A List of My Presentations + Appearances (From The Very Beginning…)

 

 

2020

 

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events were cancelled. They will still appear on the list but will be stricken out and declared as cancelled events.

 

January 2020 – Anime-ZAP! 2020, East Peoria, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  An Anime and Disney Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom”

Also performed during the Cosplay Masquerade Halftime Show.

 

January 2020 – Ohayocon 2020, Columbus, Ohio.

“Asexuality in the Anime Fandom”

 

January 2020 – 26th Annual CARD Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Life Skills Instruction Strategies from the Anime Fan Community: An Overview

 

January 2020 – Angler’s Cove, Port of the Islands Resort, Naples, Florida.

Performed during an Open Mic night with fellow musician Garrett Sommerfeld and others.

 

February 2020 – Kanpai! Con 2019, Omaha, Nebraska.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  An Anime and Disney Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom”

Also performed during the Cosplay Masquerade Halftime Show.

 

February 2020 – Anime Milwaukee 2020, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism and Anime”

Panel 2:  “Asexuality and Anime”

 

February 2020 – Anime Crossroads 2020, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Assisted several vendors in the Exhibit Hall during the convention’s takedown.

 

February 2020 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s 2020 Annual Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Attended the meeting.

 

March 2020 – 20th Anniversary of Steps for Autism in Minnesota, Edina, Minnesota.

A poster featuring my story was part of the Steps of Possibilities gallery during the event. I also volunteered at the event.

 

March 2020 Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD)’s Winter Webcast Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin.

Attended the in-person event.

 

March 2020 – National TACA Autism Conference – East Coast, Dunwoody, Georgia.

“Biomedical Issues From An Autistic Perspective: How Do We Experience Them?”

 

March 2020 – myLIFE Adults with Autism Social Group, Emory Autism Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

This event was cancelled.

 

March 2020 – Autism Society of America’s Seminar at the Disability Policy Summit 2020, Washington, District of Columbia.

This event was cancelled.

 

March 2020 – Disability Policy Summit 2020, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia.

This event was cancelled.

 

April 2020 – Anime Detour 2020: Back to Old School, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 3: “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom” – open only to individuals aged 18 or older.

This event was cancelled.

 

April 2020 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Club’s Weekly Meeting, Bloomington, Indiana.

Gave a virtual presentation to the group about a forthcoming survey on autism awareness that is being created by a team of special education professors at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

April 2020 – Anime Boston 2020, Boston, Massachusetts.

I was planning to volunteer at this event, but it was cancelled.

 

April 2020 – No Brand Con XIX, Chula Vista Resort + Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 3: “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom” – open only to individuals aged 18 or older.

This event was cancelled.

 

April 2020 – 2020 Heartspring for Autism CARE Walk, Wichita, Kansas.

This event was remade as a virtual event and I attended virtually.

 

April / May 2020 – Autism Society of Minnesota + Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Virtual Conference: Stronger Together 2020.

Addressing Complex Behaviors Associated with Autism” – with Dr. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan and Erin Farrell.

 

May 2020 – Anime Central (aCen) 2020, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 3: “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom” – open only to individuals aged 18 or older.

This event was cancelled.

 

May 2020 – AutismOne 2020, Rosemont, Illinois.

This event was remade as a virtual event and I attended virtually.

 

May 2020 – Animinneapolis 2020, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Panel 1: “An Anime and Disney Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Autism in the Anime Fan Community: An Overview”

Panel 3: “Disability Awareness with Mickey Mouse and Cat Noir”

This event has been cancelled.

 

June 2020 – The 22nd Annual Family Café: 2020 Visions for our Future, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation 1: “The Anime Connection: Exploring the Social Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities from the Anime and Gaming Communities” – with Hailey Buxton and Rose Ruiz.

 

Presentation 2:  Self-Advocacy Isn’t Just About Ourselves: A Guide to Speaking Up for People with Various and Differing Disabilities” – with Narottam Cecil, Rebecca Marshall, and Kenzie Stoss.

 

This event was remade into a virtual event and I presented virtually with my co-presenters.

 

June 2020 – Community of Practice (C.o.P.) in Rhode Island’s June Meeting, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island.

Attended the meeting.

 

June 2020 – Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin’s 2020 Virtual Autism Gala: Transitions into Adulthood, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Attended the virtual gala.

 

July 2020 – Anime Midwest, Rosemont, llinois.

Panel 1:  Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  An Anime and Disney Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  Asexuality in the Anime Fandom”

This event was cancelled.

 

July 2020 – Whinny City Pony Con 2020, Schaumburg, Illinois.

Panel 1: “Asexuality in the My Little Pony Fandom”

Panel 2: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru My Little Pony”

This event was remade as a virtual event and I presented virtually.

 

July 2020 – Indy PopCon, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Anime Connection: Exploring the Social Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities from the Anime and Gaming Communities” –

with Hailey Buxton and Rose Ruiz.


This event was remade into a virtual event and I presented virtually with my co-presenters.

 

 

 

2019

 

January 2019 – Anime-ZAP! 2019, East Peoria, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Also performed during the Cosplay Masquerade Halftime Show.

 

January 2019 – Ohayocon 2019, Columbus, Ohio.

Staffed the convention.

 

January 2019 – 26th Annual CARD Conference, Orlando, Florida.

“Social Opportunities for Individuals with Autism via Online, Tabletop, and Video Gaming: An Overview

 

January 2019 – Miami, Florida.

Was featured on the website radio show “Beyond the Chair,” hosted by Kat Magnoli and Doug Longhini, based in South Florida.

 

February 2019 – 24th Annual Tools for Success Family Conference, Jacksonville, Florida.

Keynote Presentation: “Are You There, World? It’s Me, Disability”

Breakout Presentation: “What To During an Autism Cataclysm” – with self-advocate Serena Wetmore.

 

February 2019 – Kanpai! Con 2019, Omaha, Nebraska.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Also performed during the Cosplay Masquerade Halftime Show.

 

February 2019 – Anime Milwaukee 2019, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism and Anime”

Panel 2:  “Anime Recorder Show”

Panel 3:  “Disabilities and Anime”

 

February 2019 – Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities’ Community of Practice Winter Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

February 2019 – Chisago County Work Skills Day, North Branch, Minnesota.

Gave the “kickoff keynote” presentation prior to the Work Skills Day competition.

 

March 2019 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s Steps for Autism in Minnesota, Edina, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the event.

 

March 2019 – Elkhorn Area High School, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

“What To Do During An Autism Cataclysm”

 

March 2019 – 2019 Spartans Connect: Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois.

