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Date & Time:  Thursday, 10/8/20 4:00pm-6:00pm

Neither Created Nor Destroyed

Like energy, autism is an internal, natural force. Though often unseen, it is a vital component for sustaining life and its presence is manifested in a variety of ways. In the right circumstances, it has a seemingly unlimited capacity for growth and transformation, but if isolated, overextended, or misused, chaos ensues. Through an intersectional lens, this interactive keynote focuses on how to cultivate an environment to maximize its powerful energy.

About Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, MAMorénike Giwa Onaiwu

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, MA is a global self-advocate, educator and Autistic woman of color in a neurodiverse, serodifferent family. A prolific writer, public speaker, and social scientist/activist, their work focuses on narrative policy, meaningful community involvement, human rights, justice, and inclusion.

Morénike, a Black (Yoruba/Caboverdeano/American) Xennial and parent of six, is the Executive Programs & Innovation Director for the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network as well as a full-time faculty member at a state college. An avid collaborator and leader,  Morénike’s executive experience includes board membership of a number of organizations focused on addressing disparities, including consecutive terms co-chairing NIH-funded international cross-network clinical trials community advisory groups as well as co-chairing a large HRSA-funded municipal planning body.

A recipient of numerous awards, Morénike has been an invited speaker in the White House, at the United Nations Headquarters, and a keynote speaker and/or presenter at numerous peer-reviewed advocacy, education, disability, and research conferences. In addition to co-editing the first anthology of Autistic people of color, All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism, Morénike is also a co-editor of Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People On the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity from Beacon Press and a contributing author to several other books.

Morénike loves reading, writing, beaches, Steven Universe, and Dragonball Z & Super and can be followed and/or contacted at: MorenikeGO.com (website); @MorenikeGO (social media); MorenikeGO@rice.edu (email)

Date & Time:  Friday 10/9/20 9:00am-10:30am

When the World Turns Upside Down: Compassionate Self-Care

A foundation for understanding grief is introduced that allows for self-inquiry and self-repair.  Concepts of resilience are redefined in the context of role overload.  Compassionate ways to radically care for ourselves are proposed as we support our families during times of transition.

About Sabrina Vogler, LMSW, CPC, CEC, CGSSSabrina Vogler

Sabrina Vogler is a Certified Professional Coach, Executive Coach, and Grief Specialist in online private practice at Heart in the Moment Mindfulness Coaching, LLC.  Since beginning her career in 1995, she served as a licensed master social worker in hospice and other medical settings.  A formal student of mindfulness since 1999, Sabrina trained at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness under Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) co-founders Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff.  Sabrina is also credentialed with Dr. Brené Brown’s leadership company, Brave Leaders Inc.  Sabrina is a mother of twin boys, author, magazine contributor, teacher, guest lecturer, and consultant for mindfulness, self-compassion, grief, and leadership development.  


Date & Time:  Friday 10/9/20 11:00am-12:00pm

How Telehealth has Changed Caregiver Roles and Responsibilities in Healthcare in the Time of COVID-19

This presentation will highlight the ways that behavioral and medical services have been adapted to telehealth in the context of COVID-19. Time will be spent discussing the strengths and challenges of telehealth services for caregivers and providers. It will include tips to ensure telehealth sessions go smoothly, along with ways to reduce caregiver stress given the additional stressors that may arise with caregiver-mediated therapy approaches.

About Ally Jordan, PhDAlly Jordan

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center

Ally Jordan is a Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Jordan completed her graduate training at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and her pre-doctoral internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Jordan specializes in the assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder. She currently works in a number of DBP clinical and research programs, including facilitating caregiver-mediated interventions to address challenging behaviors, and interventions to promote social-communication and play skills in young children with ASD.

 

Date & Time:  Friday 10/9/20 1:00pm-2:00pm

Masks & Tasks: Strategies for Adjusting to the ‘New Normal’

This presentation will share considerations and strategies for children and young adults with coping and adjusting to the restrictions and procedures related to the “Era of COVID-19.” This talk will include a brief overview of some general issues and specific items such as establishing an adherence to new routines, teaching and learning new rules and skills, increasing engagement during various forms of instruction as well as parent/caregiver, home provider and school personnel support.

About Linda L. Matons, MALinda Matons

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center

Linda Matons brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of Developmental Disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Co-Morbid Mental Health Disorders. As a Behavior Specialist with the Community Consultation Program, she provides evidence-based technical assistance and training to schools, parents/caregivers, and community agencies. Her classroom and student-based consultation includes independent evaluation, functional behavior assessments, parent support, and staff development. Linda’s primary clinical work and research interests are in behavior analysis and the application of science to human behavior, including the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior. Linda focuses on the application of evidence-based practices in schools, local human service agencies, and across systems-level platforms.

Date & Time:  Saturday 10/10/20 9:00am-10:00am

The Healthcare Guide to Cultural Competence and the Autism Spectrum

The CATINA method address the cultural norms and behaviors of non-white consumers in the health field that are commonly overlooked and misdiagnosed. Cultural disparities in healthcare can create a pattern of inequality that crosses all socioeconomic factors. This presentation will review inclusive strategies and ways our communities can work to destigmatize mental health services.

About Catina Burkett, LCSW-S, ACSWCatina Burkett

Catina Burkett is a Bronx, New York native. She graduated from Columbia College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Her career in the mental health field started as a therapeutic counselor providing direct care to children with a vast array of mental, emotional, substance and behavioral health issues in Columbia South Carolina. In 2010 she completed her Master of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. After graduation she worked in a North Carolina Psychiatric Hospital as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker where she provided care to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population with co-occurring disorders. She worked with the United States Marines Corp in Camp Lejeune North Carolina for a nine-month period as civilian therapist for active duty Marines. Catina opened a private practice in Columbia South Carolina from February 2015-February 2017. In 2018 she discovered she is on the spectrum and has been advocating for research and mental health providers to recognize symptoms of autism in Black females.

Date & Time:  Saturday 10/10/20 11:00am-12:00pm

Honoring Our Goodbyes as We Say Hello

Join us for this unique opportunity as a community to validate how life has changed this year.  A framework is offered for giving ourselves permission to craft a life of intention as we look ahead to the future.

About Sabrina Vogler, LMSW, CPC, CEC, CGSSSabrina Vogler

Sabrina Vogler is a Certified Professional Coach, Executive Coach, and Grief Specialist in online private practice at Heart in the Moment Mindfulness Coaching, LLC.  Since beginning her career in 1995, she served as a licensed master social worker in hospice and other medical settings.  A formal student of mindfulness since 1999, Sabrina trained at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness under Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) co-founders Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff.  Sabrina is also credentialed with Dr. Brené Brown’s leadership company, Brave Leaders Inc.  Sabrina is a mother of twin boys, author, magazine contributor, teacher, guest lecturer, and consultant for mindfulness, self-compassion, grief, and leadership development.