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Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Annual Conference With John Elder Robison - Order Your Tickets Today!
is running out to register for the South Carolina Autism Society's Annual
Conference featuring John Elder Robison as Keynote Speaker! Tickets are going
fast, so order yours today!
Date: Friday, October 7,
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 per person, includes lunch
John Elder Robison grew up with
Asperger’s Syndrome, and was undiagnosed until the age of 40. He nevertheless
lived an incredible life. In his new book Switched
On, he describes how a powerful brain therapy has allowed him to sense
others’ feelings, and claim a newfound emotional intelligence. A leading voice
on autism, he implores audiences to find strengths where others see weaknesses.
John Elder Robison is the
Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in
Williamsburg, VA. He is an active participant in the ongoing discussion of
ethical and legal issues relating to autism therapy, services, and
intervention. He is particularly interested in improving quality of life for
those people living with autism today—both autistic people and family members.
He’s been a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US
Department of Health and Human Services, and he serves on other boards for the
US National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and private
organizations. He’s co-founder of a high school program for teens with
developmental challenges in Springfield, MA.
Keynote Topic:Hiring on the
Spectrum: Neurodiversity at the Workplace
People with autism often have
special skills, especially in the fields of math, engineering, and technology.
In this talk, John Elder Robison shares his story of life on the autism
spectrum and as the founder of the only program that teaches a trade to special
education students in a real-world environment. He reveals why companies should
take an active role in hiring the neurodiverse, and navigates the benefits and
pitfalls for both employer and employee. We can harness people’s special
skills, he says, by looking for gifts instead of limitations. There’s much to
be gained—for your bottom line, for the autistic person you employ, and for
society at large—when hiring someone on the spectrum.