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AANE Webinar: A Framework of Understanding Your Unique Aspergers/Autism Characteristics, 11/30/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET
11/30/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, $25
Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand. See below for details.
DESCRIPTION: The primary audience for this webinar is adults who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism, or who suspect that they may be on the spectrum. Parents and other adult family members of children and teens, as well as professionals, may also want to attend.
Lately, AANE has seen a lot more energy around the language used to talk about Aspergers and Autism and more social momentum for viewing Aspergers/Autism in a positive way. AANE sees these trends as a shift towards viewing Aspergers/Autism through a “neurological lens,” treating Aspergers/Autism as a natural difference in neurological wiring, in essence, a difference rather than a disability. This webinar outlines aspects of the “neurological lens” and also introduces a framework that you can use to better understand your unique Aspergers/Autism characteristics, improve your ability to self-advocate, and live a more authentic life.
Throughout this webinar, panelists who identify as autistic will address the following questions:
- What language do you use to describe your autism?
- Do you think of autism as a disability or neurological difference?
- What misconceptions have others had about you and what has helped them better understand you?
- What are some examples of the “balancing/juggling” act you do to navigate the neurotypical world?
- When/where are you able to stop “masking” and be your authentic self?
- What are some examples of how your support needs to change as context changes?
- How do you manage your own internal resources when your support needs change?
- How might you use this framework to identify your unique Asperger/Autism characteristics to advocate for yourself in the future?
Time permitting, audience members will be able to use the Zoom chat function to pose additional questions to panelists.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET
WHERE: Online via Zoom
- Kris Britt, recently discovered that she is on the spectrum and is on a quest to understand what that means for her. She has spent more than 20 years in the high tech and publishing industries and she is currently a Digital Business Consultant heading up business transformation projects for large corporations. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and also paddle-boarding!
- Zachary LeFevre, wasn’t diagnosed with autism until age 18. As such, Zachary wasn’t given many of the resources available to children on the autism spectrum at the time and struggled throughout his childhood. He is pursuing a degree in Business Communications. As someone on the spectrum with difficulties in processing communication, Zachary’s studies have given him remarkable insights on how to better represent himself when connecting to others. Zachary is proud of and celebrates his autism. Zachary is passionate about cooking, writing, and sharing positivity and motivation.
- Kendrick Cronin is a neurodivergent trans man who is currently completing a master’s degree in clinical counseling through Southern New Hampshire University. He is passionate about person-centered care and intentional, intersectional inclusivity of folks across the spectrum of humanity. His professional focus is to increase understanding of and thus depathologize neurodivergency, transgender experiences, and living with mental illnesses. He currently lives in Minnesota, where he works for BridgesMN in employment services to support disabled people in seeking meaningful employment, and interns at Touchstone Mental Health, a residential treatment facility.
COST: $25 (Click on the registration link below to take advantage of AANE’s “pay what you can afford” options.”)
REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required. After you have registered you will receive a confirmation email. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.
This webinar will be recorded. If you are not available during the live presentation, registrants will receive the video link to access the recording of the presentation two business days after the session ends. Registrants can access the recorded presentation for 30 days.
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- “Open” events/groups may have different participants joining from session to session and “Closed” events/groups have the same participants for a set number of sessions.
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