A wedding gift that gives twice

Bride and Groom with Son

Jaclyn and Dean Alburey asked their wedding guests to donate to OTARC research

When Jaclyn Alburey planned her spring wedding this year, she knew that she didn’t want traditional gifts. Instead she encouraged her 50 guests to donate funds for research at OTARC.

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Farewell from Elfriede


After 8 years of very eventful and exciting employment at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, I have finally decided to retire from paid work 3 days a week and start a new, hopefully a quieter, part of my life in 2017. Note, I am saying ‘retire from paid work’, as I hope to continue working for OTARC in a voluntary capacity from time to time, as well as engage in other types of activities, that could be classified as ‘work’.

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Farewell from Lisbeth


I came to work with Professor Cheryl Dissanayake in April 2008 in preparation for the opening of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) in June 2008. It was an exciting time as I found my place within the wider La Trobe University community.

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Ask a researcher – Teens in Transition

Woman and younger man at a computer

My son completed high school last year but was only recently been assessed with ASD. He has absolutely no idea what to do next. University does not seem an option. Any suggestions?

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Director’s report – Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer edition of Another Piece!

Our first appointment at OTARC was Dr Elfriede Ihsen, a long-time colleague and developmental psychologist. Soon after she joined us, Lisbeth Wilks, our Administrative Officer, joined as well. Lisbeth has had responsibility, amongst other things, for delivering our quarterly newsletter, Another Piece, to you, our readers and supporters. Together we worked to establish the Centre and successfully launch it in mid-2008. Elfriede and Lisbeth have been the backbone of much of what we do at OTARC. Both will retire this year, and I would like to acknowledge their dedication and generous contributions to OTARC over many years. Continue reading

Visitors to the Centre – September to December 2016


Jonathon Dellafield-Butt

Professor Jonathon Delafield–Butt, Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, presented at a special OTARC seminar.

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OTARC Folk Out & About – October to December 2016

Prof at MIND, US Davis, USA

7 October

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake visited Stanford University and presented an invited address. She also met with the Stanford Autism Research Group, hosted by Prof Antony Harden, Prof Joachim Hallmayer & Dr Chongying Wang.

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