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About PRAC

The mission of the PRAC is to improve teaching practice and use of evidence based educational interventions that result in improved outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The work of PRAC is oriented by a theory-to-practice model where research informs practice using measurable standards. PRAC aims to provide world-class practical research in autism education.

PRAC aims to become self supporting within a year with funding from:
-Research grants
-Philanthropic trusts
-Consultancies

-Seminars and workshops

-Membership contributions

-Government support.

  • Undertaking quality applied research
  • Development of, and cooperation and collaboration with, research communities
  • Delivery of quality instruction in research, assessment and evaluation
  • Informing and influencing educational public policy
  • Provision of relevant research findings to training and service providers
  • Repository of resources and tools for teachers, Education Support staff and schools

Brenda Smith Myles PhD. Brenda joined the Advisory Board in August 2012.

Professor Rita Jordan. Rita also joined the Advisory Board in 2012.

Ms Charlene Tait, Director of Development, Scottish Autism, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Dr Mark Stokes, Associate Professor Deakin University, Victoria. Australia

Ms Janette Hibberd Educational Psychologist, WAS Victoria, Australia

Mr Stephen Ahern Director Autism Teaching Institute Victoria, Australia


One of our goals is to continue to build an international, well-connected Board.


An appropriate governance structure is to be determined. PRAC is in its infancy and the first goal is to build an international well connected Board. It is proposed that the ATI supports the development of PRAC and that ultimately the two entities will provide mutual support for each other. Currently the ATI is a Registered Training Organisation that exists as an unincorporated entity under the wider umbrella of Western Autistic School.