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Acceptance Matters is a virtual conference hosted by the North East Autism Society, with autistic speakers to mark Autism Acceptance Week. The event takes place on Thursday, 1 April from 9.30am. Places are limited, so please register to secure your place.

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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