Focusing on happiness and wellbeing: defining outcomes for autistic people from a different perspective

Dr Peter Vermeulen

Autisme Centraal

Peter Vermeulen, PhD, completed his Masters in Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium (1985) and his PhD in Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2002). From 1987 till 1998, Peter worked 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, Peter has worked as autism consultant / lecturer /trainer at Autisme Centraal. Peter is Chief Editor of "Autisme Centraal", bi-monthly magazine of Autisme Centraal. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Belgian-Dutch Journal of Special Education, Child Psychiatry and Child Psychology. He has published more than 15 books and several articles on autism, among others: "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.


Outcome studies in autism have focused mainly on more ‘objective’ measures of outcomes, such as cognitive and academic functioning, health, employment, living situation, quantitative and qualitative measurements of... [ view full abstract ]


PL-2 » Plenary Lecture (12:00 - Friday, 16th September, Pentland Auditorium)