Celebrating Neurodiversity: Insights from an Autistic Educator and Self-Advocate

Presented at: The Inclusion Works! Virtual Conference
Presentation Date: October 26th, 2020
Presentation Slides: bit.ly/ND1020

Our understanding of autism has changed greatly over the past few decades. Once thought to be a rare disorder that primarily affected non-speaking boys, we now know that autism encompasses a wide spectrum of diverse individuals. Today, autistic people are writing books, speaking at conferences, and advocating for change worldwide. Self-advocates are tackling important topics like racism, autistic culture, and representations of autism in the media. Their unique perspectives add an exciting new dimension to the way we think about autism.

As educators, we can learn a lot from the insights of self-advocates, and we can use their stories to improve our teaching practices. We can make our schools and classrooms more autism-friendly and accessible, and we can discover new ways to celebrate differences and neurodiversity. Researchers are also discovering that autistic students benefit from connecting with other autistics.

Come learn about what the world of autism looks like today, from an autistic librarian and former special education teacher. You will leave with a variety of ideas for promoting and celebrating neurodiversity in your school and classroom.

Links to resources will be shared with attendees, including recommended websites, social media accounts to follow, and book lists for teachers and students.

Published by AdrianaLuisaWhite

Autistic school librarian and former special education teacher. MA Ed in Special Education and MLIS with a focus on Youth Services and Storytelling. I love learning about libraries, autism, books, and dinosaurs.

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