Dilshad Ali, Autism Advocate & White House “Champion of Change” Will Speak at the Targeting Autism Forum, May 16-17
Dilshad D. Ali, an autism mom, has worked in the realm of autism advocacy for years, currently serving on the Advisory Board for Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs and in the past as the Chair of the Advisory Board for EnabledMuslim, affiliated with American Muslim Health Professionals. She also serves on the Virginia Autism Advisory Council and advocated for the passage of an autism health insurance bill free of age caps, which came to fruition this past legislative year. In 2015, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the ADA, Dilshad was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her writing on autism, faith and family in Muslim communities on her blog The Muslimah Next Door.
Dilshad will share some of the challenges that Muslims who have autism and their families face in their own communities, as well as, how we can better engage the autism Muslim community with libraries.
Registration for the Forum is open through April 15th or until we reach maximum capacity. To register, 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.