Sunday, June 1, 2008

Autreat 2008

The 2008 Autreat conference, to be held June 23-27 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, will feature presentations by several well-known autistic self-advocates, including Ari Ne'eman and Scott Robertson of ASAN, Alex Plank of Wrong Planet, Sola Shelly and Ronen Gil of the Autistic Community of Israel, Autreat organizer Jim Sinclair, and Autism Hub blogger Joel Smith. In addition, assistive technology specialist Barbara Stern Delsack and occupational therapist Susan J. Golubock will be discussing therapy and adult services, and Janis Oberman will address the problem of discriminatory practices in the social service system in California and elsewhere.

As described on the conference's website, Autreat is an opportunity for autistic people and those with related developmental differences, our friends, and supporters to come together, discover and explore autistic connections, and develop advocacy skills, all in an autistic-friendly environment. Family members and professionals are welcome to attend, but the structure and content of this event will be determined by the interests and sensibilities of autistic people.

Those who plan to donate to the Autreat scholarship fund or to apply for an Autreat scholarship are requested to do so as soon as possible.

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