all brains are beautiful: a look at neurodiversity and autism
Our introductory workshop created in 2017 by Autistics United Vancouver in collaboration with SFU Autistics United. "All Brains are Beautiful" discusses the concepts of neurodiversity, autistic/disabled identity, culture, and pride, as well as practical tips for allying and community care. Currently, we are collaborating with Douglas College and Simon Fraser University to produce a filmed version of the workshop.
We have two others versions of our all brains a beautiful workshop; our Autistic Intersections Workshop and our Disability Justice Workshop. See below for more information.
autistics intersections workshop
"If you have met one autistic person, you have met one autistic person!"
While public perception of autism is often stereotyped, autistic people are diverse and multi-faceted, coming from all walks (and wheels) of life. The autistic experience intersects with race, gender, citizenship, faith, age, socioeconomic status, other disabilities, and more.
In this workshop, autistic self-advocates from Autistics United Canada speak about autistic identity and its intersections from lived experience. Topics include neurodiversity, effective allyship, universal design, and disability justice. Note that is a one of three versions of our All Brains are Beautiful Workshop.
an introduction to disability justice
What is neurodiversity? How can we better support neurodivergent and disabled folks in our communities? How do we leverage our individual and collective power to act on disability justice?
Ou disability justice workshop is an introductory workshop on neurodiversity, autistic identity, disability justice, collective access, inclusive event planning, and more! It includes many aspects of our All Brains are Beautiful: An Introduction to Neurodiversity workshop, but is slightly more advanced.
Topics include: - Neurodiversity, or why all brains are beautiful - Autistic identity and its intersections with other marginalized identities - Misconceptions and myths - Allying and collective community care - Accessibility, universal design, and inclusive event planning - Broader issues of disability justice.
10 things autistic people wish you knew
Originally developed as a professional development workshop for the Manitoba Department of Families in 2017, "10 Things Autistic People Wish You Knew" addresses some common misunderstandings about autism as well as best practices for working with autistic people in a clinical environment.
you don't have to have neurotypical sex: autism, sex, and relationships
This workshop is about how autism interacts with sexuality, and includes topics such as communication, sensory processing, and barriers to a healthy sexual and/or romantic life for autistic people. Presented first at the University of Winnipeg, this workshop was also conducted the academic conference Congress in 2018 in Regina.
Request a Workshop
If you would like to request a workshop for your organization, please contact us for more information including our sliding scale rates. We adapt our workshops to fit your organization's needs! In your request, please include:
a brief description of what your organization does
the length of the desired workshop
the location and its accessibility
the general topic(s) of the workshop (e.g. introduction to neurodiversity, myths and misunderstandings, relationships and sex, tips and advice for a particular workplace environment, allying and community care, or a suggestion of your own)
Please contact us at least a month ahead of time, so that we can make accessibility arrangements.
For ongoing or one-time consultation, we also offer individualized services to help you improve accessibility and inclusion of autistic people in your organization. Please contact us to discuss what that can look like for your organization!