Public Transportation in Northbrook and the Chicago Metro Area 101

 

March 2019 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Social Club, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana.

Hosted an event during the club’s monthly Game Night.

 

March 2019 – National TACA Autism Conference – East Coast, Dunwoody, Georgia.

Exhibited at the convention.

 

March 2019 – Emory Autism Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Visited the Emory Autism Center’s myLIFE social group for adults with autism.

 

March 2019 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s 2019 Annual Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Attended the meeting

 

March 2019 – No Brand Con XVIII, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom” – a panel only open to individuals aged 18 and older.

 

April 2019 – 2019 Nebraska ASD Network State Conference, Kearney, Nebraska.

Attended the convention.

 

April 2019 – Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin’s 2019 Autism Gala, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Attended the gala as an invited guest.

 

April 2019 -- Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 30th Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Exhibited at the convention, and presented on the convention’s annual Panel of Experts, a panel featuring individuals with autism.

 

April 2019 – Community of Practice (CoP) on Autism in Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island.

"The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing: Perspectives of Sexuality and Puberty From An Open-Mouthed Adult With Autism"

 

April 2019 – Anime Boston 2019, Boston, Massachusetts.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom”

 

April 2019 – ASD Community of Practice for Minnesota, Edina, Minnesota.

Interpreting the Hidden Curriculum: An Autistic Adult's Perspective”

 

April 2019 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s Annual Conference, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the conference’s annual Autism Gala.

 

May 2019 – Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities’ Community of Practice Spring Meeting, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“Interpreting the Hidden Curriculum: An Autistic Self-Advocate’s Journey to Social Wellness”

Also served on the event’s Planning Committee.

 

May 2019 – The Elevated Summit, Chicago, Illinois.

Attended the Summit.

 

May 2019 – Anime Central (aCen) 2019, Rosemont, Illinois.

Volunteered at the convention.

 

May 2019 – 2019 IACC Workshop: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of People on the Autism Spectrum, Rockville, Maryland.

Gave an oral comment during the “Public Comments” section of the workshop:

“Mental Health Issues Aren’t Just Abstract Symptoms. They Are The Byproducts and Consequences of the Realities of Having Autism.”

 

May 2019 – 2019 AutismOne Conference, Rosemont, Illinois.

Attended the convention.

 

June 2019 – The 21st Annual Family Café, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation 1: “Our "Differently Abled" Circles of Friends: Stories of Social Success Within Communities of People with Disabilities”

Co-presentation with Narottam Cecil, Rebecca Marshall, and Chelsea Warren.

 

Presentation 2: “The Anime Connection: Utilizing Anime, Manga, and Related Media to Teach Disability Awareness”

Co-presentation with Hailey Buxton and Danica Lane.

 

Presentation 3: “When “Appropriate Behavior” is Inappropriate”

Co-presentation with Kate Gladstone.

 

June 2019 – 2019 Milwaukee Urban Autism Summit, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Attended the Summit.

 

July 2019 – Anime Midwest 2019, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2: “A Disney + Kingdom Hearts Crossover Recorder Show”

Panel 3: “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom”

 

July 2019 - Autism Society of America’s 51st Annual Conference, Bethesda, Maryland.

Attended the Autism Society of America’s Pre-Conference meeting.

 

July 2019 – Kitsune Kon 2019, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Panel 1: “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom”

Panel 2: “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 3: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

July 2019 – Chicago’s 16th Annual Disability Pride Parade + Disability Pride Parade Open Mic, Chicago, Illinois.

Participated in the Open Mic, and marched in the Disability Pride Parade.

 

July 2019 – MN PokeCon at Pokemon GO Community Day, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the event.

 

July 2019 – IACC Workshop: Addressing the Housing Needs of People on the Autism Spectrum + IACC Full Committee Meeting, Rockville, Maryland.

Attended the workshop, and presented during the Oral Public Comments section of the IACC Full Committee Meeting.

 

July 2019 – Otakon 2019, Washington, D.C.

Volunteered at the anime convention as a butler at their in-house Maid Café.

 

August 2019 – The 12th Annual Florida Youth Summit, Orlando, Florida.

“How Far We’ll Go: A Guide To Speaking Up For And Befriending People with Different Disabilities

 

August 2019 – Corwith Public Library, Corwith, Iowa.

“Autism Across America: Stories of the Autistic Experience Around the U.S.

 

August 2019 – 119th Annual National Hobo Convention, Britt, Iowa.

Performed in the annual Hobo Jungle Entertainment.

 

August 2019 – Hobo King + Queen Party, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Performed in the Hobo Entertainment.

 

August 2019 – Anime Midwest’s Cosplay Homecoming, Chicago, Illinois.

Volunteered at the event.

 

August / September 2019 – MetaCon 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3: “Disability Awareness with Ladybug + Cat Noir” – co-presentation with adult with autism Zeb Jensen.

 

September 2019 – A-Team Fun Walk for Autism + Resource Fair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the event at the SWAN Support Group exhibit table.

 

September 2019 – Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities’ Fall Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the event.

 

October 2019 – Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 2019 Fall Conference, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Exhibited at the conference as “James Williams, Author + Presenter with Autism.”

 

October 2019 – Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s Friendship Group Monthly Meeting, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Presented to the Friendship Group.

 

October 2019 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Social Group, Indiana University. Bloomington, Indiana.

Presented to the Social Group.

 

October 2019 – National TACA Autism Conference – West Coast, Costa Mesa, California.

“Biomedical Issues From An Autistic Perspective: How Do We Experience Them?”

Also exhibited at the convention.

 

November 2019 – Ponyville Ciderfest 2019, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Teaching Disability Awareness thru My Little Pony

 

November 2019 – Fashion Rocks Autism 2019: SafeMinds’ Annual Benefit Fashion Show, Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Modeled in the fashion show.

 

November 2019 – The Vaccine Injury Epidemic (V.I.E.) Event, Washington, District of Columbia.

Attended the event and it’s V.I.P. after party.

 

November 2019 – OCALICON 2019, Columbus, Ohio.

Presentation 1: “Handwriting and Autism: Perspectives From the Inside” – with Kate Gladstone and Andrew Haber.

 

Presentation 2: “MasterMind: Big Questions and Empowering Ideas” – an anime-themed presentation alongside other various themed presentations with Chris Robinson, Christen Szymanski, and Elaine Harper.

 

November 2019 – Daisho Con 2019, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Asexuality in the Anime Fandom” – a panel only open to individuals aged 18 and older.

