On Thursday 28th May, we attended Autism SA’s Insights and Innovations Networking Night as part of the Autism SA Insights and Innovation Conference being held in Adelaide.

We were greeted with some friendly faces and a jigsaw piece with a bit missing to help get us acquainted with other event attendees! Fair to say Dan got lucky, finding his matching “piece” in a number of seconds where as I was stuck asking everyone in the room if they had the “Z shape”.

The food at the Lyrics Lounge at the Adelaide Festival Centre was amazing, and I was lucky to be provided with several serves of a delicious butter chicken and plenty of Coopers Pale Ale which helped get the networking underway!
Daniel Wilson & Anne ToddThank God You’re Here and Founder of Learning for Life gave his brief but motivational talk on the work he is doing in Victoria to help families living with Autism.

We also heard from the very witty Amanda Tulloch Hoskins who spoke about how she has become trained at how to “schmooze” at networking events in order to be taken seriously and to raise funds and awareness for her organisation PAKA (Parents Assisting Kids with Autism) .

The ball committee announced the theme and location for this year’s black tie fundraiser to be held at the Town Hall on October 31st the theme being “Masquerade Ball at the Adelaide Town Hall”.

We’ll be attending the ball again this year as last year the Winter Wonderland event held at the National Wine Centre went fantastically well with great food, wine and entertainment. The event ended up raising around $30,000 for Autism SA.

Thanks to Jess for the invitation to this great night and for more information on Autism SA you can visit their website: www.autismsa.org.au.