AUTISM NETWORK INTERNATIONAL
AUTREAT 2002: Exploring Our Paths
June 24-27, 2002, Brantingham, NY
(4 pm Monday to 1 pm Thursday)
What is Autreat?
Continuing Education Units
A special note about social interactions
Brochure in PDF format: Two legal-size pages Four letter-size pages
What is Autreat?Autreat is a retreat-style conference run by autistic people, for autistic people and our friends. Family members and professionals are also welcome, but the structure and content of Autreat are determined by the interests of autistic people.
Autreat focuses on positive living with autism, NOT on causes, cures, or ways to make us more normal.
Autreat is designed to be Ďautistic space.í This is sometimes confusing or uncomfortable for non-autistic people attending. If youíre new to ANI and unfamiliar with Autreat protocol, please carefully review the information in this brochure and on the ANI web site, and contact ANI if you have questions. If you arenít sure youíre ready for three days of total immersion, you might consider registering for days only and commuting from a local motel.
Things that will be different about Autreat this year
Things that will be the same about Autreat
For Autreat information via Internet, check out our web page:
WORKSHOPSWe have confirmed workshops on a variety of subjects of interest to the Autistic community, including autism and sociology, developing service plans around autistic strengths, getting along with NT family members, dietary concerns of autistic people, inertia, and consumer-directed personal assistance. Other workshops are still under development. Check our web site for ongoing updates.
OPTIONAL CERTIFICATE TRACKSYou may earn a certificate by attending a group of seven workshops chosen to reflect a certain theme. Certificates will be offered this year in Advocacy and in Autistic Living.
You do not need to be in a certificate track--this is purely optional.
Continuing Education UnitsAutreat has been approved for Continuing Education Units through the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University.
A special note about social interactionsFor some ANI members, meeting other autistic people and having a chance to socialize with others like ourselves is an exciting and wonderful experience. Others are not interested in social contacts and may come to this event just for the workshops. Some of us are interested in socializing some, but need to be able to take time out from interacting. Autreat is meant to provide opportunity, but not pressure, for social interactions.
If you are coming to meet other autistic people, please understand that some people will also want to meet you, but some will not be into meeting people, and their own choice must also be respected.
If you want to come but do not want to meet or talk to people, you are still welcome to attend. You will be given a color-coded badge which you can use to indicate if you want to be approached only by people you already know, or don't want to be approached at all by anyone.
If you are a parent, a teacher, or other service provider, and are bringing an autistic child or student or client because you hope the person will make social connections with others, please adopt the same position of providing opportunity, but not pressure.
If you need personal asistanceANI is not able to provide personal assistance for people who need help caring for themselves or participating in this program. If you need help with self-care, communication, orientation, or behavior control, please make your own arrangements to have someone with you to assist you.
FundingIn the past, people have successfully applied for funding from sources such as local autism societies, family support agencies, state commissions on developmental disabilities, Arc chapters, and public schools.
Read A Short Course on Autreat Funding by Jim Sinclair, for more information.
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