Panel 3: “Autism in the Anime Fan Community: An Overview”

 

November 2019 – Highland Park, Illinois.

Was filmed for an appearance on “Suzanne Cahnmann’s Current Events Round Table,” a TV show featuring local residents in the North Shore area of the Chicago suburbs, aired monthly in Highland Park, Illinois, where I discussed how the political climate affects the autism community.

 

December 2019 – Midwest Fur Fest, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Furry Fandom

 

Panel 2: “Fifty Shades of Purple: Furries and Asexuality” – as a substitute panelist for the scheduled panelists who were unable to host their panel.

 

December 2019 – Con-Alt-Delete, Rosemont, Illinois.

“An Anime and Disney Recorder Concert”

 

 

 

2018

 

January 2018 – Anime-ZAP! 2018, East Peoria, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

January 2018 – 25th Annual CARD Conference, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Volunteered and attend the event.

 

January 2018 – The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CEC/DADD)’s 19th Annual Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Poster Session:  “Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with Autism from the Anime Community”

Breakout Session:  “Navigating the Transition Process from an Autistic Perspective”

 

January 2018 – Ohayocon 2018, Columbus, Ohio.

“Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

February 2018 – The Treffert Center, Leaders Beyond Boundaries of Autism Group, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

“A Field Guide To Understanding the Limitations and Strengths of Autism”

Presented to the Treffert Center’s Autism Leadership social group for adolescents with autism.

 

February 2018 – Kanpai! Con 2018, Omaha, Nebraska.

Panel 1:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 2:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 3:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

February 2018 – MBLGTACC (The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference) 2018: All Roads Lead to Intersectionality,

University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), Omaha, Nebraska.

Presentation 1:  “Asexuality Among People with Disabilities: What’s the Reality Behind the Stereotypes?”

Presentation 2:  Intersectionalities between Autism and LGBTQIA Awareness and Advocacy: An Overview”

The second presentation was cancelled.

 

March 2018 – Steps of Hope for Autism Walk/Run in Minnesota, Edina, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the event.

 

March 2018 – Southeastern Wisconsin’s Adult Autistic Navigators Adult Social Group’s Bi-Monthly Meeting, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

March 2018 – Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (COP ASD/DD)’ Winter Call-In Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin.

“SELF-Determination with James Williams”

 

March 2018 – Animatic Con 2018: A Con With A Cause, Blue Ash, Ohio.

“Autism in the Anime Fan Community”

 

March 2018 – Leaders Beyond Boundaries of Autism Group Meeting, The Treffert Center, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

“A Guide to Utilizing Popular TV Shows to Teach Awareness of Autism”

Presented to the Beyond Boundaries of Autism’ leadership group for teens and young adults with autism.

 

March 2018 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s 2018 Annual Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Attended the meeting.

 

April 2018 – Gingerbay Café, Hollywood, Florida.

“What Are The Issues of the Marginalized Groups in the Autism Community?”

This presentation was part of a community Autism Awareness event, organized by Al-Nisa Hayden, and also featured self-advocate with autism Lara Anat Grabois.

 

April 2018 – Anime Detour 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Panel 1: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 2: An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

April 2018 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Club, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“A Guide to Utilizing Popular TV Shows to Teach Awareness of Autism”

 

April 2018 – AuSM’s Day at the Capitol – Sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), St. Paul, Minnesota.

Attended the event.

 

April 2018 – Autism Society of Wisconsin (ASW)’s Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

“Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with Autism from the Anime Community” with individual with autism Rosie Ruiz.

 

April 2018 – St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Presented as a panelist on a panel presentation about health and autism, with the members of Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism’s Leadership Group for Adolescents and Adults with Autism.

 

April 2018 – Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)’s Annual Conference, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

“Teaching the Teacher: Managing Your Class with ASDwith Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D., and Erin Farrell, MA, BCBA. 

 

May 2018 – No Brand Con 2018, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert” 

Panel 2: “Autism in the Anime Fan Community”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

May 2018 – Autism Society of Northeastern Wisconsin’s Adults with Asperger’s Support Group, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“An Open Discussion with James Williams”

 

May 2018 – Autism Awareness Acoustic Concert, hosted by 7000apart: A Fundraiser for the Autism Society of Wisconsin, Appleton, Wisconsin.

“Why Is Autism Advocacy Important?”

Presented as a part of the concert, which featured multiple musical groups, alongside individuals with autism Kenzie Stoss and Arianna Griffore.

 

May 2018 – Community of Practice for Autism in Rhode Island’s May Meeting, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island.

“In and Out: Stories and Strategies in Special Education”

                                                                               

May 2018 – Anime Central (aCen) 2018, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert” 

Panel 3: “Autism in the Anime Fan Community”

 

May 2018 -- AniMinneapolis 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Panel 1:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert” 

Panel 3: “Autism in the Anime Fan Community”

 

May 2018 – Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities’ Spring Meeting, University of Wisconsin South Madison Partnership, Madison, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

June 2018 – The Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA)’s 3rd Annual Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Keynote Presentation: "A Whole New World: A Collection of One-Act Autism Follies"

 

June 2018 – The 20th Anniversary Family Café, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation 1: “Social Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities via Online, Tabletop, and Video Gaming: An Overview”

Presentation 2: “Living with the Physiological Issues of Autism: A Personal Story”

Presentation 3: “The Anime Connection: Utilizing Anime, Manga, and Related Media to Teach Disability Awareness”

 

June 2018 – Milwaukee’s Urban Autism Summit 2018 – Leadership Throughout the Lifespan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Attended the Urban Autism Summit.

 

July 2018 – Anime Midwest 2018, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Autism in the Anime Community”

Panel 3: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

July 2018 – Autism Society of America’s 50th National Conference, Bethesda, Maryland.

Attended the conference.

 

July 2018 – Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s Summer Picnic, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

July 2018 – Kitsune Kon 2018, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Autism in the Anime Community”

 

July 2018 – Dokidokon 2018: A Convention With Heart, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Volunteered at, and attended the convention.

 

July 2018 – Play-Place Autism & Special Needs Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Visited the center.

 

August 2018 – The 11th Annual Florida Youth Summit, Orlando, Florida.

A Guide to Navigating the “Circus” of Technology to Assist You with the Three Rings of Communication, Friendship, and Independence

 

August 2018 – 118th National Hobo Convention, Britt, Iowa.

Performed in the nightly Hobo Jungle Entertainment.

 

August 2018 – Geek.Kon 12, Middleton, Wisconsin.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Autism in the Anime Community”

Panel 3: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

August / September 2018 – MetaCon 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Anime Community”

Panel 2: “Disability Awareness with Ladybug and Cat Noir” – with individual with autism Zeb Jensen.

