Conferences, Webinars & Workshops
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AANE offers education, information, and support to our autism community throughout the world, whether you are an Autistic adult, a parent of an Autistic child, a professional, or a teen. Our programs include conferences, webinars, courses, and workshops, including some online and in-person offerings.
Financial Assistance: AANE recognizes that fees for these programs have changed. AANE can offer participants reduced and free program registration. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AANE holds two major conferences each year. The audience for both conferences is Autistic adults, family members of Autistic individuals, and professional who work with the autism community.
Winter / Spring – Jody Acford Conference on Public Supports for Autistic Adults
Topics covered during the conference:
- Understanding federal benefit programs – SSI
- Working and continuing to receive benefits
- Housing options
- Health insurance
- Vocational services
Fall – Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference
Past themes and keynotes have included:
- Autistic professionals transforming their fields
- Intersection of race, disability, and gender
- Social and economic inclusion, de-stigmatization and the successes of neurodiversity
Sponsorship opportunities for both conferences are available approximately four months prior to the conference.
Registration begins about three months prior to the conference date.
AANE’s 2023 Virtual Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference, 10/27/23, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Online
Join us for a vibrant, virtual gathering of Autistic individuals, their families, professionals, and allies to celebrate the richness of Autistic culture. This year's conference will deep dive into the world of autism from a cultural perspective while fostering understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for the unique experiences of Autistic individuals.
“I wanted to thank you, and AANE for offering such a valuable resource. I am currently taking driving lessons, and this webinar provided answers to all of the questions and concerns that I have.”– Autistic Adult
Webinars on a wide variety of topics of interest to the Autistic community are held roughly every other month. Expert speakers knowledgeable in the subject will answer questions posted in the chat from the audience during the live presentation.
Webinars are 90 minutes long and include a question and answer period. All webinars are recorded and can be rented and watched on AANE’s Vimeo channel.
AANE has over 180 webinars available to view on-demand. Topics include:
- Introduction to Autism
- Public Benefits
- Friends & Relationships
- Parents & Families
Workshops allow Autistic adults, teens, family members, and professionals to gain skills and a deeper understanding of autism and the Autistic community.
All workshops are:
- 90 minutes long
- no medical diagnosis required to attend
- single session registration except where noted
- $10 – $25 per session with financial aid available
For those new to autism, these introductory workshops are regularly repeated.
Intro to Autism for Adults: every other month
–presentation by an Autistic adult and ally
–discussion of common misconceptions
–exploration of Autistic identity
–common traits, strengths, and challenges
Hacks & Strategies for Adults (open to family): every other month
–follow-up to Intro to Autism
–covers ways adults can find the support they need
–discusses possible service providers and how to find them
–does not cover material in the annual benefits conference, which discusses federal and state benefits
Financial Literacy for Adults: twice a year, topics differ
Daily Living Series: twice a year
Employment Series: once a year
–Applying for a job
–Surviving your fist day / week
Parents and Caregivers
Intro to Autism for Caregivers of Autistic Children / Teens: every other month
–explores Autistic traits, strengths, and challenges
–addresses common misconceptions
–provides insight into your child’s neurotype
–prepares you with an informed mindset for raising an Autistic child
Strategies and Supports for Caregivers of Autistic Children / Teens: every other month
–practices ways parents and caregivers can find support they need
–discusses how to determine what your family needs
–provides possible service provider suggestions
–explores how to find service providers
IEP Workshop: three to four times per year
–information provided is not state specific
–addresses Autism-specific considerations for the parent input statement
–reviews common accommodations
–explains SMART goals
–outlines post-secondary transition planning
Daily Living Series: series runs twice per year with four sessions on various topics
–Managing Your Space
–Study Tips and Tricks
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