Lei Wiley-Mydske Autistic Advocate & Founder of the Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Lending Library to Speak at 2019 Targeting Autism Forum
Lei Wiley-Mydske is an autistic and otherwise neurodivergent adult and disability rights activist. She is the director of the Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library in Stanwood, Washington and the Community Outreach Coordinator for Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. She is a writer and illustrator currently working on a children’s book about autism acceptance featuring the Neurodivergent Narwhals. Lei has spoken at national conferences and in her local community on neurodiversity, collaborative advocacy, creating safe and accessible spaces for autistic people and using satire and humor as a tool to combat systemic ableism. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her amazing neurodiverse family.
The topic of Lei’s talk will be Supporting the Autistic Community Through Neurodiversity Libraries. Lei will look at and challenge the ways we talk about autism in our society. Who is dominating the conversations about autism and whose voices should be prioritized and centered? She will explore the ideas of neurodiversity, autistic pride and autistic culture and how to create accessible, inclusive, grassroots community based resources that support and uphold those ideas.
Registration for the Forum is open through April 15th. Send an email here. Include your name, contact information, professional affiliation and a brief statement of what you hope to gain from attending the forum.
Lodging and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided. Because registration for the forum will probably exceed the number of hotel rooms available, please consider commuting if travel to Dominican University in River Forest, IL, is convenient.