Keynote Lectures

The Shift Towards Well-being and Full Citizenship

Abstract (TBC)

Dr Peter Vermeulen

Master in Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium (1985) and PhD in Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2002). From 1987 till 1998 working for the Flemish Autism Association, first as home trainer for families with a child with autism, later as director of the home training centre and finally as trainer / lecturer. Since 1998 working as senior autism consultant / lecturer /trainer at Autisme Centraal.Founder and director of ‘Autism in Context’.Chief Editor of "Sterk! In autisme" (Strong in autism), bi-monthly magazine of Autisme Centraal.Wrote over 150 articles on autism and is author of more than 15 books with translations into more than 10 languages, a.o. "This is the title: on autistic thinking” (2001), “I am Special: handbook for psycho-education” (2000, revised edition 2013), and “Autism as context blindness” (2012), a book than won several awards in the USA.Received in 2019 the Passwerk Life Time Achievement Award for his more than 30 years contribution to the autism community in Belgium.


Children with ASD/Developmental Delays in Humanitarian Emergencies

Abstract (TBC)

Dr. Ramzi H. Nasir, MD MPH

Dr Nasir is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician who trained at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently practices in London, UK as a pediatrician in the National Health Service and in private practice. Dr Nasir’s primary clinical practice is focused on children with autism and related conditions. While at Boston Children’s Hospital, he served as principal investigator in clinical trials for the pharmacological treatment of core autism symptoms and collaborated on research projects studying the genetics of autism and related conditions. In London, he has several leadership roles developing autism services at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and the Portland Hospital for Women and Children. Driven by his own childhood experiences in war-torn Palestine and Jordan, Dr Nasir is active in efforts to improve clinical care for children with developmental conditions in humanitarian settings. In addition to lecturing widely on the topic, he serves as a clinical consultant and advisor to humanitarian organizations such as Doctors without Borders and Medical Aid for Palestinians. He has also led training workshops including a special interest group at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), authored 2 book chapters on the topic and is active in several global advocacy efforts.