Events for January 2023
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Autistic Friendly Holidays and Traditions
Many families rely on holidays and traditions to create connections, feel a tie to history, and share values. But often family traditions and expectations can exclude autistics, whether because of sensory needs, disrupted routines, or confusing expectations. This session will help you explore how your autistic family member (or you yourself) can be a powerful force towards creating ritual and tradition that meets the needs of your family. It will include strategies for managing the overwhelm that often comes around the holidays, interactive practice for brainstorming traditions that work for your family, and tips for meeting everyone’s needs.
Presenter: Zephyr James (any pronouns)
Zephyr James is an autistic adult and the Community Engagement Manager at the Autism Society of Minnesota. With over seven years of experience in the autism field, they spend their time talking to autistic community members to create resources that meet the needs of the community where they are. James has completed the Partners in Policymaking disability advocacy program and was a Minnesota LEND Fellow.