This conference is named in honor of Dr. Daniel W. Rosenn -- a dedicated professional and founding AANE board member -- and provides an opportunity for the entire autism community to come together and learn.
This year's virtual conference event will include a series of presentations highlighting how integrating lived experience into professional practice can improve and advance the fields of medical and behavioral healthcare, education, and employment. Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.
DATES: Saturday, November 5, 2022 - Livestream Only - This conference will NOT be recorded.
TIME: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM ET (Please note all times are in Eastern Time)
COST: $40 for AANE Members, $50 for non-AANE Members, $75 for Professionals seeking CEUs*
REGISTRATION: Registration is required. After you have registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration which will include the instructions on how to access the conference. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Contact email@example.com to learn more about membership. AANE provides discounted and free admission upon request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire further.
*Please note that the professional attendee ticket is for physicians/medical professionals seeking CME credits, as well as Massachusetts-based social workers, psychologists and LMHC's seeking continuing education credits. All professional attendees will be required to complete an evaluation and learning check following participation to be eligible for CMEs or CEUs.
Continuing education applications are pending. All continuing education updates will be posted here.
ASL Interpreter Services: Please specify on your registration if you would like to request ASL interpreter services. Please request ASL accommodations by October 15, 2022.
Refund Policy: Refunds, minus a $10 processing fee per registration, are available until the end of our business day on November 1, 2022. No refunds/credits after November 1, 2022, including no-shows.
Code of Conduct: Participants at AANE events are expected to act respectfully toward other participants, speakers and moderators. AANE reserves the right to remove an individual participant from the event/program if AANE determines there are concerns with attendee conduct.
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Saturday, November 5 - Agenda
Janet Barbieri, MSW, LICSW, Director of Programs, AANE
Dr. Rebecca Wood, PhD, Lecturer in Inclusive Education at the University of Glasgow
Dr. Kristen Bottema-Beutel, PhD, Associate Professor of Special Education, Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College
What Can We Learn from Autistic Teachers?
The difficulties that autistic children and young people can experience in their learning environments have been well-established. While various solutions have been attempted, with limited success, very little consideration has been given to the insights autistic teachers can provide. Our research project – the Autistic School Staff Project – aims to address this gap in understanding. We will explain the benefits autistic teachers can bring to autistic, otherwise neurodivergent, and indeed all learners - but only if the circumstances are right. We will show how, with understanding and support, the autistic teachers of today can help to create the autistic professionals of tomorrow.
Dr. Mary Doherty, MB BCh BAO, FCARCSI, EDRA, Founder, Autistic Doctors International
Autism, Through the Eyes of Autistic Physicians
Recognition of autistic physicians is a recent phenomenon and open disclosure remains rare. Insights from autistic physicians in all specialties, but particularly psychiatry, have the potential to reframe our understanding of autism and improve healthcare outcomes for the autistic community.
In Autistic Doctors International we adopt a neurodiversity-affirmative approach to peer-support, advocacy and research. We believe the poor mental and physical health outcomes currently experienced by autistic people are not inevitable. Intervention strategies will be explored, with a specific focus on primary prevention of co-occurring mental ill health.
Marcelle Ciampi, MEd, Lead DEIA Specialist, Paylocity
A Neurovariant Lens to Belonging in the Workplace
Join us for a one-of-a-kind fireside chat with global social justice advocate and diversity and inclusion specialist Marcelle Ciampi (pen name Samantha Craft), as we explore neurodiversity and the workplace. Through the lens of a “neurovariant” (someone with a brain and mind that varies significantly from the mainstream neuronormative), Craft will share unique insights into the workplace based on her lived experience of over five decades as an Autistic/ADHDer (#AuDHD) with physical and learning disabilities. Backed by 3,000 hours of study of best DEI workplace practices, and communication with over 10,000 individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities, this session is a unique opportunity to examine aspects of social justice, neurodiversity, intersectionality, and some "isms" (e.g., ableism) from the prolific writer and servant leader who brought us the Autistic Traits List shared in counseling offices around the globe.
Kendrick Cronin, MA, Therapist
Depathologizing Autism: Making the Paradigm Shift
Hear from a neurodivergent therapist what it is like to work in the mental health world. Imagine a perspective where neurodivergence is not inherently disabling or seen as a disorder needing correcting, but another diversifying aspect of humanity. Understand what it means to make a cultural paradigm shift to understanding autists without feeling the need to fix, correct, or change us.
Janet Barbieri, MSW, LICSW, Director of Programs, AANE
*The program schedule is subject to change.
Learn More About Our Speakers!
Kristen Bottema-Beutel, PhD is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. She received her PhD in Special Education from the University of California at Berkeley. In her research, she uses quantitative and qualitative methods to understand social and language development, and social interaction dynamics in autistic children, youth, and adults. Kristen is also interested in developing supports to help autistic people participate and thrive in school and work settings. More recently, she has explored meta-science topics such as researcher ethics, researcher discourse about autism, and research quality in intervention research for autistic people. Kristen is a Senior Deputy Editor for the journal "Autism in Adulthood", and an Associate Editor for the journal "Autism".
Marcelle Ciampi, MEd, is best known for her writings found in the well-received book "Everyday Aspergers". Ciampi, credited for architecting an innovative universal design approach to workplace inclusion, is the Lead DEIA specialist at Paylocity, a cutting-edge HR and payroll tech company with a dedicated focus on DEIA education and award-winning workplace culture. Some of Ciampi’s works, especially the Autistic Traits List, have been translated into multiple languages and widely shared in counseling offices, globally. A former school teacher, Ciampi has corresponded directly with over 10,000 individuals on the autism spectrum and has been featured in various literature, including citations in articles, books, and research papers. Considered an expert in the field of neurodiversity, she has served as a contributor, advisor, and board member to autism organizations and conferences, including the Stanford Neurodiversity Summit. Ciampi contributed to the book "Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism" and is a doctoral student in the field of organizational leadership and social justice.
Kendrick Cronin, MA is a neurodivergent trans man with a master's degree in clinical counseling from 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 lives in Minnesota, where he works for Mental Health Systems, a DBT clinic, as a pre-licensed therapist.
Dr. Mary Doherty, MB BCh BAO, FCARCSI, EDRA is an autistic consultant anesthesiologist in Ireland and Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Alongside her clinical role, her research interests include improving healthcare for autistic people, addressing issues faced by autistic doctors & medical students and reframing the tragedy narrative around autism towards a neurodiversity-affirmative approach. She is the founder of peer support & advocacy groups “Autistic Doctors International” and “Autistic Med Students”. She is widely published on Autism and Neurodiversity in Medicine. She is the mother to two neurodivergent young people and is a ski instructor at the Ski Club of Ireland.
Rebecca Wood, PhD is a former teacher and autism education practitioner who is a Lecturer in Inclusive Education at the University of Glasgow. She is also Principal Investigator of the Autistic School Staff Project. Rebecca completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham with a full-time scholarship, where she was also Project Manager of the Transform Autism Education project, funded by the European Commission. This was followed by an ESRC postdoctoral Fellowship at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre of King’s College London and a senior lectureship at the University of East London. Rebecca speaks at national and international conferences and has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She has had two books published: "Inclusive Education for Autistic Children: Helping Children to Learn and Flourish in the Classroom" and a co-edited edited volume, "Learning From Autistic Teacher: How to be a Neurodiversity-Inclusive School". Find her on Twitter @thewoodbug