Nurturing Invisible Superpowers: A Conference On Neurodiversity

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Nurturing Invisible Superpowers: A Conference On Neurodiversiy

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This Conference will explore the wide range of neurodiversity that exists in our communities. The conference seeks to promote a shared understanding of neurodiversity: a concept where neurological (brain development) differences are recognized and respected as variations rather than disorders, like any other human differences. Speakers will share evidence-based information as well as practical strategies that can be implemented into daily life. Participants will be able to select from a variety of sessions to meet their own learning needs.

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Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1200 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Thomas Armstrong

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker who has been an educator for over forty-five years. Over 1.4 million copies of his books are in print in English on issues related to learning and human development. His books include: If Einstein Ran the Schools, Neurodiversity in the Classroom, You’re Smarter Than You Think, and The Power of the Adolescent Brain. His books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Dr. Armstrong has given over 1000 keynotes, workshop presentations, and lectures on six continents in 29 countries over the past 33 years.

Dori Zener

Dori Zener, MSW, RSW Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, has been working with families affected by autism, learning disabilities, ADHD and intellectual disabilities for over fifteen years. Her clinical practice Dori Zener & Associates champions Neurodiversity and autism acceptance. As an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Dori uses evidence-based therapy techniques to help each client achieve their goals and enhance their lives. She works with individuals across the lifespan, and has expertise supporting autistic girls and women. Dori presents regularly at conferences on the topic of autism and mental health.

Dori is the founder and co-facilitator of Asperfemme Toronto, a free support group for adult women with official/self-diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Members meet monthly to validate, inform and support each other, and to foster friendships and social contacts.

Margaret Newberry Jones

Dr. Margaret Newbury Jones has been working in the disability field for her entire career, 25+ years and counting. She is known for her easy-going manner and facilitating fantastic, interactive workshops with self-advocates, professionals, paraprofessionals and families. She operates SHADE Consulting and Counselling (www.shadeconsulting.ca) based in Kelowna. She provides individual counselling, team consultations, training workshops, and whatever else she can think of. She works specifically with folks with IDD including those living with FASD, autism, mental illness and those who have experienced trauma. She also works with families and support teams. She loves to work with folks with complex needs and their teams; being compassionately curious comes naturally to her. She worked as a special education teacher in the public system for 15 years and has been providing sexuality education and counselling since then.

Jay Goddard

Jay, BA, Med, is currently a lecturer in the school of Social Work & Human Services at Thompson Rivers University. He recently relocated to the Kamloops Campus from Williams Lake. He has over 30 years of experience teaching and supporting neuro-diverse individuals in classroom, vocational and community settings. His interest in FASD AND neurodiversity began in the Mid 1990s and has led to the development and delivery of Introductory courses in FASD and ASD for frontline practitioners in Human Service and Educational Support. He has presented locally, provincially and internationally on FASD education, and neuro-diversity awareness. Jay is also the parent of three beautiful talented neuro-diverse children who continue to teach him new lessons about being different in a neurotypical world.

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