives in Muwinina Country, in Lutruwita, Hobart, Tasmania with her partner, son and three furry felines.

Continued professional development: 

This webinar is worth 1 CPD hours. Member CPD logs will be updated automatically in the days following the live event. 

Access details: 

Webinar access details will be sent on 28 May 2024. Webinar recording will be sent to all registrants within 1-3 business days of the live event. 


Dietitians Australia members: $0 | Non-members: $0


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29/05/2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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