Autism is diagnosed in 1 out of 160 people worldwide. But the numbers go beyond the individual who is diagnosed. There are moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, teachers and employers who are also touched by autism. So chances are, there is or will be someone on the autism spectrum directly in your life. This means there are things that you need to know to create a successful, supportive and productive environment for everyone.
Consider the following information from the World Health Organization:
Evidence-based psychosocial interventions, such as behavioural treatment and parent skills training programmes, can reduce difficulties in communication and social behaviour, with a positive impact on wellbeing and quality of life for persons with ASD and their caregivers.
Interventions for people with ASD need to be accompanied by broader actions for making physical, social and attitudinal environments more accessible, inclusive and supportive.
Worldwide, people with ASD are often subject to stigma, discrimination and human rights violations. Globally, access to services and support for people with ASD is inadequate.
Understand more about autism and learn how to create high functioning teams. I can help your organization actually thrive and benefit by having someone with autism in your organization.
WHAT I WILL GIVE YOUR TEAM
My speaking engagements are down-to-earth, entertaining and informative. Drawing from personal experiences, I share my stories and knowledge and provide practical advice and information to help ANYONE whose life has been touched by someone with autism. I connect to others in a way that only someone who has walked the walk can do.
WHO I’VE WORKED WITH
Some of the Canadian and US groups and organizations I’ve had the pleasure of presenting for include:
Jennifer always delivers a heartfelt presentation chock-full of ready-to-use ideas that educate and empower parents and professionals alike. Her workshops and books are too good to miss!
Leslie Rotsky, Milestones
Jennifer’s welcome guidance for grandparents about how to support their grandchildren with special needs and also how to use their experience to support their own children as they negotiate the challenges each family of a child with a disability faces was instructive and powerful. Stronger family networks support better individual outcomes and builds strong inclusive communities. Her message is vital for families and professionals as well.
Donna M. Owens, Program Director OCALI Family Center, OCALI
I’D LOVE TO SPEAK AT YOUR NEXT EVENT
My personal experiences in the world of parenting and educating individuals with autism will shift your perspective, motivate your group and challenge individuals to be the best that they can be for individuals with autism.