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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Conference in San Francisco

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the self-advocacy and the neurodiversity movement.

A release from AASCEND – the Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development – in partnership with SFSU's Autism Spectrum Studies Program presents its 9th conference on adult autism:
Neurodiversity Leaders 2016: Adult Autism Advances
October 8, 2016
9:00-4:00 (registration begins at 8:15)
Seven Hills Conference Center, 800 Font Blvd
San Francisco State University
SF, CA 94132
The conference salutes neurodiversity and showcases prominent national and local leaders on and off the autism spectrum. The innovative ideas and personal passion of these leaders influence how we live, work and think, inspiring our way forward.
Neurodiversity Leaders 2016 features keynote addresses by Sondra Williams, recipient of the Ohio State Governor's Award for her remarkable journey from traumatic childhood autism to national autism leadership, and by"Hackie" Reitman, M.D., founder of the online neurodiversity community Different Brains, author of Aspertools, and parent of a daughter on the autism spectrum. Hackie is known as The Fighting Surgeon in recognition of his early career as a professional heavyweight boxer.
Michael Bernick, former head of the California State Labor Department, moderates a plenary session showcasing successful career paths for spectrum adults.
A second plenary session features a convocation of leading national autism advocacy organizations addressing the present and future of autism advocacy in America.
Breakout sessions explore Dating on the Spectrum; Sports and Autism; Autism Employment in the Arts; Supports for College Success, Diagnosis and Disclosure; LinkedIn as an Employment Tool; and AASCEND's path-breaking Autism Job Club
Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments. Conference registration begins at 8:15am, October 8. Please arrive early. Some program changes are possible.