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AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit

SelfAdvocacy2018LogoWEBSept. 21, 2019

The 2nd Annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit will include a keynote presentation and breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive function, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for autistics by autistics. 

NEW this year!
For those who aren't able to attend in person, AuSM is pleased to offer an online streaming option of this year's keynote presentation. For a $10 registration fee, you will have access to a livestream of the keynote presentation and be given a link to a recording after the event.

Union Depot
St Paul, MN 55101

To view the full registration brochure, click here.


2019 AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit Schedule of Events

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, AuSM Bookstore, and Exhibits Open

8:30-9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation
Unintentional Advocacy: Building Community Through Self-Acceptance by Olivia James

9:30-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45-10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1
The Importance of Good Self Care to Do Effective Self-Advocacy: Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB
Autism and Chemical Dependency: Angie Loving-DeCoster
Alternatives to Masking: Living Authentically As An Autistic Person in a World That Says You Are Wrong: Elizabeth Scheel-Keita

10:45-11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Breakout Sessions 2
Advocating for Yourself Within the Mental Health System: Jillian Nelson, Beth Pitchford, and Barb Luskin
The Autistic Parent: Successfully Navigating Self-Care, Parenting, and Partnership: Aja Jones
The Power of Presuming Competence: Meghana Junnuru, Chetan Junnuru, and Indu Eati

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch (bring your own or purchase at nearby restaurants)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions 3
Building Autistic Pride: Janine Brooks and Mara Fritts
Organize Your Life, Organize Your Mind: Stephanie Kabachenko
Find Your Resilience: Dawn Johnson

2:35-3 p.m. Special Interest Introduction Olivia James and Jillian Nelson

3-4 p.m. Special Interest Breakout Sessions
Autism Research
Community Building 
Day Debrief 

Accommodations and Accessibility
AuSM strives to make every event accessible to its full community. To help ensure that the Self-Advocacy Summit is accessible to all, we ask that participants refrain from wearing perfumes and scents. In addition, AuSM will provide a quiet room for those who need to take a break, all rooms will be mobility accessible, all speakers will be required to use a microphone, index cards will be available for people to write questions if they prefer not to speak out loud, pronoun and socialization stickers will be available, and we will have a variety of fidgets available in the AuSM Bookstore. If you have additional accessibility needs, please contact Olivia James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attending with a Direct Service Provider
DSPs may attend with their clients at no additional cost as long as they are assisting client needs throughout the Summit.

Self-Advocacy Summit 2019 Sponsors Needed
Reach adults with autism with messaging about your product or service by sponsoring the 2nd Annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit. Click here for more information.

Break Sponsor
Schromen Law, LLC

Coffee Sponsor
Caribou Coffee

2019 Exhibitors
Bethesda Lutheran Communities 
Center for Autism and Related Disorders
FIND Network
Partners In Community Supports (PICS)
Plymouth Psych Group
Schromen Law, LLC