The Nebraska ASD Network will be hosting its annual state conference on April 9 and 10 at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney, NE.
This conference is a must-attend event covering the latest information and research on autism spectrum disorders to approximately 800-900 attendees. It is an excellent networking opportunity for educators, family members, administrators, and individuals on the autism spectrum.
This conference will feature a wide variety of informative sessions presented by local experts as well as some national autism speakers, including AAPC author Stephen Shore, PhD, who will be one of the keynote speakers and also conduct three separate sessions.
His keynote, Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View, takes the audience on an autobiographical journey where they are introduced to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. Major areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment. The session ends with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.
In another session, Success With Autism: Using our Strengths for Achieving a Fulfilling and Productive Life – Just like Everyone Else, Stephen takes an in-depth look at how people with ASD build fulfilling and productive lives. Drawing from his own experiences as well as those of others on the autism spectrum, Stephen will discuss practical solutions in the areas of education, relationships, employment, self-advocacy, and disclosure, maximizing the potential of people both on and off the autism spectrum.
Finally, in Bullying: Practical Solutions for Eradicating Bullying for Individuals With Autism and Other Special Needs, Stephen focuses on what many people with autism experience from childhood to adulthood, bullying. Bullying can result in life-long negative implications such as lowered self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, and depression. This presentation will inform parents, educators, clinicians, and others on how to identify and eradicate bullying on the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels.
Stephen Shore, PhD, is the author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences With Autism and Asperger Syndrome, which combines three voices to create a touching and highly informative resource for professionals as well as individuals with ASD. Stephen is also the editor of Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, which is written completely by individuals with ASD that helps those on the autism spectrum effectively self-advocate as they peruse independent, productive and fulfilling lives.
To learn more about the Nebraska ASD Network and the annual conference, click here.