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AANE Webinar: Being Your Authentic Self – What language do you use to identify yourself and why?, 2/6/22, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, $25

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details.

DESCRIPTION: In this session, three adults on the spectrum will explore how language usage related to autism has evolved over time.  They will share what language they use to identify themselves.  Do they say, “I am  autistic,”  or do they say “I am a person with autism”?  Do they identify with the term “Aspergers” or “Autism,” or do they refer to themselves as neurodiverse? Do they use different terms?  How do these subtle differences in language shape their identity, and how has their use of these terms evolved over time? Why do they choose this language and how do these language choices relate to their self-advocacy journey? 

Audience members will be able to use the Zoom chat function to pose additional questions to panelists.

This webinar is a follow-on to AANE Webinar: A Framework for Understanding Your Unique Aspergers/Autism Characteristics, which can be watched on AANE’s on demand Vimeo page.

The primary audience for the February 6 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. 


  • 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.
  • Ryan Walsh is a recent graduate from Westfield State University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. He is also a musician that has studied a variety of instruments over the last fourteen years and is highly involved with music and podcast production. When he is not creating music, he enjoys playing video games and spending time with his friends. Ryan has been speaking with AANE since 2014 and always enjoys and appreciates the opportunity to speak on his lived experience as someone on the autism spectrum. Ryan speaks on topics related to self-advocacy, mental health, education, employment, and building meaningful connections.
  • Lillian Carrier is an autistic actor best known for her recurring guest star role in the Freeform show Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. Lillian is proud to be breaking barriers as half of the first autistic, queer couple on television in addition to having her service dog, Luke, being the first real service dog actor on television. As a consultant on the show, Lillian was able to share her life experience and expertise and contribute to the show’s authenticity. Lillian, along with her sister, Chloe Estelle and her mom, Gail Carrier, founded OurTism (https://www.ourtism.com/), a nonprofit designed by autistics for autistics. Their mission is to listen, empower and validate autistic teens, adults and their parents. They have created a safe community where skills and tools are shared to build purposeful, meaningful, and harmonious lives.

WHEN: Sunday, February 6, 2022

TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

WHERE: Online via Zoom

HOST: Michele Cantara, Neurodiversity Training Specialist, AANE

MODERATOR: Nick Gallop, AANE Adult Services Coordinator

COST: $25 per person (Click on the registration link below to take advantage of AANE’s “pay what you can afford” options.”)

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REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event or first session. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.  

This webinar will be recorded. If you are not available for the live presentation, you 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.

CODES OF CONDUCT: Participants at AANE events are expected to act respectfully toward other participants and group facilitators. AANE reserves the right to deny admission to and/or ask individual participants to leave an event. For more information see FAQS.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: The online platform for the event/program will be listed in the confirmation email from AANE. For assistance with Zoom, please visit the Zoom Help Center prior to the event to become familiar with the platform.


February 6
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Michele Cantara, AANE