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Honestly Autism Day is a day devoted to understanding autism and is presented by the Partnership Project, which is a collaboration of committed volunteers from the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake,  Baltimore County Public Schools, and the Department of Special Education at Towson University. It is held in April to celebrate Autism Awareness month.  Parents, family members, professionals and people with autism come together to listen, ask questions and learn from each other.  Experienced speakers share their knowledge of vast topics related to autism and individuals with autism give open and honest insight into their lives on the autism spectrum.  It is a positive, uplifting day filled with revelations and shared ideas.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Keynote Speaker, Chris Ulmer  PRESENTS!

Engaging Neurodiverse Individuals: The Power of Acceptance and Positivity

A message from Chris:

“We each have a profound power within us, that when harnessed correctly, can enable us to form meaningful relationships with anyone, neurodiverse or otherwise. The fear that comes from not knowing how to access this power, has detrimental impacts. We’ve all seen the effects first hand through bullying and the isolation of the neurodiverse community from the rest of society. In order to create a world of universal acceptance, we have to get past the fear of the unknown and our pre-disposition with labels. I have made it my life’s mission to normalize the diversity of the human condition by showcasing how a little understanding, positivity, and acceptance can make a better world for all.”

Chris Ulmer, lovingly referred to as Mr. Chris, began his career as a special education teacher in Jacksonville, Florida. After spending three years with the same students he observed a disconnect between his pupils and society. The intelligence and humor displayed by his students was not typically appreciated by those without special needs experience. For this reason Mr. Chris started Special Books by Special Kids, a multi-media nonprofit that is now spearheading a worldwide acceptance movement. Today, Chris dedicates his time to traveling around the world and teaching others about neurodiversity; performing speaking engagements and interviewing neurodiverse individuals to be featured on SBSK.

 

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Also, don’t forget about our PAT ON THE BACK AWARDS to honor those who have demonstrated their support and commitment to the autism community.