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AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit 2018

SelfAdvocacy2018LogoWEBSept. 22, 2018

SummitPicWEBMore than 150 adults with autism registered for the AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit, and all contributed to the amazing event held yesterday at the University of St. Thomas. The Summit featured a keynote presentation, nine educational breakout sessions, 13 speakers, and a networking happy hour at The News Room. Sessions covered how to access benefits and support, managing negativity and finding pride in the face of stigma, anxiety and autism, achieving success in college and at work, finding and keeping friends as adults, and advocacy in action. In addition to gathering wisdom from speakers on the spectrum, participants collected resources from the AuSM Bookstore, networked with peers, and visited with vendors who support adults on the spectrum. Thank you to presenting sponsor, Anime Twin Cities, and our additional sponsors: Minnesota Independence College and Community, FIND Network - Autism Research Connections, Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC, and xStellar Corp. AuSM appreciates our speakers, volunteers, organizing committee, and participants, and we look forward to planning the 2nd Annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit for 2019!

AnimeTClogoThank you to Anime Twin Cities for sponsoring this important event for our community. AuSM is seeking additional sponsors to help make this event for our local autism community a huge success.


Overall Sponsor/Exhibitor: Anime Twin Cities
Break Sponsor/Exhibitor: Minnesota Independence College & Community
Exhibitor: FIND Network
Exhibitor: Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC
Exhibitor:  xStellar Inc.


Keynote Presentation
Navigating the Spectrum in a Neurotypical World presented by Erika Hammerschmidt and John Ricker - NO HANDOUTS

Breakout Session 1
1. Accessing Benefits and Supports presented by Jack Reagan
2. Managing Negativity: Finding Pride in the Face of Stigma presented by Olivia James
3. Asking the Right Questions: Affirmative Perspectives at the Intersection of Autism and Gender Identity presented by Rachel Becker-Warner, PsyD, LP

Breakout Session 2
1. Anxiety and ASD presented by Barb Luskin, PhD, LP
2. Finding Success on the Spectrum: A Panel About Work and College presented by Robert Waltz, John MacCormick, and Michelle Manson - NO HANDOUTS
3. Making the Most of Your Executive Function presented by Amy Carrison, PsyD, LADC

Breakout Session 3
1. Make New Friends: How to Find and Keep Friends as an Adult with ASD presented by Beth Pitchford, MA
    Social Pyramid
2. How to Change the World: Advocacy in Action presented by Jillian Nelson 
3. Surviving Sensory Dysfunction presented by Laura Dettloff