Tokenism often plays a key factor among the marginalized groups and autistics are no exception. Here to talk to us about tokenism is Kayla Rodriguez who will also share this later in at the panel.
Kayla Rodriguez is Puerto Rican and was diagnosed with Aspergers when she was a child but she prefers to identify as autistic. Kayla was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kayla is originally from New York but has moved with her family to many states including Florida, Virginia, and Georgia. Kayla currently resides in Buford, Georgia. Kayla had difficulty in school and struggled to identify her passion for a career. After high school, she made connections with autistic self-advocates and realized advocacy was her calling. She joined Autistic Self-Advocacy Atlanta, an affiliate group of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. She then learned advocacy in the Bobby Dodd Ambassador Program, the GaLEND (Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program and the My Voice My Participation My Board program. Kayla is very talented in writing and speaking and she has spoken in several panels and she won the Golden Goal Goldie Award for Young Community Advocate. She just finished her first-ever work experience, which was a paid internship at GCDD (Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities) and is currently figuring out her next step.
Also, be sure to stay tuned for more information about the re-scheduling of our panel
1. Ashley Dudley: April 12, 2020, 8:00 PM EST
2. Stepanie Holmes: April 19, 2020, 8:00 PM EST
3. Be sure to stay tuned for information about a surprise mystery guest
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