KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Inspirational educator Julie Cross will be speaking at the Central Highlands Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group's dinner on May 12.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Inspirational educator Julie Cross will be speaking at the Central Highlands Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group's dinner on May 12. Rob Williams

Dinner is all about you . . .

YOU have permission to make the night with inspirational speaker Julie Cross all about you.

The Central Highlands Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group is hosting the night which features engaging speaker Julie Cross and a delicious two-course dinner.

Central Highlands ASD support group facilitator Jenny Finlay said the idea behind the night was to offer Emerald an entertaining and uplifting evening that is a bit different to what the town has seen previously.

"We wanted to make it a special evening with a little bit of me time,” Mrs Finlay said.

"We have an engaging speaker plus a lovely dinner; it will be an enjoyable evening.”

The night is on Friday, May 12, starting with drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 5.45pm at the Capricornian Restaurant.

Julie Cross comes highly recommended by Mrs Finlay, who has heard her speak at conferences.

"She's a very well recognised speaker across Queensland and Australia,” she said.

"She has done many conferences as the keynote speaker and she has just finished a speaking tour across regional Queensland with the Early Childhood Teachers Association.”

Mrs Finlay said anyone from teachers, leaders or families with children on the autism spectrum would gain from Julie's talk.

"But the night is also for everyone; it's about being the best you, you can be,” she said.

"Julie has a background in hairdressing and talks about overcoming grief.

"Grief of finding out someone is on the (autism) spectrum and how to cope with the loss of her husband.

"She draws on her real-life experience and is a very engaging speaker.

"I've heard her a couple of times and heard her last time at a conference where she was energetic, motivating and down to earth. She is someone a lot of people can relate to.”

Tickets are $110 per person and can be purchased by emailing centralhighlandsasd@

gmail.com.

Pre-bookings are essential as no tickets are available on the night, tickets must be purchased by Sunday, May 7.


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