Like us, you got into this business because you care. As clinicians, we believe that loving-kindness should guide us. That people aren’t a collection of behaviors. We invite you to take a leap of faith with us, as we ‘shift’ our attitudes and beliefs about autism. We need to adopt an “understand first” attitude, that will help the persons entrusted into our care understand that they are lovable and valuable just as they are. Where those that we serve, leave our care feeling like they matter and knowing that they will do wonderful things.
Behavior change matters. It’s just US who needs to change.
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. The following are former and upcoming speakers that have attended our conference.
Stephen Shore Ed. D.
John Elder Robison
Prof. Melanie Yergeau PhD.: Melanie Yergeau is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she teaches classes in disability studies, rhetoric, and digital humanities. Her book, Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness, was published by Duke University Press in 2017. Active in the neurodiversity movement, for many years she served on the boards of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) as well as the Autism National Committee (AutCom).
David Finch: Author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. David also a co-founded of Front Range Center for Neurodiversity, a global organization headquartered in Denver, providing lifelong inclusion opportunities for individuals with autism and Asperger’s.
Sally Pla: Sally J. Pla is an award-winning author of books for young people. Sally has worked as a business journalist and in public education. She is an #ownvoices writer who believes in kindness, respect, and the beauty of different brains.
Daniel Wendler: Diagnosed with Asperger in high school, Daniel now works as a social skills author to share what he’s learned with others. He’s written the books “Improve Your Social Skills” and “Level Up Your Social Life”, as well as the website ImproveYourSocialSkills.com. He has also advocated for autism awareness through presentations at TEDx University of Arizona, the Marbridge Foundation, and the Matthew Reardon Foundation Conference for Autism. Daniel holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology from George Fox University.