This is a donation-based, no-frills autism networking event focused on providing self-sustaining solutions for adult autistics after their caregivers have passed on. The forum will invite local experts and pioneers who are developing solutions for adult autistics; international experts and pioneers are welcome but they have to pay for their own travel expenses.
If you are a caregiver, you can participate in the brainstorming sessions under the experts’ guidance and team up with other caregivers to create your own projects, organisations or funds. If you are a service provider, you can promote your services, projects and causes if they are relevant.
Date: Tentatively on a Saturday in September 2019 from 1-5pm
Venue: To be confirmed, ideally a sponsored venue
Status: Interest has been registered, proposal is being discussed. Details of this event may change based on feedback.
What is different about this autism event?
- Not for Awareness/Sharings: We need practical solutions more than awareness.
- Not for Therapies/Cures: We make the realistic assumption that adult autistics will remain autistic.
- Not for Charity: We are looking for solutions outside the charity model.
- Not about Talks: We need more solutions and fresh ideas; experts are here more to guide than to share.
- Truly Inclusive: The project is started by an autistic and has a team of both NeuroTypicals and autistics organising it.
Seeking solutions for the following topics:
- Substitute Caregiving: Finding ways to delegate and replace personal caregiver duties without compromising the care for autistics (e.g. forming an advisory committee of trusted people to advise on life decisions, moving the autistic to an affordable overseas care centre)
- Investment Solutions: Finding ways to use resources to provide for and protect autistics (e.g. community farms, adult care centres, social enterprises, insurance policies, annuities) in the long-term
- Sustainable Success: Finding ways for autistics to achieve their success that also helps to provide for their own living expenses as much as possible (e.g. teaching autistics how to run a farm to grow food, starting a robot-proof business)
- Living with Dignity: Finding ways to help autistics feel valued, positive and happy (e.g. how to let autistics pursue their harmless interests instead of bossing them around to do chores)
- Building Careers: Finding ways to develop talents and create careers for autistics beyond the formal educational system
- Personal Development: Finding ways for autistics to master advanced life skills, cultivate personal responsibility, develop resilience, form meaningful relationships and emerge as future leaders.
- Combating Discrimination: Finding ways to bypass or dispel the discrimination that is limiting autistic employability and potential
- Making New Deals: Finding ways for autistics and caregivers to help each other (e.g. parents fund university scholarship for autistics who will serve a bond to help their community)
What happens during the event?
All participants who join the forum will also be part of a WhatsApp group (known as the main group).
Participants who have their own projects or who want to start a new project will register as speakers for the event. Speakers get 3 minutes to introduce themselves and 3 minutes to introduce their ideas to the audience. While they speak, a link to their very own temporary WhatsApp group (known as the sub-group) will be shared on the main group. Interested participants can click on these to join the sub-groups for further followup.
Speakers who already have existing projects will speak first, followed by those who wish to start new projects. After all the speakers have presented their projects, the audience will be invited to share. They will get 3 minutes each to present their ideas, counter-proposals and concerns. If they have more than one idea, they can share another time after everyone else has got a chance to share.
A countdown clock will be displayed prominently on the screen to help enforce the time limit.
What is Needed?
- A sponsored space for the event (for around 260 people)
- Accommodation for adult autistics who come along (e.g. quiet rooms for those with sensory issues)
- Volunteers to help organise the event
- Networkers to help contact and invite the people to participate
- Some money to get things running
If you want to be notified when this event is finalised, you may join the iautistic announcement-only WhatsApp chat group