AUTISM NETWORK INTERNATIONAL
AUTREAT 2003: Transforming Our World
June 29-July 2, 2003
Brantingham, New York
What is Autreat?
Continuing Education Units
A special note about social interactions
Transportation to the camp
What is Autreat?Autreat is a retreat-style conference run by autistic people, for autistic people and our friends.
Autreat focuses on positive living with autism, NOT on causes, cures, or ways to make us more normal.
How Autreat is different from typical autism conferencesTypical autism conferences are about autistic people, but are primarily for the benefit of researchers, service providers, or families. Autreat is an opportunity for autistic people and those with related developmental differences, our friends, and supporters to come together, discover and explore autistic connections, and develop advocacy skills, all in an autistic-friendly environment. Family members and professionals are welcome to attend, but the structure and content of this event will be determined by the interests and sensibilities of autistic people.
Things you will not find at Autreat:
Things you will find at Autreat:
The FacilityAutreat is held at an outdoor retreat center. Lodging is in cabins, which are shared with other attendees. Cabins have lights and electricity. Wheelchair-accessible cabins and bathhouses are available. Recreational opportunities include swimming, ball courts, hiking, campfires, and, for an extra fee, canoeing and a ropes course.
If you are new to AutreatAutreat 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.
WORKSHOPSAutreat features a lineup of workshops on a variety of subjects of interest to the Autistic community, including both advocacy-related topics and practical daily living concerns. Check this web site for workshop information after April 15, 2003.
OPTIONAL CERTIFICATE TRACKSYou may earn a certificate by attending a group of seven workshops chosen to reflect a certain theme. Check our web site after April 15, 2003, to see what certificates will be offered this year.
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 management, please make your own arrangements to have someone with you to assist you.
Child care and activities for kidsThe rate for children and teens includes a supervised activity program for all children under 18. Staff:child ratio is approximately 1:6. If your child needs more support than this, please bring an aide for your child, or contact ANI about hiring extra staff for an additional fee.
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.
transportation for financially needy autistic people and families under
the following provisions:
1) Anybody living within approximately 1000 miles of the conference
2) With regard to airlines - ie, folks living more than 1000 miles away
To request assistance through this program, call Gene, 888-675-1405,
Transportation to the campTransportation to the camp from the Syracuse airport, bus and train station, and motels may be available using a rented van, if there are enough people interested. Cost of the van rental will be shared among the riders. If you would like to ride in the van, you should arrange to arrive in Syracuse no later than 1 p.m. on Sunday, and to leave Syracuse no earlier than Wednesday evening.
Contact (email address)
Or call: 315-476-2462
Or fax: 315-425-1978
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