Last week, in the midst of the Texas Snowpocalypse, I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in a multi-session online event/conference on neurodiversity called AUTCamp Off, coordinated by my colleagues and friends at Neuropeculiar, an organization run by Autistic activists based in Italy with members throughout southern Europe. I’ve been collaborating with the folks at Neuropeculiar for almost a year, helping with English translation of subtitles for their videos and working on joint projects of various sorts. I was especially honored to have them reach out to me to join panels on parenting and workplace neurodiversity as part of this virtual mini-conference.
I may blog about the workplace session later, since it was definitely very interesting, though I can’t say that my contribution was especially brilliant. But I first want to focus on the first session, called "Genitorialità, autismo, e autismi" (Parenting, autism/autisms), during which I joined Alice Sodi, President of Neuropeculiar and Tiziana Naimo, author of the brilliant neurodiversity information and humor site Bradipi in Antartide (sloths in Antarctica) -- both Autistic mothers of multiple Autistic children; Katjuscia Zof, who like me is the mother of a nonspeaking verbal Autistic daughter, and is a stunning writer and Facebook-blogger about her experiences parenting and otherwise; and critical disability studies scholar / sociologist Alice Scavarda.
The YouTube video of the session, above, has English as well as Italian subtitles.
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