A few pictures from the 2016 Targeting Autism Forum, held at the Illinois State Library on March 10-11. All sessions were recorded and will be accessible/posted soon.
Marty Murphy – self-advocate and national public speaker on autism, special education and learning disabilities.
Ann Ford – Executive Director of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL), a network of 22 Illinois non-residential, community based organizations, which provide resource and advocacy services to persons with disabilities.
Ariadne Blayde – playwright and 2008 winner of the Kennedy Center’s VSA Playwright Discovery Award for her one-act play, The Other Room, which depicts a brilliant high school student with autism, who struggles to communicate his inner thoughts and emotions, which are revealed to the audience through four unique characters.
The Alex & Hayden Show. Alex and Hayden are two middle school students with autism. With the assistance of their teacher (far right), Jan Abernethy, they created over 30 episodes of their internet show, where they interview guests, showcase pets and share interesting facts about autism. Seated beside Jan is Hayden Davis, Alex Dudzenski, and Hayden’s mom, Katie Henderson.
From the right: John Donvan, Caren Zucker – authors of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism. Russ Bonanno, former director, The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) and Targeting Autism consultant and trainer.
Illinois Literary Heritage Award presented to John Donvan and Caren Zucker. From the right: Illinois State Library Director, Anne Craig, John Donvan, Caren Zucker, Russ Bonanno.