The Au-Some Conference

The Au-Some Conference in Hamilton Aug 20th (formerly The Autism Friendly)

Saturday, 20 August 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

McMaster Innovation Park – 175 Longwood Road South #105, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1

Every1Games, Autism Canada, and an amazing team of au-some spectrum adults have come together to bring you The Au-Some Conference. This event is an opportunity for autistic youth and adults to come to meet informally with other autistics, self-advocates, educators, students, support workers, and business owners to identify and plan action to combat societal barriers to education, employment and personal support.

The Au-Some Conference features autistic advocates Laura Nadine, Kelly Johnson, and Brandon Williams! Learn more about The Au-Somee Conference Speakers.

If you have questions or can offer a perspective on what it means to be autistic, join us!

  • outdoor courtyard
  • a multi-sensory environment
  • gaming room
  • Lunch and snacks will be available
  • judgement free

It was the first time in my life being surrounded by other autistics. It was the first time in my life I saw myself reflected in a group of other people. It made me feel real, valid and loved. – Past Participant

Conference schedule is below. If you are using a screen reader, there is a text version further below. Please note that you are free to move in and out of sessions as you wish. If you are not enjoying yourself or not getting something out the discussion, or are otherwise uncomfortable, you can leave at anytime and join a different session. You can always take a break in the game room or outdoor courtyard.

text version of schedule available below

ACCOMMODATIONS HOTEL: We have a limited number of rooms available at the Visitor’s Inn, 649 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 1A2. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the conference venue.

RESERVATIONS: We have a special conference rate of $129 for Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, 2016. To ensure this special rate please make your reservation by Friday, July 22, 2016. To reserve your room call 905-529-6979 or 1-800-387-4620 and ask for the Autism Canada Conference Block.

VENUE PARKING AND DIRECTIONS: Parking is available on site in the gated ‘Overflow’ (formerly Special Events) Parking Lot on North side of the building at a cost of $0.75 per hour or $6.00 per day.

GETTING THERE DRIVING: Take Aberdeen Avenue exit #69 off Highway 403.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Hamilton Street Railway bus stops outside the McMaster Innovation Park.

10:00 – 10:15 YVONNE SPICER
Opening Remarks – The person in control of your life is YOU!
10:15 – 10:30 KELLY JOHNSON
Topic A: Autism at Work
10:30 – 10:45 BRANDON WILLIAMS
Topic B: Sexual Health, Are We at Risk?
10:45 – 11:00 ZACHARY SMITH
Topic C: Building Your Social Network 30 MIN.
EXHIBITOR BREAK (11:00-11:30)
Topic A, B and C are discussed in more depth in 3 different rooms.
1 HR. LUNCH (12:30-1:30)
Topic D: Optimizing Autism Through Managing Your Health & Environment
Topic E – Self-Discovery and Successful Outcomes
2:00 – 2:15 GEORGES HUARD
Topic F – Interpreting People’s Emotions
30 MIN. EXHIBITOR BREAK (2:15-2:45)
Sessions D, E and F are discussed in more depth in 3 different rooms.
3:45 – 4:00 LAURA NADINE
Closing Remarks – “Let Me Fall A Legend”