Visiting Nashville TN for the Future Horizon’s Autism Conference

Temple and I at a FH conference in 2014 held in Atlanta

On Thursday, November the 29th, I will be boarding a flight that is bound for Nashville, Tennesee.  During my stay,  I will spend much of the afternoon and evening studying, dining and sleeping in my hotel.  The following morning, I will grab myself a large breakfast before hopping on the hotel’s shuttle which will drop me off at the Nashville Airport Marriott.  It is at this site that Future horizons will hold it’s autism conference where I will blog about the event and the speakers.

 

I am particularly looking forward to attending this event is that two out of three speakers are women next to being on the spectrum like myself.   What is more is that one of them happens to be Temple Grandin, who I have been acquainted with for quite some time. One of the main reasons is because her latest talks included information about how an adult with autism can learn to drive.  Being that I am 37 and have never learned, I feel it’s never too late.  So I am hoping to inquire with her second reason I catch up with Temple is that I have a friend who is currently unemployed and is facing some levels of discouragement at the moment.   I would like to put her on the phone with him because she is very encouraging and I believing she would give him some helpful advice.   Say, getting a work portfolio work samples that my friend can present when seeking a new job. All the while hoping to provide tips when he gets discouraged.   Ultimately, Temple and I are both very quirky women on the spectrum who believe in getting things done.   I look forward to seeing another go-getter like myself who believes in others on the spectrum.  

Not only that, I look forward to meeting Anita Lesko, who the second woman on the spectrum who will be presenting.   At the present, Lesko and I have not only had the chance to hear her speak live in an interview on World Autism Awareness Day.  I also had a chance to read her book “The Stories I Tell My Friends,” which is exclusively about Temple herself.  I am also inspired by her own amazing adventures including her all autistic wedding and her adventures flying on a fighter jet next to sharing some of the same struggles that I face daily.   As those of you who are my followers recall,  I read and reviewed that book.   So am I excited to finally be able to meet Anita.   

Following both of their talks, I look to get my copy of “The Stories I Tell My Friends” and hopefully at the same time.  Apart from getting the book signed, I hope to pose in a photo together with Temple and Anita.  Particularly as a way of saying “Thank you” for allowing me to read and review their book.

 

 

At long last,  I will have the chance to meet Dr. Jim Ball, who is specialized in ABA.    One of the reasons to listen to him is because of the some of the work that I am currently becoming more familiar with all this.   As I don’t know much about Applied Behavior Analysis, one would argue that it would sensible to get my feet wet.  This is especially since so many adults with autism are protesting the use of ABA versus other therapies such as floor time. 

While I impassioned about the conference,  there are two more days.  During that time, I have to remind myself that things need to be done now and then.  Between work, finals to study for and a flight to catch, there is a lot to be done.  

At this time,  you may wish to look at the link which contains information on the conference. 

https://www.fhautism.com/about-our-autism-conferences/autism-conference-with-temple-grandin-in-nashville-tn-november-30-2018/

Autism Conference with Dr. Grandin, Anita Lesko and Jim Ball in Nashville

On Friday, November 30,2019,   Future Horizon’s, will host an autism conference at the Nashville Marriott Airport.  Featured speakers will be Dr. Temple Grandin, her friend Anita Lesko and Jim Dr.  Ball.  The event will also feature lots of additional resources related to autism that one can purchase which are designed to provide some meaty resources that the reader can apply to their own life.  Examples include “The Stories I tell My Friends”,  “Manners Matter,” as well as a few others in which Temple and Anita will be able to sign during the event.

The first speaker will be , Dr. Grandin who will talk about her latest book, “Calling All Minds” which is a book which is all about sharing her favorite crafts for children on the spectrum versus playing video games.  Thought I was able to pick up a copy, I am yet to sit down and review Temple’s latest book and write a review.

Brunch with Temple
Grandin and I in Chicago earlier this year signing “Calling All Minds.” .

 

 

 

Following Anita Lesko, who is also on the spectrum and a good friend of Temple’s, will take center stage and talk about her life as a woman who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in her 50’s.   In the same manner, Lesko will most likely touch on topics of her her marriage to Abraham in 2015 in which the entire wedding party and guests were on the spectrum.   Apart from this, Lesko will share her experiences of personal interests to earning a career in the medical profession as a anesthesiologist who often shares her struggles on holding a high demand career with high levels of stress to colleagues who have misunderstood Lesko’s situation.  Sooner or later, Anita will also share her experiences of writing “The Stories I Tell My Friends” which is exclusively about Temple and the people who have gotten to know her down through the years.

Anita Lesko
Pictured: Anita Lesko

 

Finally, the conference will feature Dr. Jim Ball, who is a licensed specialist in Applied Behavioral Analysis or ABA. During he talk about the work he has done for 25 years in serving children and adults with Autism.  He will share valuable information on programs related to ABA and specific curriculum which he believes to be the most effective in treating students and other patients with autism.   Post Ball’s presentation, the conference will come to a close with the hopes that families, professionals and attendees who are on the spectrum will come away with different mind-sets that one with autism can have a self-fufilling life despite the challenges.

If you are in the area and would like to attend,  information can be found below

https://www.fhautism.com/about-our-autism-conferences/autism-conference-with-temple-grandin-in-nashville-tn-november-30-2018/

 

                                                      References

 

Autism interview number 13: Anita Lesko on healthcare and her all autism     

     wedding.  [Photograph].  Learn from autistics: Connecting parents and caregivers with       autistic voices. https://learnfromautistics.com/voices-from-the-spectrum-13-anita-    lesko/