9:30 Participants can log in
10:00 Introduction to Integral by Scott Allen
10:10 Keynote Speaker: Nicki Vander Meulen
10:50 Overview of Day's Itinerary
11:15 Round #1 Breakout Sessions
1:00 Break for Lunch
1:45 Round #2 Breakout Sessions
3:45 Round #3 Breakout Sessions
5:30 Break for Dinner & Social Time
8:00 Conference Concludes
Round #1: A) Employment; B) Medical Health; C) Societal & Political Trends
Round #2: A) Financial Hardship; B) Mental Health; C) Support Services & Resources
Round #3: A) Legal Issues; B) Social Justice; C) Cultural Norms & Expectations
There are invisible barriers between groups within the autism community, especially between adults on the spectrum and adults not on the spectrum. This has led to a persistent lack of any coherent sense of community or shared purpose by adults on the spectrum in our region. INTEGRAL seeks to address these issues by bringing adults on the spectrum and many other key players in their lives together to listen and learn from the experiences, concerns, and goals of adults on the spectrum while those adults actively learn from, and place themselves within, the larger context of these key players’ roles.
INTEGRAL emphasizes that adults on the spectrum need and deserve a model of growth and dignity, not of deficit and disorder, to best pursue their potential and be integrated members of their community. It also emphasizes that adults on the spectrum have existential concerns that are too often ignored or inadequately addressed, often in favor of training for skills that will make them more similar to other people, without exploring or promoting an understanding of purpose, legitimacy, hope, and dignity about their roles in society. INTEGRAL recognizes adults on the autism spectrum as full people who deserve, whenever possible, to be taught how to actively pursue growth and personal goals, not to absorb the inadvertent message that they are unable to do more than passively allow others to support them.
The INTEGRAL Adult Autism Conference helps to fill this major gap by inviting adults on the autism spectrum and the other stakeholders of the autism community to engage with each other directly, openly, and honestly. INTEGRAL is an opportunity for our autism community to truly be a community on important issues of social & cultural factors, economic & employment factors, and identity & justice factors. Other stakeholders are vital to these discussions, and you are encouraged to attend if you are a parent of a person on the autism spectrum, a researcher, clinician, therapist, educator, support worker, legislative advocate, business leader, and/or a member of law enforcement. INTEGRAL promotes the exchange of important ideas, experiences, roles, and proposals across all of these groups in the autism community.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, INTEGRAL is testing a new “panel-table” format. In each breakout session, several expert participants will, along with a moderator, serve as leaders within a larger, free-flowing conversation. Instead of the top-down approach of presenters delivering information followed by time for questions, the panel-table approach will allow general participants to describe what challenges and concerns are unfolding in their lives, followed by input, context, advice, or resources from both expert participants and other general participants. Our goal is to have casual, customized, informative conversations that will directly help Wisconsin’s adults on the autism spectrum survive this pandemic, whether medically, mentally, financially, or otherwise.
Presented by the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin