The MOST Cutting-Edge Autism Conference of 2018 Starts in:
No matter if you are an autism parent, grandparent, partner, advocate, professional or in ANY way connected to an autistic child, teen or adult, the 2018 Love & Autism conference is for you! Our goal is simple: every human being needs love and human connection & we are creating a world where autistic people are valued and worthy.
Session Topics Include:
Autism and Empathy
The Courage to Be You
How to be a Friend
Autism & Self-Love
Learning To Love Myself, Quirks and All
Autism in the Media: Featuring Jenna Boyd from Netflix's 'Atypical'
Driving while Autistic
Strengthening Couple Relationships
Boundaries about our Bodies
Demystifying Special Education Law
Clay Marzo & Jill Marzo
Sally J. Pla
Dr. Jenny Palmiotto
Autism Therapist, PhD
Musical Acts & Entertainment
We value neurodivergent leaders and reject the pathology paradigm because the development of healthy autistic identities matters. We are proud to be the only conference in the United States that offers 100% autistic representation for our mainstage speakers & performers.
Community ○ Support ○ Answers
Love & Autism for Parents
Your child can live a full & meaningful life on the spectrum
An autism diagnosis is NOT a tragedy
Your child can make friends (and really wants to!)
Listening to autistic voices will support your understanding of what it means to live a full and meaningful life with autism.
The Love & Autism conference is one of the few conferences that centers autistic voices and creates a hospitable space for the autistic community to share knowledge with non-autistic parents and professionals. I see an authentic commitment here to shifting the discourse toward love and positivity, without shying away from difficult topics. Love & Autism is blazing a trail that I hope other conferences will follow.Nick Walker
Do you have an autistic teen that struggles with isolation, loneliness or bullying? You Belong” is a two-day experience for young people on the autistic spectrum, facilitated by Kyler Shumway M.A and Daniel Wendler M.A. Participants receive the opportunity to experience belonging and connection, form friendships, safely process past experiences of exclusion or rejection, and learn practical social skills that foster life-long social growth.
All are welcome, and participants are invited to participate as much as they like but never forced to engage in any activity.
Knowledge ○ Growth ○ Understanding
Love & Autism for Professionals
Learn from autistic adults
Rediscover the joy of your work
Learn from others in your field
At Love & Autism, we offer a unique experience where we can learn from autistic voices. We are one of the only conferences where the speakers are made of primarily autistic speakers.
What really stands out about the love and autism conference is that it offers parents, therapists, teachers and practitioners a chance to be directly mentored by autists themselves.That shouldn't be a rare thing, but sadly it is. Anyone who is serious about working in the field of neuro-difference should attend this conference.Rubert Isaacson
This conference was amazing. I learned so much I could use as a parent and a professional. I’m leaving inspired and renewed.Aisha Pope
My past is not too negative. The history of ups exceeds the downs by 100 to 1. I was so focused on the "1." I, now, look back on the few negative events and think "so what." I have never felt so confident looking forward.Autistic Self-Advocate
Thank you for holding this conference which is so full of love and understanding. It is so wonderful to hear the stories and lessons of the true experts on autism.Parent
My favorite conference by a long shot.Dr. Joshua Feder
Friendship ○ Authenticity ○ Belonging
Love & Autism for Autists
Find a community
Be a positive role model
In a world that often makes you fell not 'good enough', we invite you to find your true self and the power that comes with authentic living. You have found your safe space.
After going through boot camp and school at Liberty Station, to return there for Love and Autism was like awakening from a very bizarre dream, but it has helped galvanize my sense of community, brought an understanding of the diversity within neurodiversity and given me the chance to find my tribe. I want to express my gratitude to you for being a part of this experience.William Tole
Why this price point?
Our conference offers an honorarium and travel accommodations for all main stage speakers! All Love & Autism performers are also compensated for their time. We also value our Love & Autism volunteers, sponsors, and members. Without our community support, we would not be able to host an event like this. With 80%of our speaker identifying as on the spectrum, this is our commitment to fair wages for people with disabilities.