Panel 3: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

September 2018 – Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities’ Fall Meeting – Social Emotional Learning,

Superior, Wisconsin.

Presented as a panelist on the “Family/Self Advocate” Panel, and served on the event’s Steering Committee.

 

September 2018 – Dylan’s Run, Indian Summer Fest. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at Dylan’s Run.

 

September 2018 – The 1st Annual AuSM (Autism Society of Minnesota)’s Self-Advocacy Summit, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Attended the event.

 

September 2018 – LionCon, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the convention as a staff member of Minnesota PokeCon.

 

September 2018 – Highland Park, Illinois.

Was filmed for an appearance on “Suzanne Cahnmann’s Current Events Round Table,” a TV show featuring local residents in the North Shore area of the Chicago suburbs, aired monthly in Highland Park, Illinois, where I discussed how the political climate affects the autism community.

 

September 2018 – Fashion Rocks Autism 2018, Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Modeled in the fashion show.

 

October 2018 – Southeastern Wisconsin’s Adult Autistic Navigators Adult Social Group’s Bi-Monthly Meeting, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

October 2018 – 2018 Hobo King and Queen Party, Little Falls, Minnesota.

Participated in the Hobo Jungle Entertainment, and volunteered at the event.

 

October 2018 – Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 2018 Fall Conference, Neenah, Wisconsin.

Exhibited at the convention with fellow anime convention staffer Shawn Dubey, as “James Williams, Author and Presenter with Autism.”

 

October 2018 – Autism Society of Northeastern Wisconsin’s Adults with Asperger’s Support Group, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Attended the group’s annual Halloween Party.

 

November 2018 – Indiana University’s Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Social Club, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Understanding and Navigating Social “Jump Scares” with Autism: A Group Discussion”

 

November 2018 – OCALICON (Ohio Center for Autism + Low Incidence Disabilities’ Annual Conference) 2018, Columbus, Ohio.

Poster Session: “Handwriting and Autism: Perspectives from the Inside” with co-presenters Kate Gladstone and Andrew Haber.

 

November 2018 – Daisho Con 2018, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2:  “Autism in the Anime Community”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

November / December 2018 – Midwest Fur Fest, Rosemont, Illinois.

Volunteered at the event (but had to depart early, thus my panels were cancelled due to illness).

 

December 2018 – Con+Alt+Delete 2018, Rosemont, Illinois.

Volunteered at the convention.

 

December 2018 – Kitsune Kon’s Fall Nighter, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the event.

 

 

 

2017

 

January 2017 – Anime-ZAP! 2017, East Peoria, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

January 2017 – Ohayocon 2017, Columbus, Ohio.

Panel 1:  “Autism Open Forum”

Panel 2:  “Autism in the Anime and Manga Community: An Overview”

 

January 2017 – 24th Annual Center for Autism + Related Disabilities (CARD) Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation 1:  “Let’s Talk About Gender Differences on the Autism Spectrum” – with individual with autism Rachel Barcellona.

Presentation 2:  Social Instruction Strategies from the Anime and Gaming Communities”

 

February 2017 – Kanpai!Con, Omaha, Nebraska.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

February 2017 – Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s Monthly Friendship Group Meeting, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Visited the Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s monthly Friendship Group meeting.

 

February 2017 – MBLGTACC (Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference) 2017:

United in Solidarity | 25th Anniversary, Chicago, Illinois.

Presentation 1:  “Asexuality Among People with Disabilities: What’s the Reality Behind the Stereotypes?”

Presentation 2:  Intersectionalities between Autism and LGBTQIA Awareness and Advocacy: An Overview”

 

February 2017 – Anime Crossroads, Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

February 2017 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Club, Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University Bloomington,

Bloomington, Indiana.

“Nutritional Considerations for Individuals with an Autism Spectrum” – co-presentation with nutritionist Emily Astlund.

 

March 2017 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s Flash Dash + Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota, Edina, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the event.

 

March 2017 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD)’s Tri-Annual Meeting, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting as part of the Community of Practice’s Steering Committee at its Green Bay viewing location.

 

March 2017 – Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois.

“A Guide to Enjoying High School with Autism”

A presentation presented as part of “Spartans Connect,” with school psychologist Lisa Steffey.

 

March 2017 – Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, Illinois.

“Q+A About Autism and Autism Advocacy”

Presented to the Northbrook Public Library’s Current Events discussion group.

 

March 2017 – Central Indiana Autism Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Exhibited at the annual Autism Expo.

 

March 2017 – Animatic Con 2017: A Con With A Cause, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness Thru Anime”

 

March 2017 – Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders (NE ASD) Network State Conference, Kearney, Nebraska.

Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with ASD from the Anime Community”

 

April 2017 – Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.

Intersectionalities between Autism and LGBTQIA Awareness and Advocacy: An Overview”

A presentation sponsored by Valparaiso University’s ALLIANCE group.

 

April 2017 – Anime Detour 2017, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Panel 1:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

April 2017 – Jacksonville Connecting the Dots Conference 2017, Jacksonville, Florida.

Attended the convention.

 

April 2017 – 10th Annual Gainesville East High School STAR 5K Walk for Autism, Gainesville, Florida.

Participated in the event.

 

April 2017 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Social Club, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Teaching Autism Awareness thru Popular Fandoms”

 

April 2017 – No Brand Con XV, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

April 2017 – Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin’s Monthly Game Night – Screen Free, Madison, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

April 2017 – Autism Society of Wisconsin (ASW)’s Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with ASD from the Anime Community”

Co-presentation with individual with autism Kenzie Stoss.

 

May 2017 – Southeastern Wisconsin’s Adult Autistic Navigators’ Social Group Meeting, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Attended the group meeting.

 

May 2017 – Aspiritech Stepping Up and Out (SU&O) Talent Show, Highland Park, Illinois.

Performed in the talent Show, a show for adults with autism.

 

May 2017 – Anime Central (aCen): The Midwest Anime and Manga Convention, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

May 2017 – Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois.

“A Guide to Understanding and Respecting People with Autism”

A presentation sponsored by the Philosophy and Meditation Club.

 

May 2017 – AniMinneapolis 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

June 2017 – The Friendship Center at East Side Neighborhood Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Participated in a presentation about the history and culture of the American Hobo.

 

June 2017 – Treffert Center, Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Visited the Treffert Center’s “Gaming Social Group” for adults with autism.

 

June 2017 – The 19th Annual Family Café Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation 1:  “Beyond Person-First Language: Self-Advocacy and the Words We Use” – with co-presenter Kate Gladstone.

