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Neurodiversity 101 & Autism Acceptance

Neurodiversity 101 & Autism Acceptance

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Provincial Outreach Program for Autism & Related Disorders

For parents, caregivers, family members, community professionals, and autistic adults

Presented by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD (she/they)

Tuesday, March 5 & Thursday, March 7 , 2024

Web Streaming Live to Anywhere in Canada

Recording available for two weeks after the conference, for all registrants.

Global Advocate Dr. Morénike Giwa Onaiwu will be giving two virtual presentations on “Neurodiversity 101” & “Autism Acceptance”. These two presentations will incorporate research, community-led efforts, nomenclature, and lived experiences via an intersectional lens.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn key principles of neurological diversity, including an overview of neurodiversity and neurodivergence, the neurodiversity movement, and related concepts
  • Analyze hallmarks of autism within the neurodiversity paradigm, including strengths and challenges
  • Explore strategies for reciprocal, respectful connection across neurotypes
  • Identify practical, inclusive strategies for communicating about autism that will aid in cultivating acceptance and empowerment


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Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD, MA (she/they)

Dr. Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is a global advocate, educator, disabled person of color, non-binary woman, and parent in a neurodiverse, multicultural, twice-exceptional serodifferent biological and adoptive family. A prolific writer and social scientist/activist whose work focuses on intersectional justice, meaningful community involvement, human rights, and inclusion, Morénike is recognized as a leader in various disability justice endeavors, including serving as founder/principal consultant of Advocacy Without Borders, a grassroots intersectional non-profit initiative offering DEIA, education, advocacy, keynotes/lectures, training, research, expert review, and related projects.

Morénike co-chairs the Equity, Justice, and Representation Advisory Committee of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) and is also a member of several executive boards, a collaborator with various like-minded organizations, and a highly sought after public speaker, trainer, and consultant who has presented at the White House, the United Nations, and numerous peer-reviewed international conferences.

Notable publications of Morénike’s include various chapter contributions and peer-reviewed articles as well as co-editing AWN’s groundbreaking anthologies Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity and the initial edition of All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism. Morénike, who has also been featured in the NY Times, NBC’s Today Show, the BBC, NPR, and other media outlets, is the author of the forthcoming Open Access monograph A Neurodiversity and Gentle Parenting Journey…in Color.

Session 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (PT)

Session 2: Thursday, March 7, 2024

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (PT)

Neurodiversity & Autism Acceptance will explore ideas related to understanding and integrating critical yet seemingly abstract concepts of neurodiversity and autism and related issues of significance. Topics will incorporate research, community-led efforts, nomenclature, and lived experiences via an intersectional lens.

Neurodiversity 101 & Autism Acceptance

(Both days): $75 – save $25

Neurodiversity 101

Individual Session rate: $50

Autism Acceptance

Individual Session rate: $50

*Last day to register is March 1, 2024

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Autism Funding

If you wish to use your child’s Autism Funding to pay for your registration, ACT can invoice the Autism Funding Branch directly. If you are paying in advance to be reimbursed, you must contact the Autism Funding Branch for approval first.

For information on how to register with your Autism Funding, visit Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Focus: Neurological diversity, the neurodiversity movement, Autism acceptance, and reciprocal connection across neurotypes.

For: Parents/caregivers/family members, Autistic youth and adults

Autism Specific?: Yes

Zoom captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided