Autism National Committee (AUTCOM) Annual Conference 2012

The Autism National Committee (AUTCOM) Annual Conference 2012 kicks off on October 5 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel will host the two-day event. Partners for the 2012 AUTCOM conference include the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE), the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN).

“Autism: Moving Forward” is the theme for AUTCOM 2012. Keynote presenters and topics for this year’s event include:

Scott Michael Robertson: “Empowering Autistic Rights and Reframing the Autism Narrative: The Right to Communicate and Self-Advocate for Life Opportunities” Scott Michael Robertson, MHCI, Ph.D. candidate (ABD) is an autistic adult and disability rights leader. The presentation will focus on how to empower autistic adults and youth. The discussion will describe approaches to achieve this goal by bolstering their communication and self-advocacy.

Jennifer Paige Seybert: “Imagine…” Jennifer Paige Seybert recently completed a Master’s degree in Disability Studies at Syracuse University and a New York Certification in Advanced Studies. Ms. Seybert will talk about how individuals with disabilities were previously cared for, looked upon and educated, about the limited gains made in the past twenty years which have resulted in individuals still not envisioned as having competence, and about criterion necessary for society to change attitudes.

Marilyn Chadwick: “How Is It That You Move?” Marilyn Chadwick is a Speech-Language Pathologist, former Director of Training at the Institute for Communication and Inclusion, Feldenkrais practitioner and holder of a certificate in Neurologic Music Therapy. Drawing on disciplines of rhythm, body organization and the use of reflexes, Ms. Chadwick will describe the foundations of movement and how those foundations lead to gestures, facial expression, pointing and speaking. She will also explore the role of touch in facilitating effective, intentional movement.

Matthew Moore: “Situated Functioning: An Approach to Addressing Problems of Living” Matthew Moore is a Doctoral Candidate in the History of Consciousness Department, UC Santa Cruz. Mr. Moore will review how assessments of ‘individual functioning’ have relied on assumptions of intelligence and sociability as enduring, inflexible personal traits, without attention to the enabling or disabling effect of social and other contexts.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the AUTCOM Annual Conference 2012 website.

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