Presentation 2:  “Handwriting and Disability: Perspectives from the Inside” – with co-presenters Kate Gladstone and Andrew Haber.

Presentation 3:  “The Anime Connection: Utilizing Japanese Anime and Related Media to Teach Disability Awareness” – with co-presenter Hailey Buxton.

Presentation 4:  “Let’s Talk About Gender Differences Among People with Disabilities” – with co-presenter Hailey Buxton.

 

June 2017 – Milwaukee Urban Autism Summit 2017 – The A-bility in A-utism, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Participated as a panelist on a panel for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

 

July 2017 – Anime Midwest 2017, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

July 2017 – Autistic Adults and Other Stakeholders Engage Together (AASET) Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Participated in the AASET meeting.

 

July 2017 – Autism Society of America’s 49th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 “Beyond Person-First Language: Self-Advocacy and the Words We Use”

Co-presentation with individual with autism Kate Gladstone.

 

July 2017 – Kitsune Kon 2017, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

July / August 2017 – University of St. Thomas’ Summer Autism Institute, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Presented during the 2nd and 3rd class of the Summer Autism Institute, instructed by Professor Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan.

 

July 2017 – Chicago’s 14th Annual Disability Pride Parade + Disability Pride Parade Open Mic, Chicago, Illinois.

Participated in the Open Mic, and marched in the Disability Pride Parade.

 

August 2017 – Minnesota PokeCon 2017: Generation 4, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Pokemon Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “A Pokemon Music Recorder Concert”

 

August 2017 – The 10th Annual Florida Youth Summit, Orlando, Florida.

“A Field Guide to Traveling with a Disability…Now and for the Future”

 

August 2017 – Geek.Kon 2017, Madison, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

August 2017 -- Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Office of Special Services 2017-2018 Kick-Off Conference, Gambrills, Maryland.

Keynote Presentation: “Understanding the Superpowers of Autism”

 

September 2017 – MetaCon 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

September 2017 – Dylan’s Run, Indian Summer Fest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at Dylan’s Run, an annual walk/run to benefit the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin.

 

September 2017 – Southeastern Wisconsin’s Adult Autistic Navigators Adult Social Group’s Bi-Monthly Meeting, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

September 2017 – Gamer Grace Video Gaming Convention, St. Charles, Illinois.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Gaming Community”

Panel 2: “A Video Game Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3: “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Gaming and Anime”

 

September 2017 – 2017 Hobo King + Queen Party, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Performed in the Hobo Entertainment at the party, and sold Hobo-related videos.

 

October 2017 – Students On the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Social Club, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Understanding Social Thinking and the Forgiveness Factor from an Autistic Perspective”

 

October 2017 – Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)’s Annual Conference, Costa Mesa, California.

Hosted a table during the annual TACA Coffee Talk session.

 

October 2017 Chileda Institute, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Presented to invited students and staff.

 

October 2017 – Wisconsin Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD)’s Fall Meeting, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,

La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting as member of the Community of Practice’s Steering Committee.

 

November 2017 – Southeastern Wisconsin’s Adult Autistic Navigators Adult Social Group’s Bi-Monthly Meeting, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

November 2017 – Students On the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Social Club, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Understanding the Social-Emotional Differences of Individuals with Autism”

 

November 2017 – Amaicon 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Volunteered at the convention, and participated in the convention’s Crossplay Contest and Cosplay Masquerade.

 

November 2017 – Fashion Rocks Autism 2017, Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Modeled in the fashion show.

 

November 2017 – OCALICON (Ohio Center for Autism + Low Incidence Disabilities’ Annual Conference) 2017, Columbus, Ohio.

Breakout Session:  “Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with ASD from the Anime Community: An Overview” 

Poster Session:  “When Appropriate Behavior Is Inappropriate”

 

November 2017 – Daisho Con 2017, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 3:  “Teaching Disability Awareness thru Anime”

 

November / December 2017 – Midwest FurFest 2017 (MFF), Rosemont, Illinois.

“Autism in the Furry Community: An Overview”

 

December 2017 – Con+Alt+Delete 2017, Rosemont, Illinois.

“Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

December 2017 – Southeastern Wisconsin’s Adult Autistic Navigators Adult Social Group’s Bi-Monthly Meeting, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

 

 

 

2016

 

January 2016 – Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the Green Bay Packers game with the Autism Society of Wisconsin.

 

January 2016 – Anime-ZAP! Illinois Anime Con, East Peoria, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2:  “Autism in the Anime Fan Community: An Overview”

 

January 2016 – Ohayocon 2016, Columbus, Ohio.

Panel 1:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2:  “Autism in the Anime Fan Community: An Overview”

 

January 2016 – Florida State University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities’ Main Offices, Tallahassee, Florida.

“Symptoms and Issues of Autism Across the Lifespan”

 

January 2016 – Leon High School, Tallahassee, Florida.

“Social and Academic Issues of High School Students with Autism: An Overview”

 

January 2016 – Milano Pizzeria, Tallahassee, Florida.

“Common Struggles and Realities of Family Life with Children with Autism”

 

January 2016 – 23rd Annual CARD Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Volunteered at the conference.

 

February 2016 – University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder’s Monthly Meeting,

Madison, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

February 2016 – Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Biomedical Issues From An Autistic Perspective: How Do We Experience Them”

 

February 2016 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s (AuSM) 2016 Annual Meeting, AuSM’s Offices, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Attended the meeting.

 

February 2016 – Westfield Community School, Algonquin, Illinois.

“The Impacts of Socio-Cultural Expectations on People with Autism: An Analysis”

 

February 2016 – MBLGTACC 2016: Introspection at the Crossroads, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Attended the conference.

 

March 2016 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s 2016 Steps of Hope Walk, Edina, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the walk.

 

March 2016 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Club’s Weekly Meeting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Revisiting the Neurodiversity Movement: What’s the Backbone Behind What The Movement is Challenging?”

 

March 2016 – Anime Milwaukee 2016, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

March 2016 – Los Angeles, California.

Attended a live taping of the Disney Channel TV show “Girl Meets World.”

 

March 2016 – Chicago Comic Con + Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Chicago, Illinois.

Attended the event.

 

March 2016 – 2016 Indiana Autism Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Exhibited at the Expo.

 

March 2016 – Burbank, California.

Attended a live taping of the CBS TV show “The Big Bang Theory.”

 

April 2016 – Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

Presented a Foreword, at an autism awareness concert featuring singer and pianist Lara Grabois.

 

April 2016 – Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island.

