The 2019  

  Love & Autism Conference  

   Autism Parents, Professionals & Advocates Learning Together  

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The 2019 Love & Autism Conference

Autism Parents, Professionals & Advocates Learning Together

The MOST Cutting-Edge Autism Conference of 2019 Starts in:

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Our goal is simple: every human being needs love and human connection & we are creating a world where autistic people are valued and worthy. The annual Love & Autism conference is a safe space for autism parents, professionals & advocates to learn and grow together.

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Keynote Presenters

David Finch

Author, Speaker

Samantha Craft

Author

Noah Cummins

Singer, Songwriter

Becca Lory Hector

Advocate, Consultant, Speaker, Author

David Savarese (DJ)

Activist, Author, Producer

Jenny Palmiotto

Founder of Love & Autism

Cassandra Nelson

Artist, Advocate

Melanie Boudreau

Author

John Marble

Advocate

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 ○ Liberty Station Conference Center ○ San Diego, CA

Adult Ticket: $199 ○ Teen Ticket: $170 ○ Special Discounts for Members of Love & Autism

Why this price point?

We value neurodivergent leaders and reject the pathology paradigm because the development of healthy autistic identities matters. We are proud to offer 100% autistic representation for our mainstage speakers & performers.

Community ○ Support ○ Answers

Love & Autism for Parents

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Your child can live a full & meaningful life on the spectrum

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An autism diagnosis is NOT a tragedy

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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.

A Love & Autism attendee finds a friend and mentor in Alex Plank. Alex is the founder of wrongplanet.net, the largest online forum for autistic individuals in the world. 

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

Friendship ○ Inclusion ○ Belonging

Love & Autism for Teens

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Experience belonging and connection

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Safely process past experiences of exclusion or rejection

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Learn practical social skills

Do you have an autistic teen that struggles with isolation, loneliness or bullying? "You Belong” is a unique experience for young people on the autism spectrum.

 

Teen attendees at "You Belong". 

Both of my teenage kids attended the teen track. At the end of the first day my son started crying when I told him it was time to leave. He said he didn't want to leave because it was "just like heaven". My daughter also expressed similar sentiments. It meant so much to them to have an environment where they were genuinely respected, valued, and cared for in an authentic way. Thank you for giving me and my kids a vision of what we can endeavor to create in our community and in the world.

Heather Daglish

Parent

Knowledge ○ Growth ○ Understanding

Love & Autism for Professionals

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Learn from autistic adults

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Rediscover the joy of your work

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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.

 

Alex Plank, founder of wrongplanet.org & autistic self-advocate talks to 2016 speaker & acclaimed author, Steve Silberman.

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 shouldnt be a rare thing but sadly it is. Anyone who is serious about working in the fiend 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

Parent, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Roots & Wings Consulting

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

Child and Family Psychiatrist, Learn More

Friendship ○ Authenticity ○ Belonging

Love & Autism for Autists

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Find a community

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Live authentically

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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. 

Find Your Tribe at the 2019 Love & Autism conference.

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

Ever felt like the stuff that is out there about autism and autistic people is tired and old? Ever felt judged and criticized for who you are? Do you wish for more place where you are respected and appreciated as your authentic self? Do you wish the world was a kinder & more understanding place for your autistic loved one?

We hear you.

We know these struggles.

We have created this place at Love & Autism. We are Wild & Free.

We are wildly appreciative of neurodiversity & free to embrace all human beings.

We have wildly positive ideas for changing our world & the freedom to reject the pathology paradigm, ableism, and low expectations.

We are wildly compassionate to the struggles, discrimination, and trauma that many autistic people endure & free to create safe autistic space where everyone belongs.

We are wildly kind to all ways of loving & free to be our authentic selves in our relationships.

We are wildly optimistic that every person can grow & feel free to love ourselves for exactly who we are today.

We are Wild & Free.

Join us. Learn and embrace wild new ideas & be free to be you.

See you at the conference!

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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.

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