BONUS Episode-Empowering Autistic Voices: Nigel Rising on the Inaugural Autistica Palooza Conference

THE SJ CHILDS SHOW

Apr 4 2024 • 23 mins

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Imagine navigating life's complexities with the vibrant mind of an autistic individual, then channeling that experience into a beacon for others on a similar journey. That's precisely what Nigel Rising, founder of Autistic Women Emerging, accomplished with the launch of Autistica Palooza, a conference celebrating autistic women. In our latest episode, we're honored to host Nigel as he shares the leaps and bounds from his personal diagnosis of autism and ADHD to spearheading a groundbreaking event. Delving into real-world issues like the workplace struggles faced by autistic individuals, this gathering promises to be an enlightening forum, featuring speakers such as Jennifer Cook from Love on the Spectrum and Ludmilla Praslova with her Canary Code.

Transitioning to adolescence can be a tumultuous chapter, even more so for autistic teens navigating a world that often misunderstands them. In the heart of our conversation, Nigel and I discuss the pivotal role of mentorship and community in providing support during these vital years. With an enthusiastic preview of Autistica Palooza’s panel aimed at connecting these youngsters with successful autistic professionals, we underscore the importance of role models in diverse fields. Additionally, we celebrate the fusion of art and autism, showcasing Amanda Hebert Hughes' artistic contributions to the conference, further testifying to the power of inclusive expression and practical support for the autistic community. Join us for this compelling episode that uncovers the dedication behind a conference intent on amplifying autistic voices and fostering empowerment.

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