Paths to Autistic Empowerment

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Talks & Lectures

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Adults, Everyone
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As an autistic individual on his own personal journey to feeling empowered, and as a professional who has helped others on that journey, Jeremy K. Farrell has a unique insight into how autistic empowerment is cultivated. Going beyond a textbook description of the “do’s and don’ts” for working with or being an autistic individual, this presentation will encourage attendees to think critically about what they are learning and how it can beneficially affect their lives and the lives of those around them. There are many different paths towards empowerment based not only in our understanding of ourselves, but in common autistic experiences and treatment by the world. Being empowered will look very different for each autistic individual, but the paths to get there share two important commonalities: open communication and self-advocacy. By embracing these concepts we can take meaningful strides towards creating an effective environment for fostering autistic empowerment. Using examples from his personal and professional life, Jeremy will help attendees form a comprehensive understanding of the common barriers autistic individuals have with empowerment, and how to make the most of the paths to success.

About Jeremy K. Farrell
Jeremy K. Farrell is a passionate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Advocate and a proud person on the spectrum himself. He has been working with children with developmental disabilities, specializing in autism, since the age of 15. He has worked in a variety of settings related to autism including research, social skills groups, mentoring, tutoring, and more. Recently he has worked as a Certified Job Coach for the Connecticut Autism Waiver helping autistic adults build their own businesses and advocated for the autistic community through offering webinars and presentations built on what he’s learned through his personal and professional life. He recently had the opportunity to also work as a facilitator for the Tony Richards Leadership Academy Autism focused leadership training program.

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