Thank you, everyone, for making the 2021 INTEGRAL Adult Autism Conference a success. This past year's conference generated honest, constructive conversations about difficult issues in the lives of autistic adults, and spread insights about several of the major challenges that we face every day. Autistic adults and non-autistic parents and professionals came together to learn and collaborate with each other in a non-judgemental environment, where autistic adults are respected as equals and as leaders of their own lives.
Together, all of you who attended the 2021 INTEGRAL conference helped our community begin moving away from a top-down model of distributing information from "helper" to "helped" and toward a truly community-led effort to establish, understand, creatively engage with, and plan for action on the complex personal, social, and cultural problems - and possibilities - of life as autistic adults. Thank you again, and we hope to have all of you - and many others! - attend our next conference in autumn of 2022.
INTEGRAL is an autism conference like no other. It puts adults on the autism spectrum front and center, not as a subject for others to discuss, but to come together and exchange perspectives with non-autistic professionals and parents so that everyone can learn from each other.
Have a connection to autism? We want you there. All stakeholders of the autism community are invited to attend – adults on the spectrum, parents, support workers, researchers, clinicians, therapists, educators, social workers, disability advocates, law enforcement, and business leaders, among others. The biggest goal of INTEGRAL is to get lots of perspectives sharing ideas, educating each other, and forging a stronger community through direct interaction.