“Indirect Causes of Academic Struggles for People with Autism in the Classroom: An Overview”

 

April 2016 – Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 2016 Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with ASD from the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

April 2016 – No Brand Con XV, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2:  “Autism in the Anime Community”

 

April 2016 – Rocky Mountain Autism Summit, Denver, Colorado.

Attended the event.

 

April 2016 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s 21st Annual Conference, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

“Lights, Camera, Social Instruction: Developing Social Skills with Film and Television”

Co-presentation with Angela Gotham.

 

April 2016 – A Screening of the Documentary “Programming Hope: Employing the Abilities of Autism,” Hosted by the Western Wisconsin Autism Advocacy + Consulting Center (WWAACC), Hudson, Wisconsin.

Attended the screening.

 

May 2016 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities’ Tri-Annual Meeting, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting as a member of the Community of Practice’s Steering Committee.

 

May 2016 – AniMinneapolis 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

May 2016 – The All-Community Theatre (ACT) Project’s Spring Performance, Focus Academy, Temple Terrace, Florida.

Attended the performance.

 

May 2016 – Illinois Developmental Therapy Association (IDTA)’s First Annual Conference, Naperville, Illinois.

“What To Do During An Autism Cataclysm”

 

May 2016 – Autism Speaks Walk Chicago, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois.

Exhibited at the Walk.

 

May 2016 – Adults on the Spectrum Social Group at Advancing Abilities, Advancing Abilities of Wisconsin,

West Allis, Wisconsin.

Visited their social group meeting.

 

May 2016 – Anime Central (aCen) 2016, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert” [for Children’s Programming]

 

May 2016 – AutismOne 2016 Conference: Bringing the Pieces Together, Rosemont, Illinois.

“Biomedical Issues From An Autistic Perspective: How Do We Experience Them?” 

Co-presentation with individual with autism Ashley Runnalls.

 

June 2016 – Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois.

Shared autism awareness at a private event.

 

June 2016 – 18th Annual Family Café Conference, Orlando, Florida.

“A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Communication Among Individuals with Differing Language Abilities”

 

June 2016 – Indy PopCon 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Autism In The Geek, Anime, Comic, Gaming, and Fan Community: An Overview”

 

June 2016 – 86th Annual Marion County Fair, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Volunteered at the Marion County Fair for Purdue Extension’s Marion County 4-H Youth Development program.

 

July 2016 – P.A.T.H. Academy for Autism, Bryan, Ohio.

I will consult at the P.A.T.H Academy for Autism’s Summer Social Skills group for kids with autism.

 

July 2016 – Anime Midwest 2016, Rosemont, Illinois.

“Autism In The Anime Community: An Overview”

 

July 2016 – Autism Society of America’s 47th Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Beyond Person-First Language: Self-Advocacy and the Words We Use”

Co-presentation with individual with autism Kate Gladstone.

 

July 2016; August 2016 – University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis Campus), Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Gave a series of presentations during the following courses at the University of St. Thomas’ annual Summer Autism Institute:

 

“Social/Communication Skills: Autism Spectrum Disorders
“Methods/Materials: Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Courses instructed by Professor Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan.

 

July 2016 – Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s July Swing and Swim Event at the Village Inn, Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

July 2016 – Kitsune Kon 2016, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

Panel 2:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”
 

July 2016 – 2016 Mrs., Miss + Miss Teen International Beauty Pageant, Jacksonville, Florida.

Attended the pageant to support Miss Florida International Rachel Barcellona, the pageant’s first contestant with autism.

 

August 2016 – The Florida Youth Council’s 9th Annual Youth Summit for Youth and Emerging Leaders with Disabilities, Orlando, Florida.

Keynote Presentation:  “Drawing the Line: Are You Rebellious, Spoiled, and Immature, Or Are You Speaking Up For Yourself, Your Disability, and Your Future?”

 

August 2016 – 116th Annual National Hobo Convention, Britt, Iowa.

Performed in the annual Hobo Jungle Entertainment.

 

August 2016 – University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, Madison, Wisconsin.

Met with individuals who work at the Waisman Center.

 

August 2016 – Geek.Kon 2016, Madison Marriott West, Middleton, Wisconsin.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

August 2016 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, Madison, Wisconsin.

Visited the center.

 

September 2016 – MetaCon 2016, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

September 2016 – 30th Annual Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Attended the festival.

 

September 2016 – Dylan’s Run, 30th Annual Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the event.

 

September 2016 – Fashion Rocks Autism 2016, Baltimore, Maryland.

Modeled in the fashion show.

 

September / October 2016 – Generation Rescue’s 3rd Annual Autism Education Summit, Addison, Texas.

Attended the summit.

 

October 2016 – Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 2016 Fall Conference, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Exhibited at the conference.

 

October 2016 – Chileda Institute, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Presented to invited students and staff.

 

October 2016 – 2016 Hobo King + Queen Party, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Performed in the Hobo Entertainment.

 

October 2016 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Social Club, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Possible Explanations Behind The Autistic Struggle to Understand Social Skills”

 

October 2016 – Anime Fest, La Grange Public Library, La Grange, Illinois.

Exhibited at the Fest with anime artist Rachel Spidalette.

 

October 2016 – Center for Neurobehavorial Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Visited the Center to participate in the SPARK autism research study regarding DNA links and autism.

 

October / November 2016 – University of St. Thomas (Off-Campus Location), St. Marks Catholic School, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lectured in the class, “Social/Communication Skills: Autism Spectrum Disorders,” taught by Professor Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan, by the University of St. Thomas for their Autism Spectrum Certificate program.

 

October 2016 – The Autism Society of Minnesota Proudly Presents Professor Tony Attwood, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Attended the conference.

 

October 2016 – National TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Autism Conference, Costa Mesa, California.

Roundtable Discussion:  “Medical Treatments and Therapies from an Autistic Perspective”

 

October 2016 – Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Full Committee Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland.

Gave a public comment during the public comments section of the IACC committee meeting.

 

October 2016 – MN PokeCon 2016, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Pokemon Fan Community: An Overview”

Panel 2: “A Pokemon Music Recorder Concert”

 

November 2016 – TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Autism Learning Seminar, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

“Life With Autism: In Their Own Words”

Presented at an event also featuring individual with autism Ruth Snyder.

 

November 2016 – OCALICON 2016: The Nation’s Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Panel Presentation: Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy” – with Tom Iland and David Petrovic.

Poster Presentation: Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with ASD from the Anime Community”

 

November 2016 – Daisho Con 2016, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1: “Autism in the Anime Community”

Panel 2: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

November / December 2016 + February 2017 – Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD), Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Participated in an autism-related research study on adulthood and autism with doctoral student Liz Freeman Floyd.

