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AANE Webinar: Self-Advocates Discuss their Journey Building Self-Advocacy Skills, 5/25/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, $25

DESCRIPTION: Building self-advocacy skills is a critical developmental task for young adults on the spectrum. Join us for a panel discussion with young adult self-advocates who will discuss building self-advocacy skills, and how developing these skills impacted their lives. Listen to our panelists share their insights about: How one defines self-advocacy? How to develop these skills in your own life? Discuss a time when they were able to successfully advocate for themselves.

TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

WHERE: Online via Zoom


PANEL MEMBERS: BRYN Healy (she/her) is a first-year student at Mount Holyoke College studying sociology and political science. She has written about social issues including ableism for: Women’s eNews, The Trace, and Ms. Magazine. When she isn’t attending college, she lives with her family in New Jersey.

DANIEL PERKINS (he/him) is a second-year Bachelor of Fine – Arts Stage Management major at Boston University, and an Associate in Arts graduate from Eastern Florida State College. Some of his early credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Addams Family, Tarzan, Jekyll & Hyde, Willy Wonka, and Anything Goes. He is currently working on Walking the Tightrope, which is his second show as an Assistant Stage Manager. He is very proud to have been recognized in the Florida Today newspaper for Autism Awareness Month in 2016, and continues to be an advocate and volunteer his time helping others. He is grateful to his family and all of his cast and crew members on his current production for their support.

RYAN WALSH (he/him) is a Training Coordinator at AANE who has recently earned his Bachelor’s in Sociology at Westfield State University. He is also a musician that has studied a variety of instruments over the last fifteen years and is highly involved with music and audio production. When he is not creating music with his friends, he enjoys playing video games in his free time. Ryan has been speaking with AANE since 2014 and is happy to join the team as a Training Coordinator.

COST: $25

CAPACITY: 100 participants

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 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.


EVENT & GROUP INFORMATION: All AANE programming is currently online. The following terms are used for different audience specifications:

  • “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.

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.


May 25
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x232