Acceptance Matters

Acceptance Matters is a virtual conference hosted by the North East Autism Society. Featuring a panel of autistic speakers, the conference will cover the topics of autistic wellbeing, autism and employment, communication as autistic parents, and understanding autistic experience.

The event takes place on Thursday, 16th May from 9.30am. Places are limited, so please sign up to secure your place by clicking the button below or choosing "Book tickets" from the navigation menu above.

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Presentation overview: Fostering a positive autistic identity

Presenter: Dr Chloe Farahar 

Dr Chloe Farahar, an Autistic academic, discusses the importance of moving away from a pathologised, medical “culture of autism” to the positive Autistic identity that can be found via Autistic culture, community, and space, demonstrating how this narrative switch improves wellbeing. 

The talk will cover:

  • Growing up Autistic 
  • What is “autism” and what is Autistic experience?
  • Busting myths 
  • The “culture of autism” vs. Autistic Culture 
  • Fostering a positive Autistic identity via culture, community, and spaces for wellbeing

About the presenter

Dr Chloe Farahar: Dr Farahar is an Autistic academic whose research interests revolve around her Autistic specialisations (not “special interests”). Her specialisations include: reducing mental health stigma with a neurodiversity script Stigmaphrenia© (Farahar, 2012); supporting Autistic people with her co-founded So, You’re Autistic? post-diagnostic support programme; reimagining the spectrum as a three-dimension Autistic space; and educating both Autistic and non-autistic learners about Autistic experience in her training courses and on her co-founded educative platform Aucademy.

Find out more about Dr Chloe Farahar