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About the programme and the presenters

The presenters at Autminds 2015 are known. You can check them out at Sprekers Autminds 2015!

Among them a few that are famous for their presentations in the Netherlands, like Monique Post and Gijs Horvers.

Damian Milton comes all the way from the UK to bring us up to speed on developments in there on the field of inclusion and participation of people with autism in the society.

Sonja gives examples of how autism gets a place in non-Western cultures and discusses what these examples can learn us about dealing with autism and being different in our society.

Helmer van Weelderen addresses a similar question: How can we learn to look differently at people that think differently. His presentation will be focussed on the concept of neurodiversity.

Martijn Dekker, current chair of the English Autscape, will tell us about the history of (international, predominantly English-based) groups of people with autism, spawning amongst others Autreat (USA) and Autscape (UK).

Further development of this movement requires knowledge about the use of experiential knowledge and experiential skills.

Jeroen van Eijk will explain this and relate it to concepts like recovery and the care that supports that.

Monique Post will talk about emancipation of people with autism, a subject she defends fiercely. She will present together with Jonathan Hanna.

How can we, people with autism, find each other, strengthen one another and broaden our experiential skills?

Petra Wermink-Vos gives a practical answer using Auticircles, aimed at the entrepreneurial women with autism. Autisme and running your own business is the theme of her workshop.

Henk-Jan Raaijmakers and Cor Jongejeugd take a different approach and discuss the network of employers with autism that are active as the Autism Ambassadors.

The theme employment is also addressed by Jose Spruyt. She will focus on jobcrafting: actively modifying your job to fit the (im)possibilities of yourself as well as your environment.

Finally, at a congres bearing the theme “singlevoiced and multivocal”, about the similarity and diversity between people with autism, we could not possibly forget to explore this aspect of autism. Several presenters will demonstrate this, all from their unique perspective.

Marc Beek takes you along on a short walk in the direct environment. In this Experience Autism Walk you can get inspired by nature and culture and learn to express what autism means or is for you. You can use this in meetings and lectures, or if you want to explain your autism to somebody without.

Diederik Weve does the same but in a creative way. Using images, scissors, glue and 2-line sentences you will form an image of (your) autism; and all these images assembled will form a strong multifaceted image of autism.

Melanie Oldenhave will explore with you how you think about autism in a playfull manner. What images do you have? What views and experience do you have. In groups you will play the game game ‘a loose wire’ –it’s a serious game.

Hannah Ebben’s presentation is, partly from a scientific point of view also about images and metafore for autism. She puts language at the centre, both texts, words as visual markers in movies. What metafores are being used to describe autism. What metaphores would you select to express your autism and personal experiences?

From expressing autism in words, images, metafores or movement we arrive at the arts. What influence can autism have on art? Does autistic art exist and if so what does it look like? Gijs Horvers is your tourguide on this search.

Finally Rianne Jansen will give a workshop mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to deal with overstimulation and stress. A congress like Autminds can stimulate and over-stimulate. So it can come in handy if you are prepared.

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