 

December 2016 – Midwest FurFest 2016, Rosemont, Illinois.

Volunteered at the convention.

 

December 2016 – Con+Alt+Delete 2016, Rosemont, Illinois.

“Autism in the Anime Community: An Overview”

 

 

 

2015

 

January 2015 – 22nd Annual CARD (Center for Autism And Related Disabilities) Conference, Orlando, Florida.

“Lights, Camera, Social Instruction: How I Learned Social Skills Thru Films + TV”

Co-presentation with individual with autism Abby Berlage.

 

January 2015Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Florida.

Presented on a panel after a showing of the play “Dancing Lessons,” written by Mark St. Germain.

 

January 2015 – Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York City, New York.

Provided technical support for “A Concert of Russian Romances,” held in honor of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the

Pushkin Society in America.

 

February 2015 – Atlantic Coast High School, Jacksonville, Florida.

Presentation 1: “Life After High School with Autism: A Roundtable” – for high school students with autism.

Presentation 2: “The Fireworks: High School and Autism” – for high school student mentors.

 

February 2015 – A Sensory-Friendly Recital at Rhapsody Arts Center, Rhapsody Arts Center, Verona, Wisconsin.

Performed as a guest musician at the Sensory-Friendly Recital.

 

February 2015 – UW-Madison Waisman Center Community of Practice of ASD/DD’s Quarterly Meeting, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

February 2015 – Hearts for Autism Walk, Hagerty High School, Oveido, Florida.

Attended the walk.

 

February 2015 – The Learning Academy at USF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities,

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Presented to the students and staff.

 

February 2015 – The 2nd Annual Focus Academy Gala: An Evening In Paris, Focus Academy, Temple Terrace, Florida.

Attended the gala.

 

February 2015 – Students on the Spectrum Club (S.O.S.) at Indiana University, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Self-Advocacy 101 for Adults with ASD”

 

March 2015 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s Annual Steps of Hope Walk, Edina, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the walk.

 

March 2015 – Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin’s Employment Conference, Madison, Wisconsin.

Attended the conference.

 

March 2015 – 4th Annual Southeastern “Across The Spectrum” Conference & Expo, Norcross, Georgia.

“Health and Gender Differences in Autism: Our Stories”

Co-presentation with autism advocate Ruth Snyder.

 

March 2015 – Kitsune Kon Anime Convention 2015, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

April 2015 – The Autism Society of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana Autism Network’s Monthly Meeting, Champaign, Illinois.

Attended the meeting.

 

April 2015 – Hernando County’s 4th Annual Autism Fest, Springstead High School, Spring Hill, Florida.

“Are You There, World? It’s Me, Autism”

 

April 2015 – Nebraska ASD Network Conference 2015, Kearney, Nebraska.

Attended the conference.

 

April 2015 – Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin’s One Walk, Big Strides for Autism, Madison, Wisconsin.

Attended the walk.

 

April 2015 – Georgia’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference, Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia.

Class Presentation: “Social Impacts of Living with Autism: An Overview”

Keynote Presentation: “Are You There, World? It’s Me, Autism”

 

April 2015 – The Autism Trust USA’s Give Autism A Chance Summit 2015, Austin, Texas.

Attended the conference.

 

April 2015 – The All-Community Theatre (ACT) Project, Focus Academy, Temple Terrace, Florida.

Attended the ACT Project’s performance.

 

April 2015 – No Brand Con XIV: Wisconsin’s Premier Anime Convention, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the convention, and performed in the convention’s annual No Brand Variety Show.

 

April 2015 – Autism Society of Wisconsin’s Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Exhibited at the convention and performed in the Autism Talent Show.

 

May 2015 – AniMinneapolis Anime Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Worked on staff at the convention.

 

May 2015 – Anime Central (aCen), Rosemont, Illinois.

Attended the convention.

 

May 2015 – Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Began to participate in several research studies on autism at the University.

 

May 2015 – 2015 AutismOne / Focus for Health Conference, Rosemont, Illinois.

“Biomedical Issues from an Autistic Perspective: How Do We Experience Them?” -- co-presentation with individual with autism and registered nurse Ruth Snyder.

 

May 2015 – UW-Waisman Center’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities’ Meeting,

Madison, Wisconsin.

Attend the meeting and was inducted into the Practice’s Steering Committee.

 

June 2015 – 17th Annual Family Café Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation 1: “Empathy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: How Do We Express It?”

Presentation 2: “Handwriting and Autism: Two Perspectives from the Inside” – co-presentation with adults with autism Kate Gladstone and Andrew Haber.

 

June 2015 – ASPIRE Group Presents AMF Altamonte Bowling! Seminole, Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Attended the event.

 

June 2015 – METROCON: Florida’s Largest Anime Convention, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Why We Love Anime: Anime and Manga in the Autism Community” – with Miss Collegiate Florida 2015, individual with autism

Rachel Barcellona.

 

June 2015 – New York City, New York.

Met with the editor of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution blog.

 

June 2015 – 85th Annual Marion County Fair, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Volunteered at the Marion County Fair for Purdue Extension’s Marion County 4-H Youth Development program.

 

July 2015 – Anime Midwest 2015, Rosemont, Illinois.

Panel 1: “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2: “Understanding Autism in the Anime Community”

 

July 2015 – Autism Society of America’s 46th Annual National Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Attended the convention.

 

July 2015 – An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin – Autism Presentation + Meet & Greet, Orlando, Florida.

Attended the event.

 

July 2015 – P.A.T.H. Academy for Autism, Bryan, Ohio.

Volunteered for the P.A.T.H Academy’s annual T-Ball League.

 

July / August 2015 – 8th Annual Florida Youth Summit: Hosted by the Florida Youth Council, Orlando, Florida.

“Using Pop Culture to Teach Disability Awareness”

 

August 2015 – 115th Annual National Hobo Convention, Britt, Iowa.

Performed in the annual Hobo Jungle Entertainment.

 

August 2015 – University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis Campus), Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Co-taught with Professor Stansberry-Brusnahan during the August portion of the University’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Summer Institute: Methods and Materials for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

 

August 2015 – Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s Swing and Swim Event, Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

August 2015 – Autism Society of the Inland Empire’s 8th Annual Camping Trip, Hemet, California.

Attended the camping trip.

 

September 2015 – MetaCon 2015, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

September 2015 – 15th Annual 2-Mile Dylan’s Walk/Run, Indian Summer Fest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the event.

