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Doctors with autism

At Autminds 2016 Els told about how life works for her as a physician and being diagnosed with autism. When she received her diagnosis she felt like being the only medical practitioner with autism. She was unaware of anyone, doctor or medical student, being on the spectrum. An invisible community.


As a result she created a website http://www.artsenmetautisme.nl/en/ to connect and reach out to fellow doctors or medical students.


She wrote on her site to contribute to an improved image of people (doctors and others) with autism. General acceptance is key, including a doctor with autism. The fact that you have autism does not mean you are a lesser phycisian.


Blog about Autminds on disabilitystudies.nl

Lieke Peters-Greijn, PhD-student/researcher at Disability Studies in the Nederlands (DSiN), visited Autminds 2016. She herself has no autism.

Lieke wrote a blog (in Dutch) about her experience as a non-autist at a convention for and by people with autism.

“Today I was the person with a disability. Simply because I was the one who was not conforming to the standard, I deviated from the rule. I was having difficulties with functioning according their set of rules. It was me who was feeling like an outsider”, blogged Lieke.


Autminds 2017 theme: ‘InsideOut’

The third edition of Autminds has been decided. It will be:


Let’s get inspired by our theme. We hope – once more this year – to receive multiple interesting presentations, workshops, lectures and other modes of sharing information.


First impressions from visitors

First reactions of Autminds 2016 visitors:

“Thanks a million for all the efforts to create a beautiful day on Saturday. All five lectures were worth it and would have loved to add two more days to hear them all. I hope I will have the opportunity again next year. The presentations provided a nice image of the versatility of autism. Vulnerabilities were shown, problems but also the powerful side, the believe in oneself, dedication and devotion and the peculiarity of each person.”


“The quality of certain presentations fell short.”

“Hats off to the speakers!”

“Well organised. Much effort was put in place to accomodate the visitor’s autism.”


“Announce the event to medical organisations, UWV’s (employee insurance agency), psychologist’s organisations, etc.”

“People without autism are welcome as long as they are a minority and as long as they are not present to make money from the situation.”

“I am very happy to have been present, worth the trip from far away Belgium ;)”



A huge thank you for everyone involved with Autminds 2016!

We would also like to thank the Dr. Leo Kannerhuis for providing us location De Brouwerij for free.

A special thank you goes out to Evert, De Brouwerij’s caretaker. He arrived early to let us in and left as last. Even after the event we are coorporating with him to return lost items to their rightful owners.

Of course we also would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers and speakers.

Autminds organisation


Logo De Brouwerij


New at Autminds: a Starters Group can help you

New at Autminds or looking for an easy (easier) way to meet new people?

Will you be visiting by yourself and you know someone?

Register for a Starters Group. It is an easy way to make you feel welcome at Autminds. A Starters Group exists of 4-6 people which allows you to join forces. At the start of the day you will be introduced to eachother. This concept helps you to get to know a couple of people. Then you can discuss what your plans are and how, where and when you will meet up during the day. For example, you can meet up at lunchtime.

When you have registered for a Starters Group you are not stuck with your group. You attend the sessions of your own choice (you are not obliged to attend the sessions of your group). It is interesting to meet new people. Participating in a Starters Group will prove more accessible to get to know new people.

Would you like this? Send an email to register for a Starters Group to inschrijven@autminds.nl.




About the program

We have assembled an interesting and varied convention program. As a visitor of Autminds, you have the choice of three different, parallel sessions.Presentations that are linked to eachother and/or cover alike themes are scheduled at different times as to allow the visitor to attend the theme completely.

Themes (groups of presentations) are:

  1. Organisations by and for people with autism; political inclusiveness of (your) autism; “the” or “your” “autistic identity”
  2. Work
  3. Life quality
  4. Subcategories within the autism spectrum/ invisibility leading to misunderstanding.

More information about the correlation between programs and themes.

Full program here.