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The presentation in State College was a roaring success! We had over 40 people in attendance in the last session of a 2-day conference. It was a truly remarkable experience full of networking, shared stories, and a mutual connection among everyone there. I am grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to return again next year! Stay tuned for more surprises… the next few months will be full of amazing new adventures!
Mark your calendars for July 17th and 18th because I will be a presenter at the PaTTAN 2019 PA Community on Transition Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. The theme this year is “Ignite the Future! Sparking Engagement in Career Readiness” and I hope to do just that. I’m presenting “Paving a Path to Success: Self-Advocacy in Post-Secondary Life” on the second day in session H-02 if you’re interested. Here’s a link to the registration! Educators can get Act 48 credit hours for attending! Hope to see you there!!
Big Thank You to PNC Enable for bringing me in to speak today at your Lunch & Learn session! I enjoyed your thoughtful questions and kind words. I hope you all learned a lot and keep the advocacy spirit alive! Let’s do it again sometime! 🙂
If you’re in or around Pittsburgh this Friday, please consider coming to the Autism Speaks U Pitt Chapter’s Autism Advocacy Day. I’ll be speaking along with a couple who has an adult son on the spectrum. Take the opportunity to come and use us as resources for your homes, schools, and communities! Hope to see you there!
As I sit here, a camp counselor for the Point Park University Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP, in short), I think back to where I was 4-5 years ago when I was in the shoes of these intelligent and driven 11th and 12th graders. I recall how I earned my Eagle Scout rank 6 years ago today and how uplifting that feeling of accomplishment was. I remember 12-year-old me standing in front of a group of people the same age as the campers I’m working with, terrified but exhilarated to do my first speech on autism. In the grand scheme of life, I may just be starting out but the journey to get here was well worth the ride. I’ve given the ACAP students a piece of advice this week that many of my peers and mentors have given me along the way: Get out of your comfort zone, you never know what good it will do. For the past decade, I’ve lived up to that challenge every chance I get, and it has shaped me into who I am becoming. I challenge all of my followers and fellow innovators to do the same.
Founder, Talking 4 Autism