The Real Ethics of Autism
Many situations that advocates - and self-advocates - get involved in involve various forms of unethical conduct. Regrettably, the existing discussions of ethics as they apply to autism are generally poor.
This also presents a practical problem, as one of our greatest tools in these situations is the ability to bring detailed ethical criticism to bear. This presentation will focus on professional ethics, surveying the roles and expectations of ethical professionals in the world of autism - and highlight those principles and codes most useful to advocates and self-advocates. Potential applications and use of these documents will be discussed.
Alexander Cheezem is an
autistic graduate student in Nova Southeastern University's M.S. General
Psychology program. He has over three years' clinical experience
working with autistic children and regards dealing with the consequences
of unethical conduct to be his least favorite part of the job.
Strategies for controlling and altering one’s own mental state: An advanced course in dealing with sensory issues and environment
Sensory input is linked at a basic level to one's state of mind. Any
changes in one's sensory environment or any changes in how a person
perceives sensory input has the potential to change that person's state
of conscious. While variations in one's state of consciousness are
normal and natural, not all sensory input creates a pleasant effect.
This talk will focus on methods for intentionally altering one's sensory
perception and maintaining control over one's mental state.
Marcie is an autistic adult,
with an educational background in physics and anthropology. She was
diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder prior to learning about
autism. She is interested in everything relating to sensory perception
and state of mind and the relation between the two. Marcie is currently
employed in the environmental field and resides with her feisty
Communication and Power Dynamics.
Moderators: Chris Strayer, Kassiane A. Sibley and Phil Schwarz
An audience-participatory discussion about several key communication and power dynamics that can be present in challenging communication situations that may occur in our lives:-Validation/invalidation of others' way of being or experience
- Privilege - what it is and is not, and how to be responsibly aware of it
- Tone policing - what it is and is not, and how to respond to it
Autistifying a Habitat: organizational & reminder strategies that even worked for me.
Kassiane A. Sibley
Contrary to what they might have said growing up, it's ok to set up our environments in a non-standard way to suit our brains! This presentation will provide some ideas to set up an Autistic-friendly "get stuff done/remember what I have and need/tell people I can't talk to them with no drama" household. Ideally my ideas will kick off a lively discussion with participants sharing their needs and their solutions. We will also have the opportunity to make Autreat-inspired interaction receptivity boards for home or elsewhere use.
Kassiane Sibley is a vintage
1982 Autistic who has done the Autistic activism thing since 1999 or so.
She lives in Oregon, goes to school, teaches and judges gymnastics,
writes the profane Radical Neurodivergence Speaking blog, and is one of
the brains behind the We Are Like Your Child collaborative blog.
Kassiane keeps all her executive function and working memory on the
walls, and has 2 cats with seizure detecting superpowers.
Spatial inclusion - not just a right of access or to be to tolerated: Understandings from a four year study looking at autistics' spatial experience.
I have recently completed my Ph.D. in the United Kingdom looking at autistic people's perception of and functioning in space and what makes it problematic. Most research with autistics is carried out in laboratories, with little interaction between them and the researcher. In this study, the research took place in the homes, travel, work, virtual and leisure spaces of the participants. This resulted in ongoing dialogue between the participants and the researcher about their experience. This workshop will present information from this dialogue as starting point for discussion of the diversity of autistic peoples' social and spatial experience and our understanding and treatment of those whose experience of autism differs from our own.
Sarah Clemerson recently completed her PhD investigating autistic people's spatial perception and functioning and what makes it problematic, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom. She is a social worker, landscape architect, and wannabe academic. She was on the community engagement team for disabled Londoners for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), is a member of the London Autistic Rights Movement, (LARM), and the Developmental Adult Neurodiversity Association (DANDA).
Out Autistics: Doing Public Activism and Taking Care of Ourselves
Paula C. Durbin-Westby
Paula C. Durbin-Westby is an
ardent neurodiversity proponent. In 2011 Paula started Autism Acceptance
Day, which grew into Autism Acceptance Month. We are now in
International Autism Acceptance Decade, with various events in the works
for the time frame 2010-2020. Paula is an Autistic musician,
writer, and idea-generator. She is also an Autistic parent, committed to
ensuring that the communications of Autistics are predominant in any
conversation about autism.
Loud Hands: From the View of the Ivory Tower
Dana is an autistic, queer, medically complex, Jewish, cisgender female who lives with multiple disabilities and chronic pain. She has just begun a program to get a Masters in Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences alongside training to be a Family Nurse Practitioner with a subspecialty in Women's Health. Dana's goal is to work with the LGBTQ and disabled communities to provide queer loving, disability friendly, and patient centered healthcare.
"I'm Just A Mom": A Discussion For Parents And The Autistic Community To Work Together
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