 

September 2015 – Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

Visited with Doctors from Dal and Associates, S.C.

 

September 2015 – Leonia, New Jersey.

Provided technical support and performed at a private party.

 

September 2015 – Love and Autism: A Conference with Heart 2015, San Diego, California.

Attended the conference.

 

September 2015 – MEDomics Medical Laboratory, Azusa, California.

“My Biomedical History with Autism”

 

October 2015 – Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 2015 Fall Conference, Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Exhibited at the conference.

 

October 2015 – 2nd Annual La Grange Anime Fest, La Grange, Illinois.

Exhibited at the event with anime artist Rachel Spidalette.

 

October 2015 – The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, Highwood, Illinois.

Volunteered at the event.

 

October 2015 – 2015 Hobo King and Queen Party, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Performed at the party.

 

October 2015 – Agnesian Healthcare – Doll and Associates, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Visited their center.

 

October 2015 – “Autism Speaks U Marquette University” Student Organization Meeting, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Are You There, World? It’s Me, Autism”

 

October 2015 – Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s Friendship Group, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Co-hosted a read through of “The Harem,” a play written by individual with autism Alex Phillip and myself.

 

October 2015 – ASPIRITECH Headquarters, Highland Park, Illinois.

Attended ASPIRITECH’s ribbon-cutting, open house, and a meeting to discuss the creation of housing for adults with autism, at their new headquarters.

 

October 2015 – Autism in Business 2015: Sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), St. Paul, Minnesota.

Attended the event.

 

October 2015 – UW-Waisman Center’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders/Developmental Disabilities’ Fall Meeting,

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Attended the meeting.

 

November 2015 – P.A.T.H. Academy for Autism, Bryan, Ohio.

Visited the school.

 

November 2015 – Columbus, Ohio.

Visited with staff from the autism agency ThePerfectSelf.com.

 

November 2015 – National Autism Association (NAA)’s National Autism Conference 2015, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Attended the conference.

 

November 2015 – Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)’s 2015 Gala, Washington, District of Columbia.

Attended the gala.

 

November 2015 – New York City, New York.

Visited with editors from the Thinking Moms’ Revolution (TMR) blog.

 

November 2015 – 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater 5K Walk + Run, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Volunteered at the event.

 

November 2015 – 13th Annual Buti Bash Autism Fundraiser, Chicago, Illinois.

Performed at the fundraiser.

 

November 2015 – SafeMinds Fashion Show: Fashion Rocks Autism, Baltimore, Maryland.

Modeled in the fashion show.

 

November 2015 – OCALICON 2015, Columbus, Ohio.

“Handwriting and Autism: Three Perspectives from the Inside” – co-presentation with self-advocates Kate Gladstone + Andrew Haber.

Also received the 2015 OCALICON Award for Community Excellence.

 

November 2015 – Daisho Con 2015, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Panel 1:  “An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

Panel 2:  “Autism in the Anime Fan Community: An Overview”

 

November 2015 – Bloomington, Minnesota.

Performed at a private party.

 

December 2015 – Kitsune Kon’s 1st Video Game All Nighter, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

December 2015 – Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Club’s Weekly Meeting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“Understanding Sympathy and Empathy from an Autistic Perspective”

 

December 2015 – Adults on the Spectrum Social Group at Advancing Abilities’ Holiday Party, Advancing Abilities of Wisconsin,

West Allis, Wisconsin.

Attended the Holiday Party.

 

December 2015 – Con-Alt-Delete 2015, Rosemont, Illinois.

“Autism in the Anime Fan Community: An Overview”

 

 

 

2014

 

January 2014 – Albany, New York.

Visit with staff from the organization Handwriting Repair: Handwriting that Works.

 

January 2014 – A. Quinn Jones Exceptional Student Center, Gainesville, Florida.

“The Alphabet Soup: Autism In Comparison to Other Diagnoses”

I also visited the school’s ASD student social group.

 

January 2014 – 21st Annual CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) Conference, Orlando, Florida.

“Helping Individuals with ASD Utilize Public Transportation”

 

January 2014 – The Richardson School, Beloit, Wisconsin.

Visited the school.

 

February 2014 – Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Visited with invited students and staff.

 

February 2014 – 2014 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC 2014),

Kansas City, Missouri.

“Gender and Sexuality Issues Among People with Autism: An Overview”

 

February 2014 – Like Me Lighthouse, Kansas City, Missouri.

Visited the center.

 

February 2014 – 5th Annual Hearts for Autism Walk, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, Florida.

Attended the walk.

 

February 2014 – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

“Sensory Issues of Individuals with Autism: An Overview”

 

February 2014 – The Learning Academy, University of South Florida’s CARD Center, Tampa, Florida.

Presented to invited students and staff.

 

February 2014 – Autism Society of Illinois’ 1st Annual Casino Night, Oak Brook, Illinois.

Volunteered at the event.

 

February 2014 – UW-Madison Waisman Center’s ASD/DD + Department of Public Instruction’s Community of Practice’s Meeting,

Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Attended the event.

 

March 2014 – Autism Society of Minnesota’s Annual Steps of Hope Walk for Autism, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Volunteered at the event.

 

March 2014 – True Health Medical Center, Naperville, Illinois.

Visited the center.

 

March 2014 – 2014 Southeastern “Across the Spectrum” Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo, Atlanta, Georgia.

“Biomedical Issues From An Autistic Perspective: How Do We Experience Them?”

Co-presentation with autistic individual and author Ruth Snyder.

 

March 2014 – Autism Society of Illinois’ 10th Annual Parent and Professional Networking Conference, La Grange, Illinois.

Volunteered and sold books at this event.

 

March 2014 – Autism Society of the Lakeshore’s Manitowoc Monthly Meeting, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Attended the Friendship Group meeting.

 

March 2014 – Kitsune Kon Anime Convention 2014, Appleton, Wisconsin.

“An Anime Music Recorder Concert”

 

March 2014 – Britt Hospitality Room, Britt, Iowa.

“Are You There, World? It’s Me, Autism”

“Using Japanese Anime to Teach Autism Awareness”

“Autism Across America: Stories of Autism Across the Nation”

 

April 2014 – JetBlue Airlines’ Autism Awareness Day Event, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“A Guide to Helping Individuals with ASD with Air Travel”

 

April 2014 – Dan Marino Campus, The Dan Marino Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Visited the campus and present to invited students and staff.

 

April 2014 – The Autism Channel, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Interviewed on “The Dr. Judy Show,” a show on the Autism Channel.

 

April 2014 – IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) Full Committee Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland.