How Did the Autism Society Conference Inspire Me?

There have been 46 previous Autism Society conferences but number 47 in New Orleans was my first. What a gathering! The hallways were filled with people—professionals, families, autistic individuals—who were ready to learn and network. I enjoyed the exchange of ideas and being able to meet so many amazing people face-to-face. I learned what many autistic individuals are accomplishing and felt inspired. I listened to the ways families are creating their own opportunities for their children and felt inspired. I discovered professionals, … [Read more...]

This is Some Village!

Last week I went to OCALICON, which is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) annual autism conference in the country. It's one of the best things I do all year. I got to speak three times this year, including my first big solo session…90 minutes presenting to mostly professionals about how their language around autism affects the kids who are hearing it. I also spoke on a panel as part of the AGI Young Leaders with my amazing advocate friends. The third day, I spoke with a dear friend and mentor to a smaller group about medical … [Read more...]