Fireside Chat: An Autistic Perspective on Autism “Awareness”

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The University of Kentucky College of Education’s Inclusiveness Committee will host its next Fireside Chat from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017 in 109 Dickey Hall.

poster for fireside chat
Fireside Chat Poster

The presentation, “April is the Cruelest Month: An Autistic Perspective on ‘Awareness,'” will be given by Bev Harp, a disability specialist with UK’s Human Development Institute. Harp is a speaker, advocate, and autistic adult. She often presents with her animatronic assistant, Squawkers McCaw, whose responsibilities include remembering to say “hello.”

The talk will cover harms done in the name of (usually well-intentioned) autism awareness events, the consequences of silencing autistic voices, and Harp’s thoughts on what the public can do to support autistic people rather than charities.  Refreshments will be provided.